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  • phoronix
    started a topic AMD Catalyst 8.8 Linux Driver

    AMD Catalyst 8.8 Linux Driver

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 8.8 Linux Driver

    AMD had delivered same-day Linux support when launching the Radeon HD 4800 series this summer. This was a first for AMD when launching a major product revision that there was same-day support considering for the R500 and R600 (and earlier) generations it had taken months for any level of support on Linux. This was great to see and the Radeon HD 4850/4870 performance was terrific thanks to their new OpenGL driver introduced last September. Today AMD has announced another Catalyst driver release for Linux and this is arguably the most significant driver update since last October's release when AIGLX support was added. Catalyst 8.8 delivers CrossFire support on Linux, OverDrive overclocking support, adaptive anti-aliasing support, and other improvements.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=12767

  • grantek
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    Originally posted by tmpdir View Post
    Just came across an rather interesting page containing something that looks like ATI's Catalyst driver roadmap en desktop software roadmap.

    http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/ATI_...dmap/6045.html
    I'm assuming the column titles on the release dates table are meant for internal use - I haven't heard anything about 8.53, but it's supposed to be "generally available" as of September 3. It also lists 8.52 as being in "general availability" at the end of July, but Catalyst 8.8 was released about 3 weeks later.

    ...I'd be happy to try prerelease fglrx drivers *hint hint*

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  • energyman
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    do you have tried the nopat kernel option?

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  • pedepy
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    well .. i have many issues..

    i run xorg 1.4.2 on kernel 2.6.26 and every minute or so my system completly hangs for about a second, rendering most tasks next to impossible.

    i found that the process to blame is X; the problems dont happen unless i run 8.8. I *would* run another catalyst, but 8.8 seems to be the only one to compile right under 2.6.26.

    Other than that, 8.8 also breaks WINE here, full screen games just give me a giberish screen when they load. Again, other drivers, fine.

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  • abickerton
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    Catalyst 8.8

    Personally I'm very happy with ths release. Everything works as I need it to.

    I don't use WINE so can't comment on what people are reporting there.

    IRT, the ubuntu crash on logout issue. I trace this to the power management applet in gnome so no more dirty logouts for me :-).

    TORCS has acceptable performance and I don't see any major issues aside from some itermittent corruption of the CPU scaling applet. All in all a reasonable effort.

    Hardware specs.
    Panasonic 190B (DVI) Benq FP783(D-SUB) 2560x1024
    ATI Radeon 9600 PRO (AGP)
    2.4 GB RAM
    Athlon 64 3000+

    This setup works well for my needs so would like to keep it going for a while yet. FGLRX is the ONLY driver I've been able to get working so I have to ask that my hardware remains supported bythe drivers. AMD developers, I'm looking at you!

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  • tmpdir
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    OEM is just fine for me

    Oem is just fine for me... was it ever different on linux? AMD is going in the right direction for me

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  • Forge
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    Originally posted by NeoBrain View Post
    (Assuming you are referring to the "protected content" thing,) the roadmap says "OEM only", which makes me feel kinda uncomfortable...
    Well, at least it'll work on _some_ Linux distros then, that's at least a step
    Cyberlink made a PowerDVD for Linux, and it was nice to have that hacked up and working on my install while I waited for the OSS players to get to where they needed to be.

    OEM-Only is another way of saying 'hack on me'. My read is that they don't mind you taking it or playing with it, they just don't want you tying up the tech support 800 number.

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  • NeoBrain
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    Originally posted by tmpdir View Post
    Just came across an rather interesting page containing something that looks like ATI's Catalyst driver roadmap en desktop software roadmap.

    http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/ATI_...dmap/6045.html

    If this is to be the case i'll be extremely happy with my current choice of hardware for my MythBuntu (MythTV) system...
    (Assuming you are referring to the "protected content" thing,) the roadmap says "OEM only", which makes me feel kinda uncomfortable...
    Well, at least it'll work on _some_ Linux distros then, that's at least a step

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  • tmpdir
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    ATI's Catalyst driver roadmap en desktop software roadmap

    Just came across an rather interesting page containing something that looks like ATI's Catalyst driver roadmap en desktop software roadmap.

    http://www.vr-zone.com/articles/ATI_...dmap/6045.html

    If this is to be the case i'll be extremely happy with my current choice of hardware for my MythBuntu (MythTV) system...

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  • Fran
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    Originally posted by Vighy View Post
    gl output has always high cpu usage... you should use xv instead...
    Actually I get similar results with xv and gl in my 3850. And (in my case) both suffer from micro stutters when watching some HD videos. On the other hand x11 is always smooth, and the cpu usage is not that high. For example (watching a fragment of the HD 1080p Watchmen trailer .mov):



    Also it's funny that only with x11 all the cores work. Anyway, even by adding all the cores the result is not much higher than with xv or gl.

    So I'll stick with x11

    (edit) Similar results with a HD 720p Ratatouille fragment:

    Last edited by Fran; 09-13-2008, 10:38 AM.

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