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Thread: AMD 8.42.3 Driver Released -- The Baby Is Born!

  1. #351
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    Oct 2007


    Just been experimenting with this driver on a V5250 (pci id hacked).

    Not good
    - 2nd screen will only run at 1024 x 768 instead of 1600x1200
    - blank screen after suspend

    8.35 appears to work better.

    Big disappointment. Best not get my hopes up too much for 8.43

    If anyone does get a good mobile config up and running (even without Xgl/AIGLX) I'd be interested, but I've now gone back to 8.35. Not perfect but best so far... (on laptop)

  2. #352
    Join Date
    Sep 2007

    Cool No suspend on kUbuntu 7.10 with new driver :(

    Overall a very good release,
    OpenGL apps are way more faster.

    Compiz working BUT no video when Compiz is enabled.
    Compiz doesn't feel very fast, although the fps benchmark shows different.

    Also with kernel 2.6.22 suspend and Hibernating doesn't work, I had to revert to kernel 2.6.20 (SUSPEND working !!!).
    It has something to do with SLUB and/or SLAB ??? don't have a clue.

    SO now I'm using kUbuntu 7.10 with 2.6.20 kernel and 8.42.3 fglrx driver.

    Off topic: with kubuntu 7.10 for the first time my broadcom wifi chipset works without ndiswrapper, but it also has some problems with suspend, so I guess I will revert this back to ndiswrapper too

    SYSTEM: Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo 3667G, Mobile X700, AMD Turion

  3. #353
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    Oct 2007


    Well, I installed 8.42.3. I don't really care about the desktop effects as much as I care about having smooth video playback, which I was hoping that this driver would improve, removing tearing, etc. Before installing this driver, OpenGL was providing smooth video playback. Now OpenGL video playback is worse than using X11 Video, which is still worse than OpenGL. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get the OpenGL playback to what it was before? glxgears does report a 5-fold increase in performance from 8.37 at the very least, which is what I was using before.

    display: :0.0 screen: 0
    OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
    OpenGL renderer string: Radeon X1600 Series
    OpenGL version string: 2.0.6958 Release

    name of display: :0.0
    display: :0 screen: 0
    direct rendering: Yes
    server glx vendor string: SGI
    server glx version string: 1.2
    server glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap,
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_OML_swap_method,
    GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group
    client glx vendor string: SGI
    client glx version string: 1.4
    client glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context,
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_MESA_allocate_memory,
    GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer, GLX_MESA_swap_control,
    GLX_MESA_swap_frame_usage, GLX_OML_swap_method, GLX_OML_sync_control,
    GLX_SGI_make_current_read, GLX_SGI_swap_control, GLX_SGI_video_sync,
    GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_pbuffer,
    GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap
    GLX version: 1.2
    GLX extensions:
    GLX_ARB_get_proc_address, GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_import_context,
    GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating, GLX_OML_swap_method,
    GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_SGIX_visual_select_group
    OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
    OpenGL renderer string: Radeon X1600 Series
    OpenGL version string: 2.0.6958 Release
    OpenGL extensions:
    GL_ARB_depth_texture, GL_ARB_draw_buffers, GL_ARB_fragment_program,
    GL_ARB_fragment_shader, GL_ARB_multisample, GL_ARB_multitexture,
    GL_ARB_occlusion_query, GL_ARB_point_parameters, GL_ARB_point_sprite,
    GL_ARB_shader_objects, GL_ARB_shading_language_100, GL_ARB_shadow,
    GL_ARB_shadow_ambient, GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp,
    GL_ARB_texture_compression, GL_ARB_texture_cube_map,
    GL_ARB_texture_env_add, GL_ARB_texture_env_combine,
    GL_ARB_texture_env_crossbar, GL_ARB_texture_env_dot3,
    GL_ARB_texture_float, GL_ARB_texture_mirrored_repeat,
    GL_ARB_texture_rectangle, GL_ARB_transpose_matrix,
    GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object, GL_ARB_vertex_program, GL_ARB_vertex_shader,
    GL_ARB_window_pos, GL_ATI_draw_buffers, GL_ATI_envmap_bumpmap,
    GL_ATI_fragment_shader, GL_ATI_meminfo, GL_ATI_separate_stencil,
    GL_ATI_texture_compression_3dc, GL_ATI_texture_env_combine3,
    GL_ATI_texture_float, GL_EXT_bgra, GL_EXT_blend_color,
    GL_EXT_blend_func_separate, GL_EXT_blend_minmax, GL_EXT_blend_subtract,
    GL_EXT_compiled_vertex_array, GL_EXT_copy_texture,
    GL_EXT_draw_range_elements, GL_EXT_fog_coord, GL_EXT_framebuffer_object,
    GL_EXT_framebuffer_object, GL_EXT_gpu_program_parameters,
    GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays, GL_EXT_packed_depth_stencil,
    GL_EXT_packed_pixels, GL_EXT_point_parameters, GL_EXT_rescale_normal,
    GL_EXT_secondary_color, GL_EXT_separate_specular_color,
    GL_EXT_shadow_funcs, GL_EXT_stencil_wrap, GL_EXT_subtexture,
    GL_EXT_texgen_reflection, GL_EXT_texture3D,
    GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc, GL_EXT_texture_cube_map,
    GL_EXT_texture_edge_clamp, GL_EXT_texture_env_add,
    GL_EXT_texture_env_combine, GL_EXT_texture_env_dot3,
    GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic, GL_EXT_texture_lod_bias,
    GL_EXT_texture_mirror_clamp, GL_EXT_texture_object,
    GL_EXT_texture_rectangle, GL_EXT_texture_sRGB, GL_EXT_vertex_array,
    GL_KTX_buffer_region, GL_NV_blend_square, GL_NV_texgen_reflection,
    GL_SGIS_generate_mipmap, GL_SGIS_texture_edge_clamp, GL_SGIS_texture_lod,
    GL_WIN_swap_hint, WGL_EXT_swap_control
    Then the table after this.

