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I tried the Catalyst 8-6 drivers with my new 3200 IPG (780G mobo) and got a white screen of death. I went back to radeonHD and at least mode-setting works if no acceleration. I'm a patient man, and will wait for the radeonHD team to bang away at the registers.
I’m really looking forward to this new driver release and hope its coming out soon.
So far, I have only been able to install Catalyst 8.6 on Arch Linux, but not to change the screen resolution (to 1152x864 @ 100Hz – I don’t think that’s something extraordinary!).
On Zenwalk I couldn’t install the driver at all, neither on kernel 2.5, nor 2.6. I have checked the net for the several error messages I got due my process in trying to get the drivers to work and it seems like its back to applying patches and compiling the kernel just to get a graphics card driver to work (reminds me of my time when I was still using a Radeon 9800 and why I have changed to nVidia).
In games on Windows the new HD4870 is a blast, which is why I really like to keep this card. But its frustrating to see that momentarily that’s really the only way my new rig is workable.
Since I still have a week time to return the new card I hope the driver is coming out in the next couple of days because I really want to give it another try.