Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Radeon HD 4550 with free drivers

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    5

    Default Radeon HD 4550 with free drivers

    I'm thinking of purchasing an HD 4550 to replace my ageing Geforce 6600GT. How well do either the radeon or radeonhd drivers work regarding 3D acceleration with this card?

    Also, I am comfortable with compiling weird & wacky drivers, but I'm curious as to how much will be needed with this setup -- I'm running Fedora 12 (with RPM fusion), and appear to have pacakges called "xorg-x11-drv-ati" and "mesa-dri-drivers-experimental".

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    6,613

    Default

    If you are happy when compiz and quake live runs maybe, but do not buy it if you really want to play something more demanding.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    5

    Default

    All I would be using it for would be: running UrbanTerror (quake 3 derivative) at 1680x1050 with high detail.
    And also occasional compiz.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Posts
    821

    Default

    Compiz and UrbanTerror (as well as other quake3 based games, such as OpenArena or World of Padman) should work well.

    Also check http://wiki.x.org/wiki/RadeonProgram

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    5

    Default

    Is this with radeon drivers or radeonhd? Or should I just try both?
    Also what are they called in Fedora?

    thanks

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Posts
    821

    Default

    radeon and radeonhd are DDX drivers, not related to 3D acceleration. That comes through mesa.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    5

    Default

    Oh ok. (I'm coming from a Nvidia-card-owning background here). So which driver should I actually use?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    1,268

    Default

    pacakges called "xorg-x11-drv-ati" and "mesa-dri-drivers-experimental".
    Yeah, those.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    2,927

    Default

    I have a HD 4550 and I'm using the free drivers.

    Currently, they have OpenGL 2.0 support, partial GLSL support (implemented, but doesn't work on everything) and can run with kernel modesetting/DRI2.

    Compiz and KWin effects work great, and are stable. I play OpenArena (same ioquake3 engine) in full HD, and it works great and is stable. You will not get 125 fps with this card and free drivers at such resolutions, but it is certainly playable.

    Many other games work, others do not. Gaming under Wine is supposedly not too great at the moment, and there are many reasons.

    I recommend getting the bleeding edge stuff, as the progress is very fast. You'll need the latest Mesa, the latest linux kernel, the latest libdrm and the latest DDX drivers (I recommend "radeon").

    Check the ATI OpenSource forum for more info. I am very happy with the drivers, but I'm not a powergamer. I want basic and stable 3D, and for me, the drivers have been rock solid. I don't remember the last crash or hang.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    2,086

    Default

    A BONE STOCK install of F12, do a "yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental", and DELETE your /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and you'll be good to go.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •