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AMD Train Runs Off The Tracks, Again

Last month was an odd month where an aticonfig issue had caused two fglrx display drivers to be released in the same month (8.38.6 and 8.38.7). Though it seems the AMD release train has run off the tracks once more and we'll probably see another driver out of the AMD camp in the coming days. If you're using the distribution-specific packaging scripts or obtaining the fglrx driver from a distribution repository, it's recommended to not upgrade to fglrx v8.39.4. While not an issue that will harm you, you'll be stuck with an AMD watermark in the bottom right hand corner of the screen that reads "Testing use only".
20 July 2007 - 2 Comments

AMD Watermark: "Testing Use Only"

Today AMD had released the 8.39.4 display driver, which offers support for Fedora 7 and also corrects some bugs. However, at least one serious issue has crept into this driver. If you are running the fglrx driver right now, chances are there's a black and green watermark in the lower right hand corner of your screen that says "AMD Testing Use Only". This watermark is only supposed to display on internal/beta fglrx builds.
19 July 2007 - 1 Comment

AvivoTool Gets Updated

Over the past several days we have seen some interesting developments with the Avivo driver due to the increased performance (attributed to shadow frame-buffer support). In the past five hours we have seen six commits to the xf86-video-avivo driver. These commits all pertain to avivotool with some of the changes being to dump 128 bytes of EDID data instead of 64 bytes, verbose i2c information, and making i2c more reliable. Additional information is available from the driver gitweb page.
17 July 2007

Avivo Driver Gets Shadow FB Support

Last week we reported that version 0.1.0 of the Avivo driver would soon be released and that following day were several noteworthy commits to the driver such as new PCI IDs added and cleaning up the code. Over the weekend, Alexander Larsson has added shadow frame-buffer support. To use the Shadow frame-buffer with the Avivo driver using the latest code from git, the ShadowFB boolean option needs to be added to the device section of the xorg.conf. Jerome Glisse has also fixed the 15 and 16 bits screen color depth with the driver.
15 July 2007 - 9 Comments

Avivo R500 Driver Changes

Yesterday we told you that the Avivo 0.1 driver will be out shortly, and in the past 24 hours now we have seen a number of commits to the Avivo git. There have been eight commits in the past day that range from adding a number of new PCI IDs, removing the FB manager, cleaning up the initialization code, and properly using the Avivo scaler. In total there are now 68 ATI Radeon X100 "R500" GPUs supported. Last month we posted an article on the open-source ATI R500 driver. You can discuss this driver in the Phoronix Forums.
11 July 2007 - 11 Comments

Avivo Linux R500 Driver v0.1.0 Coming

Jerome Glisse has passed along word that version 0.1.0 of the Avivo Driver will soon be released. This open-source R500 and R600 driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 (and eventually Radeon HD 2000) hardware will have support for some shadow things and will be at least as fast as the VESA driver currently along with a few additional fixes. New PCI IDs for other Radeon R500 parts will also be added in Avivo 0.1.0. Jerome mentioned that this should be a good release for deeper and wider testing especially with RandR 1.2.
10 July 2007 - 41 Comments

Open-Source R500 Driver Released

The very first (and very rudimentary) open-source Xorg driver for the ATI Radeon X1000 "R500" series has been released! However, before downloading it, this driver only contains code to initialize and set video modes on the Radeon X1300 to X1600 graphics cards. RandR 1.2 support for the R500 driver is being worked on and may surface shortly. Their current road-map is for getting the Radeon X1600 to X1900 series initialize using this driver, add the RandR 1.2 support, add simple 2D acceleration, work on R500 3D reverse engineering, and implement TTM DRM for memory management. Today's first open-source driver release for the R500 series is available through git on FreeDesktop.org. As this driver progresses we will provide additional information and ultimately benchmarks. The release announcement can be read on the Xorg list.
12 June 2007 - 4 Comments

ATI 6.6.192 Is Out, ATI randr-1.2 Updated

David Airlie has pointed out on his blog that a lot of work has been done on the Radeon randr-1.2 branch to make it a lot more useful, as after Radeon 6.7, the randr-1.2 branch will be merged with the Radeon X.Org driver and 6.7 will be the last release to support mergedFB mode. Airlie also mentioned that a ATI 6.6.192 pre-release is now available. This is a driver for X server 1.3 and includes a lot of fixes made since the last release candidate.
21 May 2007

AMD Announces The "Phenom Family"

