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  • #31
    While it's great to see such a large bugfix list, it's sad to see that new problems have been introduced, or that they haven't been solved completely. For example, when I started reading the article, I was like 'This is it! This is the driver release that will end all problems!', and then I get bummed by 3D corruption on the Unigine Tropics engine :/ Why is having normal 3D acceleration too hard?

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    • #32
      Still Tearing?

      Is xv output (eg with mythtv) still tearing? While the changelog is impressive I won't be able to ditch my nvidia card until I can get tear-free output on mythtv.

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      • #33
        while everybody complains about small missing features :P
        I do complain about a bad regression that segfaults my Xorg on start-up.

        It already happened with Catalyst 8.7...

        Code:
        [...snip...]
        (II) fglrx(0): Direct rendering enabled
        (II) fglrx(0): Interrupt handler installed at IRQ 16.
        (II) fglrx(0): Exposed events to the /proc interface
        (II) fglrx(0): Finished Initialize PPLIB!
        (II) fglrx(1): === [atiddxPreInit] === begin
        (EE) fglrx(1): Quitting secondary screen -- no monitor specified.
        (EE) fglrx(1): PreInit failed
        (II) fglrx(1): === [atiddxPreInit] === end
        
        Backtrace:
        0: /usr/bin/X(xf86SigHandler+0x6a) [0x49263a]
        1: /lib/libc.so.6 [0x7f9e61f5dda0]
        2: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//fglrx_drv.so(atiddxFreeScreen+0x2f4) [0x7f9e5fcfa434]
        3: /usr/bin/X(xf86DeleteScreen+0x7e) [0x4a5ade]
        4: /usr/bin/X(InitOutput+0xa1f) [0x46c0bf]
        5: /usr/bin/X(main+0x2c6) [0x437256]
        6: /lib/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xe6) [0x7f9e61f491d6]
        7: /usr/bin/X(FontFileCompleteXLFD+0x289) [0x4366f9]
        
        Fatal server error:
        Caught signal 11.  Server aborting
        exactly the same backtrace!! (info about my architecture are in that thread, too)
        http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11570


        and other people experienced it too:
        http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11794
        with other chipsets...


        Catalyst 8.8 and 8.6 didn't suffer for the hang.
        There may be a workaround?

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        • #34
          Its funny that WINE fixes are supposed to be an important feature of this release, but there is no mention of WINE in the release notes.

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          • #35
            That driver is fully crap for several reasons:

            a) Using Debian etch + Xorg 7.1.1

            OpenGL accelleration only works as root! The xorg.conf entry

            Section "DRI"
            Mode 0666
            EndSection

            Seems to be fully ignored. Absolutely unusable!

            b) Absolutely no rendering improvements - even as root pointsprites are missing

            Hey mtippet didn't you tell me at the end of JUNE that after 2 month all would work - like gl2benchmark and your example with flightgear?

            c) Not even the most trivial fixes for 2.6.27 support - load the kernel module only smp_call_function must be fixed - for 2.6.27 and newer the 3rd option has to be removed, wow thats really hard that you can not make it.

            Maybe AMD/ATI wants to wins the worst driver of the year award with that piece of shit. I guess the Linux devs there play at home with Nvidia cards in their pcs.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Kano View Post
              That driver is fully crap for several reasons:

              a) Using Debian etch + Xorg 7.1.1

              OpenGL accelleration only works as root! The xorg.conf entry

              Section "DRI"
              Mode 0666
              EndSection

              Seems to be fully ignored. Absolutely unusable!

              b) Absolutely no rendering improvements - even as root pointsprites are missing

              Hey mtippet didn't you tell me at the end of JUNE that after 2 month all would work - like gl2benchmark and your example with flightgear?

              c) Not even the most trivial fixes for 2.6.27 support - load the kernel module only smp_call_function must be fixed - for 2.6.27 and newer the 3rd option has to be removed, wow thats really hard that you can not make it.

              Maybe AMD/ATI wants to wins the worst driver of the year award with that piece of shit. I guess the Linux devs there play at home with Nvidia cards in their pcs.
              well thats one hell of a great post...
              why don't you try to rant a little bit less and at least tell us what gpu you are using...

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              • #37
                Having tested it a bit further now (esp. regarding Wine), I noticed that (apart from the usual screen corruption) virtual desktop switching works again and Wine doesn't segfault anymore when started twice on the same terminal.

                By the way, @Michael: the official spelling is Wine, not WINE.

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                • #38
                  I couldn't get this driver to work: a few seconds after X started, it would (soft) crash. It's the first time a driver didn't work here and no amount of tinkering could get it in shape, so I'm back to 8.8 for now.

                  RV580 (X1950 Pro) on Ubuntu 8.04 x86_64 with 6GB of memory.

                  At least 8.8 works quite well, so it's not a problem. Looking forward to Ubuntu 8.10 with the open-source drivers now - already tested and they work flawlessly here!

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                  • #39
                    Works fine, here (Ubuntu 8.04) with my HD 3870.

                    But, I'm not doing anything interesting.

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                    • #40
                      Well now "OffscreenRenderingMode fbo" works in wine again, so no stuff thats not supposed to on the screen appears in the bottom left, but I cant minimize or switch desktop anymore . I can interact with the desktop ( e.g. open something in the taskbar ) , but i cant see anything . It flickers for a second where i see the desktop , then wine's all over the place again .

                      ( debian lenny , mobility x700 )
                      Last edited by flami; 18 September 2008, 11:36 AM.

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