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  • #46
    Installing build-essential and dkms, installing the driver with the ATI Installer, doing that single aticonfig command doesn't take a minute. Fast enough, I think

    Where's the PTS benchmark for installing fglrx vs. compiling open source packages?


    • #47
      Originally posted by SheeEttin View Post
      Hey, icon corruption is gone now.
      But video playback seems to have broken.

      In any case, I've updated my installer script for the 'buntus, which can be found here.

      EDIT: Yep, looks like it made 3D totally unusable. Tried Sauerbraten, and it does this weird split-screen checkerboard thingy. I can see everything, but it's completely unplayable.

      Maybe a problem somewhere with endian-ness? Just a shot in the dark... Screenshots come out normal, so a picture here. (This happens to everything on-screen until I close Sauerbraten.)
      Oh yeah, and the Phoronix article says it doesn't support Xorg 7.4/X server 1.5, which is what I'm running... The last driver worked fine.
      No need to wonder about 3D not working as Catalyst REALLY doesn't support Xorg 7.4/XServer 1.5. They introduced a new driver infrastructure which is yet not at all supported in Catalyst.

      From what I see in this thread we can (again) say that many people experience success and many experience disappointments.
      Lucky that I'm one of the success ones


      • #48
        Mhh and instead of "ATi rocks! ATi Sux!" and so on... what about this technical question i made?

        Originally posted by Vighy View Post
        Hey, but clock gating was enabled for all chips!? even M76? by default? or there are options to set it?

        and is it somehow related to POWERplay? because powerplay was not enabled for my M76, and i cannot find anywhere that clock gating was enabled....
        Maybe Bridgman knows... I say maybe because lately he said:
        Originally posted by bridgman View Post
        Hold on Vighy, there's a big difference between "ATI didn't know" and "bridgman didn't know". The second one happens all the time


        • #49
          Problems with TV

          I have a problem with TV using new drivers. Plus is that KDETV is finally working with v4l2/xvideo (and I can run TVTime), but it makes strange things with the image - it is BW covered by moving translucent colour diagonal stripes and it looks like colours are taken from image (scene with forest has green stripes etc). Any idea? I have HD3200, OS 10.3, plain X11 without compizes and so..


          • #50
            Originally posted by d2kx View Post
            Fresh Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit.
            Installed build-essential & dkms.
            Launched ATI-Installer, clicked "next" several times.
            Let aticonfig configure my xorg.conf.

            So I can't agree with Redeeman here, but still it was funny to read
            Your only half right, the driver still has 3 major bugs i notice... i don't use compiz normally, however right nwo i have it enabled due to major bugs with rendering the gnome system monitor with the compiz disabled...

            first bug: the installer is half broken on ubuntu...

            this command works:
            sudo sh --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy
            this command does not work:
            sudo sh --buildpkg Ubuntu/8.04
            second bug: see my previously mentioned statement about having compiz disabeld and the rendering of gnome system monitor being unusable... moving the window causes major errors across the screen ( last known to work somewhat properly is 8.4 driver release)

            third bug: Xvideo output problems due to compiz...

            mplayer ( ubuntu repository) and VLC's xvideo output flickers badly when in windowed mode.

            smplayer does not render any video when the video output is set to XV. ( using latest svn release of mplayer )

            mplayer does not render video in full screen, but renders windowed properly. (revision 27099 of mplayer)

            smplayer does not render video at all when using the revision 27099 of mplayer.

            oh and on a quick note, when you have doom 3 running in windowed mode with compiz it tends to flicker a little bit, but not as bad as the video's being played in mplayer and vlc using the xvideo output.


            • #51
              The flickering video deal is not exactly a bug. It has been explained several times now. Bridgman keeps saying that running apps. in fullscreen should alleviate the problem, but that hasn't worked for me until this driver release. With the 8.6 I can finally game (in fullscreen) and watch videos (in fullscreen) while having Compiz on, as long as I don't have any other windows active. This holds true with Mplayer, Totem, and VLC (using whatever versions are default in Hardy), and for several games (Nexuiz, Alien Arena, Sauerbraten, Doom 3, Precipice of Darkness Ep1, Glest, Warsow, Urban Terror, Teeworlds).
              The packaging scripts are indeed semi-broken, but the auto installer works fine.
              Only problems I have with the driver are segfaults and horrible in game performance after a prolonged session, which is new for me (8.4 and 8.5 had none of these issues). I still get horizontal tears on screen when using Xv and OpenGL, but everytime it seems to be less apparent (hopefully by the next release it's gone for good).


