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    Default AMD Catalyst 8.3 Linux Driver

    Phoronix: AMD Catalyst 8.03 Linux Driver

    Last month with the Catalyst 8.02 Linux driver we mentioned just how low on the end-user changes the fglrx driver has been in recent months, and today the Catalyst 8.03 Linux driver has been released with the release train slowly chugging along. The only new feature in this month's proprietary Linux driver is X-Video support for the Xpress 1200 hardware, but there are a few bug fixes that may satisfy some Linux users.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=11954

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    [...] and fixed the first OpenGL application on X Server 1.4 from hanging.
    This was fixed in the Catalyst 8.2 release already.

    And guys, better not look at the Windows Catalyst 8.3 release notes, you would start crying otherwise...

    I can confirm that TexturedVideo works much better now...

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    I'm still getting a file not found when trying to download the file. Mm...when I can actually download it, then we'll see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uchikoma View Post
    I'm still getting a file not found when trying to download the file. Mm...when I can actually download it, then we'll see...
    Same here. All i get is a 15kb file.

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    Looks like whoever at ATI in charge of naming the installer is a bit schizophrenic when it comes to sticking a consistent naming scheme. After some fiddling around with the link I eventually worked out that they typo'ed 8.3 as 8-3 in the URL.

    https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...x86.x86_64.run
    Last edited by Netsnipe; 03-05-2008 at 04:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Netsnipe View Post
    Looks like whoever at ATI in charge of naming the installer is a bit schizophrenic when it comes sticking a consistent naming scheme. After some fiddling around with the link I eventually worked out that they typo'ed 8.3 as 8-3 in the URL.

    https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...x86.x86_64.run
    thank you,



    I am really excited for the Xv fixes. Donwloading...

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    Uchi's 8.03 driver rundown
    Quick summary: It works for pretty much everything. Including hibernate and suspend.

    Broken down into

    - Machine configuration
    - Installation
    - Fglrxinfo/glxinfo/xvinfo
    - glxgears/powerplay
    - Compiz
    - Compiz & Video (Xv)
    - Video (Xv)
    - Suspend/Hibernate
    - Remarks

    Machine details

    Machine: Dell Inspiron 6400
    Card: ATI Mobility x1400 256MB Hypermemory (PCI-Ex)
    RAM: 1 GB
    Distro: OpenSUSE
    State: Clean-install, no previous ATI driver
    Xorg: 7.3

    Install

    So, we start off this test by attempting to install via the installer. The installer is now text-based! This makes it possible to run it in console. Starting off:

    Code:
    sudo chmod a+x ati-driver-installer-8.3-x86.x86_64.run
    sudo ./ati-driver-installer-8.3-x86.x86_64.run
    The first command to make it runnable, the second to run it. The installer successfully detected the distro, Xorg version range, and that I was in a 32bit x86 environment. Mm. Nothing out of the ordinary so far. It then presents the choice of generating a distro-specific package or doing the 'easy way'. I chose the easy way. Watch it do its thing and success! (Ensure that you have the kernel source and all the tools needed else you'll get an error message and a log saying that it failed to generate the kernel module).

    Next up, ran the following commands (since I just recently installed OpenSuse...today actually, great timing huh?):

    Code:
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
    Restarted X and my resolution is now nice and proper. Let's verify that life is good.

    Fglrxinfo/glxinfo/xvinfo

    Code:
    tachikoma@n198-239:~> fglrxinfo
    display: :0.0  screen: 0
    OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technolgies Inc.
    OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400
    OpenGL version string: 2.1.7412 Release
    Code:
    tachikoma@n198-239:~> glxinfo
    name of display: :0.0
    display: :0  screen: 0
    direct rendering: yes
    server glx vendor string: SGI
    server glx version string: 1.2
    [server extensions listed below]
    client glx vendor string: SGI
    client glx version string: 1.4
    [client glx extensions listed below]
    Xvinfo reports two image formats YV12 (0x32315659), type: YUV (planar) and I420 (0x30323449), type: YUV (planar). Powerstates gives me the usual three states:

    Powerstates, glxgears average (non-compiz)

    Code:
    tachikoma@n198-239:~> aticonfig --list-powerstates
         core/mem       [flags]
    -----------------
      1: 209/135 MHz      [low voltage]
      2: 392/252 MHz     
    * 3: 432/396 MHz      [default state]
    Glxgears gives me an average of about 2600ish FPS.

