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  • #61
    8.01 first impressions

    8.01 first impressions: (Thinkpad T60, X1400, Kubuntu Gutsy)

    - installation was straightforward: --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy
    dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.452.1-1_i386.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.452.1-1_i386.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.452.1-1_i386.deb
    restart X

    (I had all the other stuff like compiler tools and restricted modules settings already in place from previous installs)

    - everything that worked in 7.12 still works, including suspend/resume
    - the screen corruption when dragging icons around on the desktop is gone
    - the resolution issues are fixed
    - I didn't run benchmarks but my main 3D app googleearth runs about the same as before, certainly not worse
    - video playing is essentially the same as before: kind of ok with GL, some flickering with xv. With compositing enabled, video playing is not usable with either GL or xv: too much flicker
    - two out of the three issues that remained for me in 7.12 have been resolved: good going ATI!

    Overall, for me this is the best fglrx I've used to date. Now make video and compositing work together and I'll be hard pressed to find something else to ask for.

    Ah and before I forget, here's my ceterum censeo: ATI please write up a document on what options this driver takes in xorg.conf and what they mean. I know there are some documents out there on the web people put together but it would be really nice to have a complete listing of options from the authoritative source.
    Last edited by chrisg; 18 January 2008, 05:24 PM. Reason: typo, some formatting problems


    • #62
      remove, reboot, reinstall

      Originally posted by Isaac702 View Post
      Well I'm dead in the water. I have updated to 8.1 but it crashes when ever I try to configure Xorg through Yast (My old settings don't work either Xorg crashes)
      Try the three R!

      I had a similar problem, and it went away after uninstalling the 8.45 rpm, installing the 8.40 rpm, uninstalling that and installing 8.45 again, with reboots inserted in this procedure generously. Feels like windows...

      Having another terminal to ssh into the machine under surgery helps to get around all those black screens on the way. If that's not possible, be sure to boot into runlevel 3 by entering a 3 into the boot options at the prompt.

      But in the end it worked for me, and I have a widescreen with 1680x1050 and fast 3D running.

      Cheers, shamooki

      Lenovo T60
      Mobility Radeon X1300
      OpenSUSE 10.3 x84_64


      • #63
        Originally posted by jackkerouac View Post
        Well, after installing this driver, I cannot even get into the GDM login screen. I just get a blank, black screen with nothing else. ALT-CTRL-F1 or F2 doesn't work. I have to hard-reset.

        ATI X1650 Pro, Gutsy 7.10

        Here is my Xorg.0.log:

        Any ideas on why this is happening? 8.40.4 works just fine. It's what I am using now in place of any of the new drivers. Any driver after 8.40.4 gives me the same problems.

        Any help would be really appreciated.
        From what I see it tries to load an old fglrx(8.37.6). Have you blacklisted the ubuntu's fglrx? info

        Originally posted by chrisg --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy
        dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.452.1-1_i386.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.452.1-1_i386.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.452.1-1_i386.deb
        restart X
        I think you mean --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy
        EDIT: You fixed it already!!!


        • #64
          any x200 experiences???


          • #65
            Any chances to have an hotfix for not working cards? It's the 3rd unusable version in a row for me (memory leak, resolution issue and now not even 3d acceleration)?


            • #66
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              For the Fedora packaging bug, I'll push updated scripts to Phorogit for it tonight once I get back to my hotel.
              Thanks Michael, I would appreciate that. Do you know why this does not work:

              1) unpack driver into tempdir
              2) cd tempdir (and fix missing file in the spec file template)
              3) ./ --buildpkg Fedora/F8

              Step 3 always comes back with this error: Unrecognized parameter '' to

              Am I doing something wrong or is it a bug? Thanks.


              • #67
                You forget to use the "real" version as first option to That's NOT 8-01 but 8.452.1. Example from my script:

                bash $VER --buildpkg $DISTRIB_ID/$DISTRIB_CODENAME


                • #68
                  Summary for my Inspiron 6400, Radeon Mobility X1400, Ubuntu/gutsy:
                  - 1440x900 supported once more.
                  - suspend not working again (7.12 was fine).
                  - unable to end an X session; system crashes.
                  - VLC will not play videos with the OpenGL output plug-in.
                  - most things noticeably slower.

                  Too bad, really.


                  • #69
                    As there are very big compatibity issues especially with lastest Intel G33/P35 chipset (board used: Gigabyte GA-G33-DS3R) I would highly advice ATI to use this for testing, especially RV410 and those cases:

                    a) switch from ati oss to fglrx
                    b) switch from fglrx to another version
                    c) ctrl+alt+backspace - will often result in a state that kdm is still running and new x is therefore not started
                    d) oss driver with latest xorg + compiz fusion: enable water + enable snow effect + rotate cube
                    e) add a modeline

                    Many of those cases force crash the xserver or even the hole system (no ssh login possible anymore).


                    • #70
                      I haven't seen anything mentioned regarding the issue with aiglx under xserver 1.4.

                      Can anyone enlighten me on wether this is fixed? If not, I'll put upgrading on hold for a while.