Known to enthusiasts as "Barcelona" for months, AMD's first quad-core processor series has received its new product name. AMD will not be using any "Athlon" tag with their quad-core parts but instead will be known as "Phenom". While the AMD Phenom processors are not yet available, they will be so shortly. The AMD Phenom announcement can be read in the AMD Press Room. Will The AMD Phenom processors be "Phenom"-enal? You'll need to wait to find out.
14 May 2007

AMD Announces The HD 2000 Lineup

AMD has now officially announced the Radeon HD 2000 "R600" generation of graphics cards (also the first to be branded AMD instead of ATI). Two press releases were issued about these new mobile and desktop GPUs, which can be read here and here. There is also a new product page for the ATI HD 2000 Graphics Family. The Phoronix technical preview (with Linux words) on the HD 2000 family can be read in our AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview. You can also share this Phoronix article here and discuss it in the Phoronix Forums.
14 May 2007

ATI Has a New Commitment

According to Chris Blizzard, taking place at this year's Red Hat Summit is word from AMD's Henri Richard who has made known their commitment on improving their fglrx Linux drivers. More information to come soon.
10 May 2007 - 1 Comment

The ATI R600 on Linux: Good or Bad?

After multiple delays and going through numerous revisions, the ATI/AMD R600 (Radeon 2000 series) GPU family is finally scheduled for released towards the middle of May (circa May 14). Earlier this week some new Microsoft Windows benchmarks for the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT surfaced which shows this high-end GPU outperforming NVIDIA's flagship 8800 series. But how well will the Radeon HD 2000 series run under Linux? We have been reporting for several months that we know for a fact ATI/AMD has been working on prompt fglrx R600 support after the troubles that had occurred with the R500 (X1000) series support. However, will the performance in the new fglrx drivers be any better for the R600 series than it was for the inaugural R500 support? Will AMD schedule its new Catalyst driver rewrite for Linux at the same as the R600 launch? Under Linux with the respective binary blobs, what will be the NVIDIA equivalent to the HD 2900 XT and HD 2900 XTX when it comes to the straight-up performance? While we will answer all of these questions after the R600 launch, you can share your thoughts on the potential ATI/AMD R600 impact on Linux in the Phoronix Forums.
25 April 2007

AMD Knows Its Problems

Phoronix Forum member Pinx had spotted a new entry in the AMD Customer Care Knowledge-base. This entry was created on April 2 and then was last modified on April 8. In this entry they finally (publicly) acknowledge no support for AIGLX, Beryl, Compiz, MythTV, and TV TIME by the fglrx Linux drivers. The entry can be read here. Remember, things can change and they still can add the support :)
10 April 2007 - 14 Comments

Linux Catalyst Control Center

The AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux is now available. This fireglcontrolpanel replacement ships with the fglrx 8.35.5 driver (released minutes ago) and has a ton of features. We have all of the details and plenty of screenshots covered at Phoronix. The new driver and AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition (AMDCCCLE) can be discussed in the Phoronix Forums. Please Digg here.
28 March 2007

ATI 6.6.191 Driver Released

The ATI 6.6.191 display driver has been released. No no, not the fglrx blob but instead a new release for the open-source ATI Radeon display driver. The ATI 6.6.191 release is a driver in the path to the ATI v6.7.0. The 6.6.191 driver contains major rewrites of the output subsystem and other changes. RandR 1.2 code will be merged with the ATI Radeon driver once X.Org 7.3 is out. The release announcement can be found at FreeDesktop.org.
27 March 2007

A Call To Action

Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers.
20 March 2007

R500 Reverse Engineering

Today I heard from Daniel Stone who is one of the people working on the R500 reverse engineering. At this point they are still in the early stages of this new driver but within a few weeks they hope the register dumps will become useful... More Information.
5 March 2007

AMD 690 Series Chipset

AMD has today launched the new 690 series Chipset. The AMD 690 Chipset incorporates a ATI Radeon X1250 GPU (including Avivo!) and much more for use with AMD processors. The AMD press release is available here. Phoronix will be covering the AMD 690 Chipset under Linux in the near future.
28 February 2007

Radeon RandR 1.2

David Airlie has announced from his blog that he has merged the ATI RandR 1.2 code into the ATI tree in the 1.2 branch. In his blog entry he had also expressed disappointment for this code as it relies upon the old Radeon system with two CRTCs to two outputs. As a result, Airlie has started his own randr-1.2-tng branch.
25 February 2007

ATI/AMD fglrx 8.34.8 Available

AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver Review. Forum Link. AMD Linux Link.
21 February 2007

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