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  • phoronix
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    Catalyst 9.2 Released, Still Fails To Deliver XvBA

    Phoronix: Catalyst 9.2 Released, Still Fails To Deliver XvBA

    A day after the ATI Catalyst 9.2 driver update was issued for Windows, Catalyst 9.2 for Linux is now available. However, there really isn't much at all to see with this release...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzA4MA

  • RealNC
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    I'd rather keep it as-is because there's absolutely nothing in 9.2 that makes it worth the upgrade.

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  • jonnycat26
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    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
    9.1 works just as "well" as any other previous release. 9.2 is bugged here. It's not about "slow" it's about some bug that results in sub-1FPS performance in everything.

    Also, totally out of the blue, some elements in KDE4 appear differently than with 9.1. For example, the desktop buttons on the task bar are laid out horizontally instead of vertically. I was not able to check for other weird stuff because you can't do anything on the desktop; it's like looking at a screenshot of a desktop or trying to use true-color, uncompressed VNC over a 8kbbs phone modem connection.

    There was nothing helpful in Xorg.0.log nor dmesg. Xorg.0.log also gets spammed to death with modeline messages.
    Try backing up your .kde4 directory and starting fresh. If that works, restore your .kde4 directory and start selectively deleting settings (kwin may help).

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  • bridgman
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    OK, thanks.

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  • RealNC
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    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
    OK, call it glacial then

    Are you saying that the 9.2 release is *more* glacial than 9.1 ?
    9.1 works just as "well" as any other previous release. 9.2 is bugged here. It's not about "slow" it's about some bug that results in sub-1FPS performance in everything.

    Also, totally out of the blue, some elements in KDE4 appear differently than with 9.1. For example, the desktop buttons on the task bar are laid out horizontally instead of vertically. I was not able to check for other weird stuff because you can't do anything on the desktop; it's like looking at a screenshot of a desktop or trying to use true-color, uncompressed VNC over a 8kbbs phone modem connection.

    There was nothing helpful in Xorg.0.log nor dmesg. Xorg.0.log also gets spammed to death with modeline messages.

    I'm on Gentoo AMD64*, kernel 2.6.28.5 and X.Org 1.5.3. Radeon HD4870 512MB.

    *And because of this you never know if it's a packaging bug or not. I don't think the installer works on Gentoo; we rely on the Gentoo fglrx maintainer to package it.
    Last edited by RealNC; 03-02-2009, 08:13 AM.

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  • NSLW
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    I had the opportunity to test Catalyst 9.2 on Fedora 10 i386 (GNOME) -installed from rpmfusion testing updates repo- with ATI Mobility X1600 and here is what worked (and not) after about 10 min of using it:

    - tear free movies playback (Xv-AVIVO) with metacity but not with compiz fusion (v.0.7.8-2),
    - blank screen after watching in fullscreen and then windowed mode SMPlayer (0.6.6 (SVN r2599)) when compiz fusion enabled and of course I had to make hard reset,
    - lm_sensors (v.3.0.2-1) doesn't detect on-board temp sensor
    - aticonfig says: card doesn't support powerplay (How it's possible with laptop gfx?)
    - aticonfig displayed some error when I wanted to check on-board sensor temperature (card has got such a sensor in CCC under WindowsXP)

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  • bridgman
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    OK, call it glacial then

    Are you saying that the 9.2 release is *more* glacial than 9.1 ?

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  • RealNC
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    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
    Are you saying that 9.2 is slower than 9.1 when running KDE4 with composite ? I hadn't heard anything about a regression, just that it was slow.
    Well, clicking on something and having to wait for about a minute for the result is not exactly "slow".

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  • jonnycat26
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    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
    9.2 results in non-working KDE4 + composite. "Non working" meaning that it *seems* to work, but is extremely slow. 1 minute to login to KDE, 1 minute to open a menu, etc. Everything is practically frozen except for the mouse cursor.
    For me, 9.2 broke KDE4 + composite entirely, that is, it broke it entirely on those rare occasions when I could convince X to startup properly.

    I would get hard crashes when I would restore applications from the system tray or launch applications. I think it may have been the fade in/fade out effect that it didn't like, but I didn't really get to test too much as it frustrated the hell out of me.

    For now, my ATI card is in the closet and I'm back to NVidia. If a future catalyst release fixes all of these issues, I may switch back. No offense to bridgeman, I think it's great that you're here to listen and help out. But your comments make it seem like things aren't going to get better in the immediate future, so for now, I've got to leave the Radeon behind.

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  • bridgman
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    Originally posted by RealNC View Post
    9.2 results in non-working KDE4 + composite. "Non working" meaning that it *seems* to work, but is extremely slow. 1 minute to login to KDE, 1 minute to open a menu, etc. Everything is practically frozen except for the mouse cursor.

    I wonder when all this breakage will end. I suppose it's intentional. Breaking things makes the next release have entries in the changelog which otherwise would stay empty
    Are you saying that 9.2 is slower than 9.1 when running KDE4 with composite ? I hadn't heard anything about a regression, just that it was slow.

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