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AMD 8.38.6 Display Driver Released -- The Least To Report On Driver In Two Years

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  • #41
    Okay there were 2 (!) driver updates for Windows since 8.38 was released. They do that every month now... both driver updates are officially released "because of a Crossfire bug". But no, they just need a reason to release NonWHQL driver updates... two hotfixes for the same problem that would be addressed if they really test the drivers... why don't they do the same with Linux? I know! Because the Linux coder instead of the 50 Windows coders doesn't even know what gcc is, at least it looks so.


    • #42
      Okay, ATI just released 8.39 for Windows Vista. They say it's because of a Lost Planet bug. No, they just wanted to release a newer driver. Don't believe me? Then wait until Catalyst 7.7 is out. I bet it doesn't take long after that and they release hotfixes for WinXP and WinVista again with any false reason again.


      • #43
        d2kx whats your point?


        • #44
          The point is that AMD is doing some weird things and you'll should forget about the AMD release cycle. I'd like to tell you more about it but I don't have any proofs or information.


          • #45
            i'd rather have ati release their drivers after they change something, instead of rushing them to catch up with the deadlines.

            e.g. release new driver after some serious bugfix has been commited, or after new functionality has been introduced. instead of releasing once per month, no matter what got broken in the meantime.


            • #46

              Did custom modelines ever get put back in? I gave up and stopped paying attention a while back. I can't use any non-native widescreen resolutions with my 1920x1200 screen with fglrx. The OSS drivers used to work for this without custom modelines, but in Ubuntu 7.04 X crashes when I change resolution with the OSS driver.


              • #47
                i just noticed that when i use -vo gl or -vo gl2 (in mplayer) my system gradually slows down to a crawl when watching HD videos. no memleaks or something. just the video starts to lag, and skip. after closing mplayer my system is very unresponsive for a couple of minutes, and suddenly it gets back up. usually after i exit to text mode.

                usually a Xserver restart helps. damn, what's wrong ?

                i usually work in console mode. but if i were an X junkie things might be bad.
                Last edited by yoshi314; 30 June 2007, 05:53 AM.


                • #48
                  This version, just like the previous 4-5 months' releases, is a joke.

                  I had to laugh so hard when I read that ATI is interested in a Quake Wars linux client when not even Doom 3 works swiftly with fglrx.

                  What a f***ing joke! Who cares about "video tearing" when the driver doesn't even START on recent distributions?
                  So~ true! But even if it would start on Xorg 1.3 the video tearing problem wouldn't matter for Xv is broken/unstable too. For several releases I might add. 8.33.* was the last time I could use Xv.

                  Bugs and regressions, that's all ATI is capable of. I'm waiting for the release that blows up TV-out support so that I finally no more reason to use fglrx.


                  • #49
                    I had to laugh so hard when I read that ATI is interested in a Quake Wars linux client when not even Doom 3 works swiftly with fglrx.
                    same here. i didn't laugh but i was unconvinced. doom3 and quake4 came out on linux, and what did ati do about it?

                    i barely squeezed 10fps on x300 and ~15fps on x1300 on linux in d3 and q4 respectively. i know that those aren't fast cards, but that was really bad. i mean, my friend played those games with no problems on older ati cards. on windows, of course.

                    i simply had to use ultra-high-fps-ultra-low-detail custom configs found on some gaming forums to actually play the games with acceptable fps.

                    fortunately i don't game too much on pc. when opensource avivo driver gets some 2d acceleration (maybe also xv) and won't need fglrx to setup the registers first, i'll kiss fglrx goodbye for good.
                    Last edited by yoshi314; 01 July 2007, 03:39 PM.


                    • #50
                      The driver does work with Xorg Sever 1.3.