AMD 8.38.6 Display Driver
Written by Michael Larabel in Display Drivers on 25 June 2007. Page 1 of 1. Add A Comment

Hitting the web this afternoon was the AMD 8.38.6 display driver. Introduced in this driver was official Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 packaging scripts. Fixed in this driver was moving a video window between two monitors in a Big Desktop configuration no longer crashing the X.Org server and playing multiple videos when TexturedVideo is enabled no longer results in corruption.

To much dismay, the fglrx 8.38.6 display driver continues to have problems with X server 1.3 namely on Fedora 7. This driver will not work with Fedora 7 unless downgrading the X server. This driver also continues to lack support for AIGLX and Beryl/Compiz without the use of XGL. Finally, the 8.38.6 fglrx driver continues does not contain support for the ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2000 series.

The AMD 8.38.6 driver this month is rather dismal for the end user who has been craving support for AIGLX or just even to run the driver with Fedora 7 and other new distributions. However, hopefully in the coming driver releases we will have better news to report.

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