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  • #16
    Hey this is the first time something like that happens!!
    It reminds me something very older when a driver from the old codebase used to display a watermark with AMD's logo at the lower right corner of the screen(I think so..) and AMD took the driver back after 1-2 days and gave out a new with the problem fixed! But this was not that serious!!

    Guys from AMD please do the same for this thing cause 8.10 driver from the website doesn't offer us anything new actually except for me that I don't have to disable my onboard HD 3200 chip everytime I boot into openSUSE cause screen used to remain black with 8.9 but still my on board 3200 is not a candidate for a Crossfire chain so still not usable!
    -XvMC enabled but not usable...
    -I still use 7.3 Xorg (xserver 1.4.0) although all the other Xorg packages are of 7.4 version from Xorg:X11 repo of suse 11(except for driver-input package cause otherwise mouse and keyboard don't work)
    -I just noticed that Anisotropic Filtering at AMDCCCLE reached x16 level but without HD 3200's support my HD 3450 cannot handle these levels easily...

    So nothing new that it is vitaly usable!

    You must replace it with Canonical's driver version even if it is in beta stage!!
    Last edited by djdoo; 10-16-2008, 08:29 PM.

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    • #17
      Well I tried Xine with XvMC (xxmc xine driver) and it is showing a correct menu at the settings after loading and also it is playing video!! DVD checked.
      In the past, I mean 8.9 and earlier, xxmc Xine driver could not be load at all...

      Seems that Mplayer is not usable! (Which I don't care too much about)

      Check Xine guys it might be a good surprise!

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      • #18
        I just love these threads! they just remind me how shitty AMD and their drivers are! I LOVE YOU AMD I NEVER GET BORED WITH YOU.

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        • #19
          It was to good to be true sadly...
          Video plays and after going down all DVD menus the playback starts and stops after a few moments freezing xine.

          But try it! It might work better for you...

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          • #20
            Originally posted by djdoo View Post
            Check Xine guys it might be a good surprise!
            I checked Kaffeine with xine engine and it still freezes the system with XV output. It can play video for several seconds but hangs anyway. And the picture gets screwed up when I stop or pause playback. With xshm it works fine.

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            • #21
              How is performance with Xorg 1.5? Especially EXA accel and compositing?

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              • #22
                I have installed the 8.10 driver on MythBuntu 8.04 with kernel 2.6.24.19-generic. It builds and installs fine, but starting the computer with the new driver results in a black screen. This after some resolution changes in the monitor (Samsung LCD tv through HDMI) It settles on 640x480 through VESA, but the screen remains black. Before with 8.9 it correctly set output to 1920x1080 through EDID. The output had to be corrected for overscan, but it did work.

                8.10 is much worse for me then 8.9, so I just reverted bsck. I have workarounds for almost all issues, except for the displaying of TV through mythtv. This gives garbled output when changing channels.

                8.10 is disappointing sofar.

                Hans

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                • #23
                  I think that the only reason there is 8.10 driver is the 'one driver every month'-policy. This 8.10 driver seems to be just 8.9 with some quick fixes to justify new driver and amd has really been working on something like 8.11 with support for new xorg and kernel. If some driver version has planned features that can't be done in less than month, driver team just puts out something like 8.10 to keep amd's driver policy going while they are all the time (for longer period of time) developing the "real" driver update.

                  This is how I see things.
                  Last edited by Petteri; 10-17-2008, 07:08 AM.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Petteri View Post
                    I think that the only reason there is 8.10 driver is the 'one driver every month'-policy. This 8.10 driver seems to be just 8.9 with some quick fixes to justify new driver and amd has really been working on something like 8.11 with support for new xorg and kernel. If some driver version has planned features that can't be done in less than month, driver team just puts out something like 8.10 to keep amd's driver policy going while they are all the time (for longer period of time) developing the "real" driver update.

                    This is how I see things.
                    If I remember an article about how the amd driver development occurs, basically yes. An "old" code path is kept before any major changes, and is used until the changes are ready for release. There's an article somewhere on phoronix which explains how it all goes.

                    Here it is:

                    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item=735&num=1
                    Last edited by mirv; 10-17-2008, 07:53 AM.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                      I'm starting to HATE Ubuntu for the same reasons I hate Windows.

                      Seriously.
                      good third party software support and beginner friendlieness?

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                      • #26
                        Anyone else have a problem with aticonfig segfaulting. Every time i try "sudo aticonfig --initial" I get a segfault. Never had this before.

                        Even tried removing everything fglrx after uninstalling previous driver using "find" command

                        If I reboot Xserver gives me a VESA driver. 8.9 worked fine apart from flickering 3d when using compositing (to be fair this is unlikely to be fixed until DRI2 as ATI APPEAR (?) to follow the protocols and not write their own versions of xserver parts- correct me if I'm wrong)

                        Running Ubuntu Hardy 8-04. Latest updates. Radeon Mobility 9600 (M10)

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                        • #27
                          You can use my script - it works with xserver 1.4.2 directly. No aticonfig tool needed, it can directly use the xorg.conf created by

                          dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

                          (you can even remove all xorg.conf* files and run that the reconfigure command then execute the script)

                          run in vt1 (ctrl-alt-f1):

                          http://kanotix.com/files/install-fglrx-debian.sh

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                          • #28
                            I said Xine(Xine-UI)! Not Kaffeine! Kaffeine could not load xxmc driver even with nvidia cards that could play XvMC video in the past here!

                            And NOT XV but XXMC.

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                            • #29
                              I have now Test the New Driver with Ubuntu Hardy and Intrepid and on Both Systems the Driver runs fine for me.

                              XvMC has no Problem ( now i can Play 1080p *.* and 720 with CnQ on the lowest Multi (200x5) )
                              Last edited by Nille; 10-20-2008, 01:16 AM.

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                              • #30
                                Um I just want to say... I did have a few hitches in installation, but I think they were very specific to my circumstances... However, if you like compiz, this driver in 8.10 ubuntu is the way to go... I mean I have compiz settings really turned up, and it works, completely, and utterly, perfectly. My framerate never drops below my refreshrate (60hz).

                                Mipmaps work and everything... WTF JUST HAPPENED. I like it... even if it was a little unstable at first.

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