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    Default Open-Source ATI 6.8.0 Driver Released

    Phoronix: Open-Source ATI 6.8.0 Driver Released

    It's been a long time in the making, but the xf86-video-ati driver has finally reached version 6.8.0! The major improvements in this new version include the drivers now all using libpciaccess, restructuring of the ATI wrapper, Radeon support for the R500/600 series using the AtomBIOS, initial Render acceleration support for the R300/400 series, improve BIOS/driver interaction, and many other changes. More information can be found in the Xorg release announcement...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjMzOQ

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    Did somebody try this driver with Xpress 200m?

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    Wow! So is this the driver to use over fglrx on an R520 (X1400) that is used for video? Does Xv work properly?
    Last edited by Porter; 02-19-2008 at 05:38 PM.

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    I am also interested in the state of the infamous Xpress 200m with this new driver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo0n_sniper View Post
    I am also interested in the state of the infamous Xpress 200m with this new driver?
    i'm on the live git branch of xf86-video-ati and the driver works quite well. though, there's no render working on this board; even if forced it is disabled at startup. the vt switch seems still broken and opengl still doesn't work but you have hw accel for divx5 some divx6 and xvid movies. this is quite good since neither fglrx has this yet.
    xv works well and fast, exa is still a little buggy and slow and with some artifacts, but it could get better in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by givemesugarr View Post
    the vt switch seems still broken and opengl still doesn't work
    the vt switch means ctrl+alt+f1 into text mode right ?

    I'm facing this on rs690 though right now I'm running only the radeon driver 6.8.0 from sid ... Mesa and drm are old versions but I planned to upgrade them (compile from git) and see if it helps ...
    I guess it will not help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by givemesugarr View Post
    but you have hw accel for divx5 some divx6 and xvid movies. this is quite good since neither fglrx has this yet.
    xv works well and fast, exa is still a little buggy and slow and with some artifacts, but it could get better in no time.
    Huh? What card are you using? Xv supported?

    This seems to contradict everything said so far.

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    I can get some hw accel with fglrx on an AGP X1600 pro by using

    mplayer -vo gl:yuv=4:lscale=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porter View Post
    Wow! So is this the driver to use over fglrx on an R520 (X1400) that is used for video? Does Xv work properly?
    No, the xf86-video-ati 6.8.0 driver only supports 2D accel for the R500 series. There is no 3D or X-Video support at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    No, the xf86-video-ati 6.8.0 driver only supports 2D accel for the R500 series. There is no 3D or X-Video support at this time.
    Bummer. Will it at least allow basic video playback scaled to fullscreen on an R500+ without terrible pixelation? I could care less what method it uses to draw to the screen, as long as it works.

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