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    I read the review of the 4850 under Linux.
    What is the performance like on BSD + Solaris ?

  • #2
    Not existant? There are no binary-drivers for BSD/Solaris, and radeon (which afaik has been ported to FreeBSD) doesn't support any acceleration yet on r600 and younger GPUs.
    And even if it would, I have no idea how this would work (afaik there are no DRI-Modules for BSD?).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Zhick View Post
      Not existant? There are no binary-drivers for BSD/Solaris, and radeon (which afaik has been ported to FreeBSD) doesn't support any acceleration yet on r600 and younger GPUs.
      And even if it would, I have no idea how this would work (afaik there are no DRI-Modules for BSD?).
      Actually, FreeBSD does support DRI. So, theoretically, once the open source drivers mature enough to support acceleration on r600 and higher GPUs, these drivers will hopefully work on FreeBSD with a little bit of porting.

      Adam

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      • #4
        I think both of the open drivers run on 48xx today with shadowfb "acceleration", which isn't bad for most 2d work. Don't know if anyone has tried 48xx on BSD or Solaris with them, but the drivers themselves work on both OSes.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bridgman View Post
          I think both of the open drivers run on 48xx today with shadowfb "acceleration", which isn't bad for most 2d work. Don't know if anyone has tried 48xx on BSD or Solaris with them, but the drivers themselves work on both OSes.
          I should have been more specific.
          I will do my gaming in Windows,
          but I want to try DesktopBSD, PCBSD
          and OpenSolaris and many Linux Distros
          on my new PC. I do not want to use integrated graphics.
          For now 2D on these will be fine.
          Would I be better off with an Nvidea video card ?
          Better drivers ?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by spkert View Post
            i read the review of the 4850 under linux.
            What is the performance like on bsd + solaris ?
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            • #7
              I have a 4850 (also have 2x2GB dual channel ram modules) and I wasn't able to do much. I was tring it out through a Virtual Box install of BSD. Xorg -configure Crashed to a black screen every time; and configured to VESA; running '# Xorg -config /root/xorg.conf.new' would infact load & startx would load twm - though using only the VESA; radeon crashed saying no detectable device. but I have no mouse :S lol. KDM on the other hand would not boot at all. whats weird about the mouse is its a Logitech wireless keyboard mouse combo with the receiver being a usb and green mouse serial connection.. which is plugged into the keyboard port as my board only has the keyboard port.. mouse and keyboard work fine in windows.. but in BSD only the keyboard would work.. any ideas about the mouse :P probably should ask in the BSD forum :P And I've tried many configurations for the mouse to try and get it working..

              but Im going to try kubuntu in Virtual Box see how that works out for me..
              Last edited by Lego; 03-26-2009, 01:59 PM.

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              • #8
                VirtualBox creates its own virtualized GPU. To the guest operating system, you are *not* using a Radeon video card.

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                • #9
                  ah, so it won't matter what OS I use in the Virtual Box?

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                  • #10
                    Correct. None of them will see your GPU has a radeon.

                    Adam

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                    • #11
                      hmm.. well that kills that Idea.. I wanted to see how different Ubuntu and BSD are... because I really just want to get my server running properly again.. and have some fun with compiz,gimp,etc.. The only problem with BSD is I want OpenPanel and its ported to Ubuntu but not BSD

                      But the other thread talking about the ubuntu driver for 4850s; would it support 2400HD better then the radeon and should i try that or will it not work on bsd? http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16059 , instead of the ati driver? because I have also noticed that twice i have upgraded my xorg to 7.4 and it refuses to upgrade my xorg-drivers to 7.4 and all the xf86-video drivers fail everytime and then compiz and kde crap out on me.. Like it will skip them on a portupgrad xorg, and if i force them xorg total stops working..
                      Last edited by Lego; 03-26-2009, 04:08 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by spkert View Post
                        I should have been more specific.
                        I will do my gaming in Windows,
                        but I want to try DesktopBSD, PCBSD
                        and OpenSolaris and many Linux Distros
                        on my new PC. I do not want to use integrated graphics.
                        For now 2D on these will be fine.
                        Would I be better off with an Nvidea video card ?
                        Better drivers ?
                        You're in luck! I just checked the nVidia driver download page and it had options for BOTH Solaris and *BSD driver downloads. I don't know how good they are, and I suspect that they don't get updated as often as the Windows/Solaris drivers do.

                        nVidia is just really good about drivers... unless you're an OSS fascist...

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