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  • AMD Catalyst 8.9 Gets WINE Fix, RandR 1.2 Support

    http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...ux-radeon.html

    Release notes: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206..._89_linux.html

  • #2
    Come on ATi, support my 3870x2 already... the thing's price has already halved from when I bought it in April so put that profit to good use!

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    • #3
      Woohoo! I broke my linux server at home last night with a pvmove that went awry, but it's almost fully back up and running - now to break the workstation with this

      Good to see there's a lot of "under the hood" fixes for stuff involving screen corruption.

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      • #4
        Anyone notice any changes when it comes to full screen corruption (the dreaded checkerboard)? For me, full screen native apps did NOT have any issues in 8.8, but wine apps and flash full screen videos (e.g. YouTube) did have problems. In 8.9, wine has been fixed, but flash remains a problem. I did not have any full screen corruption problems with any of these several months ago (forgot what Catalyst that was, though), so this is probably a problem with the drivers and not the flash plugin.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LOLatMS View Post
          Anyone notice any changes when it comes to full screen corruption (the dreaded checkerboard)? For me, full screen native apps did NOT have any issues in 8.8, but wine apps and flash full screen videos (e.g. YouTube) did have problems. In 8.9, wine has been fixed, but flash remains a problem. I did not have any full screen corruption problems with any of these several months ago (forgot what Catalyst that was, though), so this is probably a problem with the drivers and not the flash plugin.
          My screen corruption problems appear to be solved. It affected mostly wine apps, but there were some native apps that exhibited the problem as well. For instance, the loading screen of nexuiz. I don't have any problem with flash at all. If you use Ubuntu, try enabling backports, which will install a newer (possibly beta) version of flash player.

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          • #6
            i must say that's the most impressive fglrx changelog i've seen in months. assuming that all the mentioned problems are really resolved.

            A fatal server error no longer occurs when changing the display resolution using Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition and restarting X. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37419

            Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition: Clicking on the 3D leaf in Page Tree no longer results in 3D Page Tree failing to respond. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37425

            Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition: A green box at the bottom of the page the TV and Position page is no longer displayed. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37426

            Default buttons are no longer available in the Catalyst Control Center for driver options that do not have custom settings available. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37427

            HDMI Audio support for the Linux Operating system is now available for the ATI Radeon HD 3100/3200 series of products. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37420

            Hot plugging a digital panel to an ATI Radeon HD 46x0 series product no longer results in the digital panel failing to become active. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37421

            X-Windows no longer fails to launch after the driver installation for the ATI Radeon HD 4870 product. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37422

            Rebooting the system after completing the driver installation no longer results in X failing to re-start on systems containing an ATI FireGL V7700 series of product. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37431

            X no longer fails to respond when shutting down in dual head mode. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37430

            The entire X desktop including the mouse cursor is no longer choppy during playback of video files or suzi test app. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37423

            The TV size and position adjusting sliders are no longer missing on systems running Linux. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37424

            Running aticonfig –initial –f on a system with two display devices connected no longer results in dual head mode failing to function. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37438

            Automatic post install configuration is now functioning. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37441

            Corruption is no longer noticed on the Linux Desktop when moving an application or browser window. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37439

            Logging out one of multiple users no longer results in X failing to display an image. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37440

            Connecting an HDMI display device may result in the audio failing to be heard. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37428

            Connecting both a CRT and DFP display device no longer results in the CRT failing to display an image if the DFP is disconnected and then reconnected to the system. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37429

            The resolutions of 540p and 1080p @ 60Hz no longer fail to be added to the Display Manager list of resolutions when they are selected from HDTV -> Formats. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37435

            Connecting an HDMI display device and connecting an HDMI cable from the graphics card to the display device no longer results in audio failing. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37436

            Closing fgl_glxgears or glxgears via the toolkit “X” in a multi-head dual-head environment no longer results in a segmentation fault. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37432

            Running textured video on systems running Linux no longer results in a segmentation fault. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37433

            GLESX: An unresolved symbol error is no longer noticed in the XOrg log. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37442

            Playing rotyov no longer results in the system response time becoming slow on SLES10.2. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37443

            Doom 3: The performance gap between Windows XP and Linux no longer increases when CrossFire is enabled. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37434

            Doom3: Enabling clone mode and setting the display resolution to 1280x1024 no longer results in corruption being noticed. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37437
            if each fglrx release will get that much attention i can see bright future for linux proprietary ati driver.

            than again, the regression list looks quite scary.
            Last edited by yoshi314; 09-18-2008, 03:24 AM.