    Here are the relevent parts of xorg.conf

    Section "Module"
    Load "fglx"
    Load "glx"

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666

    Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Disable"
    Section "ServerFlags"
    #Option "AIGLX" "on"
    #Option "AIGLX" "off"
    Option "TexturedVideo" "True"

  4. #354
    Join Date
    Jul 2007


    On my 1900XT in dual screen, when i try to switch the cube, i return on logon screen.

  5. #355
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    I reached step 6 on this page after I tried
    sudo m-a build,install fglrx-kernel
    I recieved the following error
    using gusty and 8.42 along with the fglrx-8.42-ubuntu+debian-2.tar.bz2 patch on my 9600xt
    rm -f configure-stamp
    rm -f fglrx.ko fglrx.mod.c *.o libfglrx_ip.a
    rm -f .version .*.o.flags .*.o.d .*.o.cmd .*.ko.cmd
    rm -rf .tmp_versions
    rm -rf patch
    rm /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/control
    rm /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/dirs
    if [ -f /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/control.template ]; then \
    cat /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/control.template > /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/control; \
    if [ -f /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/postinst ]; then \
    mv /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/postinst /usr/src/modules/fglrx/debian/fglrx-kernel-2.6.22-14-rt.postinst; \
    touch configure-stamp
    /usr/bin/make -C /usr/src/linux SUBDIRS=/usr/src/modules/fglrx modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.22-14-rt'
    CC [M] /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.o
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:365: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:366: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c: In function ‘fglrx_pci_suspend’:
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:799: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘firegl_pci_save_state’ from incompatible pointer type
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c: In function ‘fglrx_pci_resume’:
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:841: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘firegl_pci_restore_state’ from incompatible pointer type
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c: In function ‘__ke_pci_find_device’:
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:2019: warning: ‘pci_find_device’ is deprecated (declared at include/linux/pci.h:477)
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c: In function ‘__ke_request_irq’:
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:2962: warning: ‘deprecated_irq_flag’ is deprecated (declared at include/linux/interrupt.h:68)
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:2962: warning: passing argument 2 of ‘request_irq’ from incompatible pointer type
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c: At top level:
    /usr/src/modules/fglrx/firegl_public.c:5439: warning: ‘kmem_cache_t’ is deprecated
    LD [M] /usr/src/modules/fglrx/fglrx.o
    Building modules, stage 2.
    MODPOST 1 modules
    WARNING: could not find /usr/src/modules/fglrx/.libfglrx_ip.a.GCC4.cmd for /usr/src/modules/fglrx/libfglrx_ip.a.GCC4
    FATAL: modpost: GPL-incompatible module fglrx.ko uses GPL-only symbol '__rcu_read_lock'
    make[2]: *** [__modpost] Error 1
    make[1]: *** [modules] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.22-14-rt'
    make: *** [build] Error 2</CODE>
    Last edited by mrplow; 10-24-2007 at 08:21 PM.

  6. #356
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by JCTWeb
    Any ideas why I keep losing this symlink?


    Everytime I reboot, it's gone and I have to re-create the link. It's driving me insane.
    Quote Originally Posted by Septor View Post
    Hint: volatile

    That stuff is generated by the linux-kernel-restricted package... remove that package if you aren't using any restricted drivers. The symlink in the wiki is totally unnecessary if you run "depmod -ae" and add fglrx to /etc/defaults/linux-kernel-restricted-modules (as per the wiki).
    Just to be clear...
    "depmod -ae"
    Will prevent me from having to create the symlink at all? I guess the wiki just makes it overkill ?

  7. #357
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    Quote Originally Posted by spotman View Post
    This is strange, I have the exact opposite behavior. I find that with desktop effects on, scrolling is terrible, while if desktop effects are off, scrolling is very snappy.

    I wonder what the differences in your configuration are.
    In my xorg.conf i only have the entry Driver 'fglrx' in the device section. Composite and AIGLX options sections i had removed completely. It's activated by default i think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phlogiston View Post
    No I'm not sure. Which effects do you exactly mean? The effects plugin of compiz-fusion or what?
    desktop effects i mean the options in "visual effects" settings. (none, normal, extra and custom)

    As I said, compiz fusion running fine under gutsy with the new aiglx feature without xgl. The worst thing is that video and games flicker too much.

  8. #358
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    Got the new driver installed on my gutsy 64bit yesterday and all the fancy effects working and so on. But all the effects lag a lot (besides the cube), and also when watching Mplayer video and sound is not in sync. Also Firefox lags a lot. Anything i can do? or is it just to wait for new updates and drivers.

    PS. specs are amd64 4200+, ATI X1800XT, 1 GB DDR2 (so there should be enough juice)

  9. #359
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    I have a HP nx6325 laptop with AMD Turion x2 1.6 GHZ ,1GB of RAM ,and a ATI Radeon Mobility Xpress 1150 video card .I would like to know if compiz fusion will work with the new 8.42 driver,and if it will run good on my system

  10. #360
    Join Date
    Oct 2007


    I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 64-bit with a Sapphire X1650XT card, 256 MB RAM on card. OpenGL screensavers with 8.42.3 have artifacts along the bottom half of the screen. Wolfenstein Enemy Territory (not Quake Wars) still runs but like 8.41, the brightness control does not change the brightness at all. Still tearing with AVI or most other videos. The only improvements I've noticed is that AIGLX works, and HD videos play much better, neither of which have any compelling use to me.

    I'm going back to 8.40.4, it simply works better for my needs.
    Last edited by redboar; 10-24-2007 at 07:45 PM.

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