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  • #46
    @ arch64 hd4850 2.6.32.10:
    Muuuaahaha! =]
    I have just installed mplayer-vaapi-pulse (from aur) and theres no flickering at all (on fullscreen ofcourse), colours seems fine, subtitles are working (on smplayer)!
    On every video file ive tested/got - rmvb, mov, divx, xvid, h264!

    $ vainfo
    libva: libva version 0.31.0-sds5
    Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
    libva: va_getDriverName() returns 0
    libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/va/drivers/fglrx_drv_video.so
    libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
    vainfo: VA API version: 0.31
    vainfo: Driver version: Splitted-Desktop Systems XvBA backend for VA API - 0.6.9
    vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
    VAProfileMPEG2Simple : VAEntrypointIDCT
    VAProfileMPEG2Main : VAEntrypointIDCT
    VAProfileH264High : VAEntrypointVLD
    VAProfileVC1Advanced : VAEntrypointVLD

    mplayer -vo vaapi:gl -va vaapi file.avi
    or with smplayer you need to specify own video output as: vaapi:gl

    Now thats a surprise! Great!

    As timong wrote - its not working on hes 5650 mobility so it probably doesnt work with whole 5xxx line.

    Plus - when v-sync is enabled games are finally fast!

    Darn!
    Good job ATI! =P

    Ps. i have also installed: libva-sds and xvba-video (from aur)

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    • #47
      Originally posted by monraaf View Post
      Anyone tested this driver with Unigine Tropics? I can see the menu and the fps counter but the rest of the screen is just black with this driver.
      Same here with 5650 mobility and 10.3-333

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      • #48
        Originally posted by monraaf View Post
        Anyone tested this driver with Unigine Tropics? I can see the menu and the fps counter but the rest of the screen is just black with this driver.
        Its working fine on hd4850 arch64... although its slower than with previous catalyst release

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        • #49
          Originally posted by krionius View Post
          Same here with 5650 mobility and 10.3-333
          Great, I have an HD 5750. So it looks like yet another bug specific to Evergreen .

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          • #50
            Originally posted by RealNC View Post
            You make it sound like we're being ungrateful for AMD's decisions to show the rest of us the middle finger.

            Sorry AMD! We're really terribly sorry that we're not using the outdated, crap distros you're supporting officially.

            Please continue to support specific distros only instead of Linux in general. It makes all our lives easier and generates more love towards you by every Linux user.
            Well if it takes a little more work to update their main general Linux distro installer than it does to release a DEB package, that could be why. Things of course shouldn't be this way though, like if there was, oh, packaging/installation STANDARDS.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by raulromania View Post
              Yeeey ... this is the info i needed
              Big thanks!

              ... finally *sigh*
              Well at least they're going to make the Ubuntu 10.04 release date, just a pity they don't push new Xorg server support into their general Linux driver as soon as they get it.

              Maybe it's also a shame Xorg doesn't have driver interface stability? =P Would be nice...Windows doesn't have this problem...or is Xorg still "immature"? =P

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Yfrwlf View Post
                Well at least they're going to make the Ubuntu 10.04 release date, just a pity they don't push new Xorg server support into their general Linux driver as soon as they get it.
                That's what we do. We just don't push new features into the driver *after* it has already gone through final QA / bug fixing and take a chance on breaking things for the already supported versions. This support arrived after 10.3 locked down, which is why we're using an early version of 10.4 here.

                I will ask about making this driver available as a separate download from the general driver (ie a hotfix), however.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by bridgman View Post
                  That's what we do. We just don't push new features into the driver *after* it has already gone through final QA / bug fixing and take a chance on breaking things for the already supported versions. This support arrived after 10.3 locked down, which is why we're using an early version of 10.4 here.

                  I will ask about making this driver available as a separate download from the general driver (ie a hotfix), however.
                  That's what I meant, in whatever state it's in. I mean, I'm sure some Fedora users, for example, would be interested in testing this beta driver as Ubuntu users are of course. So, maybe I should have said "I wish they had a beta driver section on their site"? ^^ That would be neat, even better if there was some link to it from, or it was offered on, the same page as the latest stable version.

                  Maybe if there were concerns about users playing with buggy drivers there could simply be some warning that it was a beta driver and to expect bugs or something.

                  But regardless, as always I'm most interested in the open driver anyway.

                  Though on that note, for card tweaking, there has yet to be open source GUI support for that, but first things first.

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                  • #54
                    So compared working and non working vaapi installs and found out that the position of /usr/lib/libAMDXvBA.cap must be hardcoded and not derived from the basename of libAMDXvBA.so.1. That leads to an an easy hotfix:
                    Code:
                    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/fglrx/libAMDXvBA.cap /usr/lib
                    then vainfo works again. The driver is just too buggy for h264 to have real use for it, but packageing should be fixed of course. My script 100% works...

                    http://kanotix.com/files/fix/mplayer-vaapi-latest.txt

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Kano View Post
                      The driver is just too buggy for h264 to have real use for it
                      Yeah, it work ok for me though when the res of the h264 video is below ~720p. Otherwise the output is garbled.

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                      • #56
                        The res does not matter. When you have got pure h264 L4.1 (usally all m2ts) or L4.0 (youtube used that) videos then those can be played, but with wrong colors. This problem will not be fixed in the 10-4 drivers as you see now. As that problem was first visable with 9-10 then you know now that 6 months is nothing for an fglrx bug. For Xserver 1.7 support it took basically the same time:

                        http://lists.freedesktop.org/archive...er/001087.html

                        The driver can be patched (unofficially) to run with 2.6.33 kernel, but hey, 2.6.33 is only out since nearly 2 month, why should somebody test it?

                        If you want to play h264 L5.1 accellerated and use the latest xservers+kernels when released all you can do is buying another card.

                        Btw. the packageing is fixed now with

                        https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source...8.721-0ubuntu4

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                        • #57
                          How do you check which version of h264 it is?
                          This should be a 4.1 video: http://iknowu.net/files/Andy.Barker.Sample.mkv
                          But i do not get wrong colors! It seems to work as it should. And even with the videos that i get garbled output on the colors are correct! However i do not know how the check the version of h264 on those...

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                          • #58
                            Use mediainfo:

                            http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/Download/Debian
                            http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/Download/Ubuntu
                            Code:
                            Format/Info                      : Advanced Video Codec
                            Format profile                   : Main@L5.1
                            Format settings, CABAC           : Yes
                            Format settings, ReFrames        : 6 frames
                            It even shows all x264 encoding options on your testfile.

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                            • #59
                              there now should be an ebuild for 10.4pre in the portage-tree:

                              b.g.o: #310367

                              thanks guys !

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                              • #60
                                fglrx-driver_10-2+8.721 is now available from Debian's SVN experimental branch:

                                http://svn.debian.org/wsvn/pkg-fglrx..._fglrx-driver_

                                I'll try it on Squeeze and report back.

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