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            • #7
              I still have an error on closing glx_gears. In combination with millions of errors reported when using valgrind (memory leak checker) on glxgears. Besides that, glxinfo hanged (no error, it just hangs). This happened only on one of my computers (which uses dual screen on a AMD 3450 with two X screens), my other computer (HD 4870, single screen) does not hang with glxinfo.

              Other things I still have to try, I didn't have time for that. For example, with 8.8 I got screen corruption when using Blender in windowed mode (full screen: no problems). I didn't have time yet to test this with 8.9.

              [edit]
              Tested blender: screen corruption is less bad as with 8.8, but it still blackens my Gnome panels (panels on top and bottom of screen turn black, when you use the menu, the part of the panel which is used turn normal again.
              [/edit]
              Last edited by Heiko; 09-18-2008, 05:49 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tsume View Post
                Come on ATi, support my 3870x2 already... the thing's price has already halved from when I bought it in April so put that profit to good use!
                What he said. They just got xfire, get on with xfireX already(or whatever's needed) It's the only reason i'm in Vista atm...

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                • #9
                  Undefined symbols may be noticed when trying to load fglrx on Ubuntu 8.10. Further details can be found in topic number: 737-37447
                  So still no xserver 1.5 support?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by debunk
                    Great to see they fixed the checkerboard of death, but I now get a black screen when launching all hl2 games I own (hl2, ep1 and 2 and portal). If I disable pixel shaders in winecfg I do get visible output the startup screen, but the game exits and a popup appears telling me the game needs at least directx 8.0. I tried setting dxlevel to 80, 81 and 90, but I keep getting the same error.
                    I'll try tweaking the wine registry when I have time later on today to see if I can fix it.
                    Nevermind, I forgot to reboot after I installed the new drivers.

                    I'll delete the original post but leave this reply here in case anyone else is as dumb as I am

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                    • #11
                      It seems that half-life 2 via wine works the first time I run it. But subsequent runs result in a black screen after the Valve logo. This persists until reboot.

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                      • #12
                        Chris Clearwater:

                        Thanks. Rather than enable backports, I just installed Flash Player 10 RC manually. It's much better than the beta I tried a month or two months back. The full screen problem is now gone. I guess the problem was on Adobe's side. Not surprised there, but between blaming ATI or blaming Adobe with regards to their Linux support... now that's a hard choice!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by StefanHamminga View Post
                          So still no xserver 1.5 support?
                          I also had hoped that I could leave 1.5 on my upcomming Fedora 9 installation, guess I'll need to downgrade that one...
                          Downloading the new driver now, hope it will be better than 8.8.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NeoBrain View Post
                            I also had hoped that I could leave 1.5 on my upcomming Fedora 9 installation, guess I'll need to downgrade that one...
                            Downloading the new driver now, hope it will be better than 8.8.
                            I'd say that this release is definitely an improvement, at least for what I do (occasional 3D game, Starcraft and Warcraft 3 in wine, videos in mplayer, flash videos on YouTube... I haven't checked for tearing in videos (that has never gone away for me, even when the release notes claim the issue was fixed.) I use mplayer (generally latest or near-latest svn) xv output.

                            Hopefully, you don't have to downgrade. That's just a bummer. Please let us know how it goes.

                            Overall, thumbs up from me. (I'll save two thumbs up when (if?) we reach parity with the Windows Catalyst drivers... but hey, even those are buggy!)

                            Random Edit: What's the difference between "thumbs up" and "two thumbs up"? "Thumbs up" is already plural. Perhaps I should give this release a thumb up, but that just sounds awkward.
                            Last edited by LOLatMS; 09-18-2008, 05:33 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Chris Clearwater View Post
                              It seems that half-life 2 via wine works the first time I run it. But subsequent runs result in a black screen after the Valve logo. This persists until reboot.
                              I once had to turn off shader support in winecfg in order to get into the menu. Not sure if the problem should be fixed now though.

                              EDIT: oh wait, you are talking about HL 2...
                              I really should practise reading a bit :P

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