I'm only interested in 2D & video playback performance for my ATI card (HD2600XT on OpenSuse 10.3 on an AMD 690G board) for use in my HTPC.
The Xv support from 8.42 leaves much to be desired, to say the least... The Xv scaler is still not fixed (blocky edges/images when video window blown 2x, 3x, fullscreen) and the picture quality is not that great. Still have intermittent lockups and overlay corruption when switching mplayer to view other video files.
Come on AMD/ATI...
Use drivers <= 8.40 and use Xgl to play video in Xv mode gives good results (except for the tearing, which is a Xgl v-sync problem)
AFAIK, 8.41 & 8.42 don't have a working X-video function, the blocky edges means its using software scaler (no bi-linear filtering, just point sampling) and enable Xgl in those drivers forces Xv to use software renderer, which is slow like an ass and drags the responsiveness of the whole system down.
Does the 8.40 driver support the HD2xxx cards?
sorry I missed the "HD2600" part of the post.......