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  • AMD Intentionally Crippled Their HDMI Adapters

    Phoronix: AMD Intentionally Crippled Their HDMI Adapters

    For some AMD Radeon graphics cards when using the Catalyst driver, the HDMI audio support isn't enabled unless using the simple DVI to HDMI adapter included with the graphics card itself... If you use another DVI-to-HDMI adapter, it won't work with Catalyst. AMD intentionally implemented checks within their closed-source driver to prevent other adapters from being used, even though they will work just fine...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ4MDE

  • #2
    Closed source drivers sucks!

    And reasons for use open source don't stop...

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    • #3
      Illegal

      This ought to be illegal.
      This is anti-competitive behavior.
      I think AMD should be fined for this.

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      • #4
        Maybe some sort of hdcp requirement?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tuke81 View Post
          Maybe some sort of hdcp requirement?
          I was thinking about that too.
          At least this would prevent the use of adapters which circumvent/drop HDCP encryption.
          Not that it is nice thing to do...

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          • #6
            me only trust open source.

            amd needs to ditch the apple way already.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rudregues View Post
              And reasons for use open source don't stop...
              It's great to hear that You can't trust a binary-only driver. I'm also interested what else it's hiding.

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              • #8
                Oh AMD, you are so NASTY!

                I "used" to be an AMD fan because of their openness to OSS. Si i've had some AMD stuff recently to back that up. However, after the EXTREMELY horrible experience in attaching 2 monitors and 1 beamer to a 6870 card and days of frustration later i decided to completely ditch AMD for their crapiness drivers (yes, even on windows the mentioned setup was full with bugs!).

                I won't discard AMD "forever", but for now and likely the coming years i'm completely done with their crap. That might change once the OSS support for the modern cards is fully up to par with catalyst (minus the intentional drm crap like this post)

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                • #9
                  nasty!
                  This is clearly anti-consumer, anti-competitive and should be outlawed.
                  The shithead that came up with this / was responsible for putting it in, for the decision to put it in should be in prison.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by tuke81 View Post
                    Maybe some sort of hdcp requirement?
                    That is also the only sensible thing I can think of for imposing the restrictions.

                    (Not that I am too bothered by it; my monitor only supports DVI and VGA out, so no biggie for now)

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                    • #11
                      While being a bad practice it isn't news corporations screw people, e.g. right now Apple, Intel, Nvidia and others are doing something bad - we just don't know (?) about it, and this move is a small annoyance compared to much dirtier practicies, not only in software (monsanto, wall street), get used to it or fight for alternatives.

                      Thank god the open source ATI driver is about to become a viable alternative to the proprietary one.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                        This ought to be illegal. This is anti-competitive behavior. I think AMD should be fined for this.
                        It won't hold up in court. They'll make up some **** about hdcp, the lawyers and judges will get paid, and the people hurt by this deception won't see a penny. Business as usual...

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                        • #13
                          ...wait, you guys didn't know about this? This is really, really old news we're talking about here...

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                          • #14
                            Hmm I'm waiting for a technical or leagal explanation of this, otherwise...
                            If the DVI-to-HDMI adapters market is so fundamental for AMD to implement such dirty tricks, well AMD employees: leave the sinking ship!

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't agree with it, but I would understand it, if they were trying to sell you an expensive add-on. But if the adapter was included in the box, what's the point? It's just an annoyance. I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't have a clue where the contents of my graphics card box are.

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