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    Phoronix: xf86-video-ati 6.14.4 Has New Features

    AMD has released the xf86-video-ati 6.14.4 X.Org driver, which brings a few new features to their DDX component...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTA3ODc

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    For clarity on the audio side, we looked at rewriting Alex's code in a way that we could release it, but given the progress that Rafel had made it seemed like we would largely be duplicating his work so getting the correct register info out there then helping to integrate it seemed like the best approach.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Phoronix
      The R100/R200 hardware finally handles KMS tiling, although the old hardware support should just die.
      Well, there's an inflammatory comment, especially considering the popularity of these chip sets on still commonly used if albeit older laptops.

      Still, maybe that is because I still love my old R200 cards myself.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
        Well, there's an inflammatory comment, especially considering the popularity of these chip sets on still commonly used if albeit older laptops.

        Still, maybe that is because I still love my old R200 cards myself.
        Well, unfortunately, you are going to find that those cards are going to get rapidly less useful. The R200 only support accelerating fixed function OpenGL 1.x. You can run OpenGL 2.x stuff on them, in theory, but it's going to use software to do it mostly.

        The minimal is soon to be OpenGL ES, which is effectively a reduced OpenGL 2.x

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        • #5
          Thanks for the work on R200, it's very appreciated! Some time ago I started a thread called "Please, some R200 love!", and this is what I was hoping for. Will do some testing as soon as I go on holiday (where I have my R200 box).

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          • #6
            Could someone specify what does KMS tiling mean in this case?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bridgman View Post
              For clarity on the audio side, we looked at rewriting Alex's code in a way that we could release it, but given the progress that Rafel had made it seemed like we would largely be duplicating his work so getting the correct register info out there then helping to integrate it seemed like the best approach.
              Wow, it is pretty amazing that a big company is "backing off" a feature because an individual is already working on it.
              I am pretty amazed at where we are.
              (Just in case, I do not mean that in any bad way)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
                Well, there's an inflammatory comment, especially considering the popularity of these chip sets on still commonly used if albeit older laptops.

                Still, maybe that is because I still love my old R200 cards myself.
                Ditto...my trusty old IBM Thinkpad T42 has the R100 chip and I still want to use it :-)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by curaga View Post
                  Could someone specify what does KMS tiling mean in this case?
                  I'm not sure if it is 1D or 2D tiling, but the old user mode drivers could do it and that functionality was lost during the port to KMS. So this should bring the drivers performance back up near the old UMS level.

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                  • #10
                    it broke my archlinux...X just freezes at startup now...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by chris200x9 View Post
                      it broke my archlinux...X just freezes at startup now...
                      I'm getting major screen corruption on gentoo, on a HD5770.
                      libdrm 2.4.33, linux 3.2.12, mesa 8.0.1 - should be recent enough, or do I need unreleased versions of anything?

                      Well, back to 6.14.3 for now. No 2D-tiling, but at least I can enjoy monitor outputs.

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