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  • Radeon HD 5850 with Radeon OSS success

    Got a piece of Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 yesterday and had some test.

    Ubuntu Maverick x64 in default only supports KMS and no XV, no EXA, on OpenGL, no PowerSaving

    Added xorg-edgers to repository and did an update, all works!

    KMS: works
    XV: works, tear free video playback
    EXA: works
    OpenGL: works, v-synced Compiz and simple GL applications, WebGL on Chromium, some texture corruptions though
    PowerSave: works, echoing "low" to /sys/class/drm/0/power/power_profile results in card drop to 175 Core, 300 Mem, 0.95v and dead silent
    Temperature via LM-Sensors: works, getting GPU temp idling at 45C

    I am overall very happy with the result. Open source driver with almost* everything I want on an Evergreen GPU. Good work!

    Almost = OpenGL is still very minimally supported but for the timeframe I couldn't ask for more I guess.

  • #2
    At first I was not sure whether getting an Evergreen at this stage will give me any usable desktop but this page enlighten me:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver

    Only HD 6000 is not supported at this stage.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
      Added xorg-edgers to repository and did an update, all works!
      last time i test the same i checkt out you really need an kernel upgrade 2.6.36 is a minimum or better 2.6.37.

      or you get crashes with the r800green

      "Almost = OpenGL is still very minimally supported but for the timeframe I couldn't ask for more I guess. "

      try the r800green galium3D version

      there is a s3tc sourcecode to.

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      • #4
        FunkyRider:"Today is the day HD 6900 (Cayman) releases. I have cash at hand and was waiting to pop in the store and nip one, EVEN IF there is no OSS support might be for some years, just to show that I still cares about ATI. However, open it's official website and select driver for HD 6000, there not even a Linux option there. I am forced to buy the green's product again, sorry AMD. "

        FunkyRider:"Got a piece of Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 yesterday "

        sometimes i can not understand humans..

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        • #5
          It's not so hard to understand if you have dozens of cards in your hand. And let's not take it personally okay?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
            It's not so hard to understand if you have dozens of cards in your hand.
            really? finally i do not understand it.


            Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
            And let's not take it personally okay?
            don't worry... i just wondering myself about you.

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            • #7
              Oh bugger, I DO have to install the 2.6.36 kernel too! forgot mentioning that.

              The pre-built 2.6.36 Ubuntu kernel can be grabbed from here directly: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...6.36-maverick/

              HD 5000 users using Ubuntu, give it a try, you won't be disappointed

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
                Oh bugger, I DO have to install the 2.6.36 kernel too! forgot mentioning that.

                The pre-built 2.6.36 Ubuntu kernel can be grabbed from here directly: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...6.36-maverick/

                HD 5000 users using Ubuntu, give it a try, you won't be disappointed
                the 2.6.37 kernel is much faster try it your openGL will fly

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
                  Oh bugger, I DO have to install the 2.6.36 kernel too! forgot mentioning that.

                  The pre-built 2.6.36 Ubuntu kernel can be grabbed from here directly: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa...6.36-maverick/

                  HD 5000 users using Ubuntu, give it a try, you won't be disappointed
                  Until you try to fire up a game.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FunkyRider View Post
                    Almost = OpenGL is still very minimally supported but for the timeframe I couldn't ask for more I guess.
                    Exactly. OpenGL opensource stack is delivering 1/6 of card possiblities at best.

                    Right now, when you buy AMD card, you pay for windows driver development.

                    There is no way of signaling them "Hey, I use opensource, please put my money from driver percentage from card cost to opensorce team, hire more developers".

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Qaridarium View Post
                      there is a s3tc sourcecode to.
                      Sourcecode? I only know there is a binary library flying around the internets so far. Source code for libs3tc?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                        Exactly. OpenGL opensource stack is delivering 1/6 of card possiblities at best.

                        Right now, when you buy AMD card, you pay for windows driver development.

                        There is no way of signaling them "Hey, I use opensource, please put my money from driver percentage from card cost to opensorce team, hire more developers".
                        I do agree that

                        a) The OpenGL support in the free drivers is poor at best
                        b) AMD could and should spend more money on free driver development
                        c)

                        I do feel an immense desire to point out that:

                        a) RedHat contribes a whole lot to kernel development in general and driver development.
                        b) Ubuntu contribes nothing to any major project and in many cases only make precompiled packages (no source) available for their supposedly GPL addons
                        c) If Ubuntu had contributed anything near what RedHat does then we'd be alot better off
                        d) If Ubuntu had contributed as much as RedHat compared to their market share then we'd be doing great.

                        I'm just saying that if the major distros actually decided to work as much upstream as RAT (which fell 5% today for some reason) then AMD could probably dump the documentation and chill out with a cup of tea and we wouldn't need them to submit any code at all.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                          Sourcecode? I only know there is a binary library flying around the internets so far. Source code for libs3tc?
                          no there is no binary only a sourcecode you need to build it for your self.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mr James View Post
                            Until you try to fire up a game.
                            warzone2100 and nexuiz work well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by crazycheese View Post
                              Exactly. OpenGL opensource stack is delivering 1/6 of card possiblities at best.

                              Right now, when you buy AMD card, you pay for windows driver development.

                              There is no way of signaling them "Hey, I use opensource, please put my money from driver percentage from card cost to opensorce team, hire more developers".
                              Every now and then somebosy comes along and posts somethig valuable. I salute you.

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