Uchi's 8.03 driver rundown
Quick summary: It works for pretty much everything. Including hibernate and suspend.
Broken down into
- Machine configuration
- Compiz & Video (Xv)
- Video (Xv)
Machine: Dell Inspiron 6400
Card: ATI Mobility x1400 256MB Hypermemory (PCI-Ex)
RAM: 1 GB
State: Clean-install, no previous ATI driver
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:
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).
sudo chmod a+x ati-driver-installer-8.3-x86.x86_64.run
Next up, ran the following commands (since I just recently installed OpenSuse...today actually, great timing huh?):
Restarted X and my resolution is now nice and proper. Let's verify that life is good.
sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
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
Xvinfo reports two image formats YV12 (0x32315659), type: YUV (planar) and I420 (0x30323449), type: YUV (planar). Powerstates gives me the usual three states:
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]
Powerstates, glxgears average (non-compiz)
Glxgears gives me an average of about 2600ish FPS.
tachikoma@n198-239:~> aticonfig --list-powerstates
1: 209/135 MHz [low voltage]
2: 392/252 MHz
* 3: 432/396 MHz [default state]
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
CPU Utilization (resized fullscreen, 1280x800): 5-25% CPU utilization for each CPU (CPU 1 and 2)
Video not in compiz!
Default size: 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.
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.