              • #52
                Originally posted by Melcar View Post
                but everytime it seems to be less apparent
                Are you forcing yourself to believe so?


                • #53
                  Originally posted by sundown View Post
                  Are you forcing yourself to believe so?
                  There is no more tearing on my 200M. The replacement x800 I have on my desktop still shows distortion on the top half of the screen (horizontal line going from left to right).


                  • #54

                    like you, if i have compiz enabled and i watch video in fullscreen mode for example with vlc, i don't have problems but if i watch video in window mode, i have flickering.


                    • #55
                      I installed these drivers in Ubuntu 8.04 using "--buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/hardy".

                      1.Horizontal visual tearing when playing videos-->the card spews frames faster than the monitor/TV can finnish displaying.
                      2.The fan is constantly on and I am forced to use the special version of radeontool.


                      • #56
                        ....looked around at this new driver release, and yet again i am so glad that my new Lenovo laptop is on the way with NVIDIA to my office.

                        Sorry ATI, thanks for a long painful yet some time fun ride.

                        Please check this thread

                        look at the date, May 28, 2008 nvidia released driver that fully support latest kernel and latest Xorg server.

                        today is June 19th... and yet nothing from ATI to Fedora. what is the deal with ATI??? move faster or you will be loosing people. and i was waiting... not complaining... but this is way too long.

                        thanks to all enjoy.

                        PS. don't get me started about % of users with Fedora, or that is a bleeding edge, or anything else. if some companies can do this, others should be able too.


                        • #57
                          -I can log out(!!)
                          -running "X :1 -layout TV" still results in an unrecoverable black screen lockup
                          -Attempts to run "X -layout TV" from a console (without X running already) were foiled by fglrx - after rebooting, before logging in with KDM, I VT-switched to VT1. Then I tried to run "sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop" only to get an error message about KDM not stopping. Repeated attempts to stop kdm fail. OK may as well login now right? VT-switching to VT7 results in the cursor on VT1 vanishing and the screen locking where it is (on VT1). Can't VT-switch anywhere, can't enter any more commands, but at least the Magic SysReq key works.
                          -still have to edit manually to point to /var/run/xauth - this has been an issue since I started trying to use the ATI cards I've bought, back when 8-3 was current
                          -had to link to manually before the packages would build. I read about the fix in an Ubuntu thread which I believe was in reference to 8-4.

                          FINAL TALLY:

                          It's been zero happy smilies since I bought an HD3650, so I guess that's something. But why on earth does everyone who those last two items apply to have to apply those fixes themselves, driver after driver??

                          Why is it that AMD can produce a perfectly functional, not-completely-insulting driver for Windows but Linux operating systems get this hit or miss BS? fglrx is a joke.

                          (on an HD3870)
                          $ aticonfig --list-powerstates
                          Error: POWERplay is not supported on your hardware.

                          $ aticonfig --lsp
                          Error: POWERplay is not supported on your hardware.

                          Last edited by oblivious_maximus; 06-19-2008, 04:42 PM.


                          • #58
                            To me it seems that this version brings a small performance gain in OpenGL apps (blender & freecad), on a Xpress200.

                            - several areas of blender continue as slow as before, mainly everything that is 2d (texts & menus). The file selector screen is terribly slow when navigating in folders full of items. There also seems to be a small "lag" when switching window type.

                            - but several things are better. Still no dotted lines, but select/deselect has almost normal speed now. UVmapping screen also works at normal speed now.

                            - still a lot of 3d-related apps do a segfault on exit, including fglrxinfo himself

                            For the rest, I haven't seen any change since 8.5...


                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Mithrandir View Post
                              Why don't you use open source driver? It works quite well with X200M.
                              open source driver works very slow and buggy with my X200M (RC410)
                              so fglrx is only way, with tearing in 3D but X doesn't crash every minute.


                              • #60
                                "The flickering video deal is not exactly a bug", if so, why doesn't it happen on nvidia's drive? Who can explain to me?