    Next up. Compiz.

    Installed compiz and added the necessary flags to xorg.conf and then gave it a whirl. Ran it manually in console using "compiz-manager&". Emerald window manager, and it works just fine.

    Scrolling is decent, glxgears gives me an average of about 2423-2600 FPS. So, not bad at all. Dragged the glxgears window around and it was fine. All the effects work decently well (rotate workspace, fading windows, wobbly drag, alt+tab). Resizing a window tends to be slow and jerky. Mm...further tries and I get a blank window issue. Not usable, but I still need to test video in compiz...so moving on...

    Video in compiz!

    In Xv mode no less. Lets see what hapepns. The video is a music video (Nana Mizuki - Astrogation, Xvid(MPEG-4 ASP), MP3 (audio)) and played in the default video player in OpenSUSE.

    Default size: Works
    Resize: Works
    Fullscreen: Works
    CPU Utilization (resized fullscreen, 1280x800): 5-25% CPU utilization for each CPU (CPU 1 and 2)

    Video not in compiz!

    Same video.

    Default size: Works
    Resize: Works
    Fullscreen: Works
    CPU Utilization (non fullscreen): 20-25%, 5-10% alternating between CPU's

    [as reported by system monitor]
    [idle is about 5%]

    Hibernation and suspend!

    Settings are OpenSUSE 10.3 defaults.

    Suspend was tested by pressing Fn+Esc (Stand by). Suspend finished correctly. Woke up correctly. I'm a happy panda. Hell yes. I'm going to do it again just for the hell of it. Suspend finished correctly. Woke up correctly. RAWR. I'm going to do it again with compiz on. uspend finished correctly. Woke up correctly. RAWRx2. I gave my console window a little wobble to check too.

    Hibernate was tested by pressing Fn+F1 (Hibernate). It got tested with compiz on since compiz was already loaded (see above). OpenSUSE has the nice splash while it prepares the hibernate. It's quite nice really. Anyways, hibernate is successful, and computer is turned off. But...does it turn back on? Interestingly, if you hibernate in OpenSUSE it skips Grub when you turn it back on. In any case, was able to resume successfully with Compiz on.

    I'm not going to try without compiz on right now, but if someone wants me to try it, let me know.

    Closing remarks:

    So compiz works, but doesn't work. Mm. Maybe it's just how I set it up. I did set it up rather hastily. Or perhaps its the driver. In any case, barring compiz, it all works mighty fine and I really don't have any real complaints. Compiz? I don't usually use it...but people here like to use it so...tried it out.
    Last edited by Uchikoma; 03-05-2008 at 07:04 PM.

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    - black screen with modelines (it was only a joke in the release notes that these would work some time ago, a bad one however)
    They probably had their calendar ahead a month or so and thought it was april fools.

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    but why i still get the issue of the 8.1: the one that blocks Xorg and puts the cpu at 100% when killing X !?
    wasn't it fixed in 8.2!?

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    8.42.3: ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run
    ATI Catalyst 7.11: ati-driver-installer-7-11-x86.x86_64.run
    ATI Catalyst 7.12: ati-driver-installer-8.443.1-x86.x86_64.run
    ATI Catalyst 8.1: ati-driver-installer-8-01-x86.x86_64.run
    ATI Catalyst 8.2: ati-driver-installer-8-02-x86.x86_64.run
    ATI Catalyst 8.3: ati-driver-installer-8.3-x86.x86_64.run

    It's no wonder their release maintainer got his/her URL wrong this time around.
    Last edited by Netsnipe; 03-05-2008 at 05:03 PM.

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