ATI new driver install hopeless?

  • MadDuk
Posted: Sun, 08/19/2007 - 02:29
It's great to see the linux audio distros are making a strong showing. But my only prob seems to be using the latest and greatest video drivers without installing through synaptic. Everything looks good after installing fglrx 8.28 but framerates for screensavers and such are terrible. I've heard that ATI drivers have always been sub-standard in Linux and "should" get better by the end of the year. It seems that ATI is on the strong side of Red Hat and not so much support for Debian. It would seem that with Ubuntu distros going out with brand new Dell machines they would be on top of this already. But am I missing something?...some kind of a tweak? anything? My specs: AMD athlon 64 +3000 1gb RAM ATI Radeon X1600 Biostar mobo w/ Nvidia chipset xorg,conf (Horizontal Desktop): Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Default Layout" Screen "Default Screen" 0 0 InputDevice "Generic Keyboard" InputDevice "Configured Mouse" EndSection Section "Files" # path to defoma fonts FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi" FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" EndSection Section "Module" Load "bitmap" Load "ddc" Load "dri" Load "extmod" Load "freetype" Load "glx" Load "int10" Load "vbe" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Generic Keyboard" Driver "kbd" Option "CoreKeyboard" Option "XkbRules" "xorg" Option "XkbModel" "pc104" Option "XkbLayout" "us" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Configured Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "CorePointer" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]" Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver" Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor" Option "DPMS" "true" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[1]" Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver" Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor" Option "DPMS" "true" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]" Driver "fglrx" Option "DesktopSetup" "horizontal" BusID "PCI:5:0:0" Option "backingstore" "true" Option "RenderAccel" "true" Option "DynamicClocks" "true" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "aticonfig-Device[1]" Driver "fglrx" BusID "PCI:5:0:1" Option "backingstore" "true" Option "RenderAccel" "true" Option "DynamicClocks" "true" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Device "aticonfig-Device[0]" Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 1 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 4 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Default Screen" Device "aticonfig-Device[1]" Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[1]" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 1 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 4 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 8 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 15 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 16 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480" EndSubSection EndSection Section "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSection

ATI drivers installation howto for dummies?

  • thelonious
  • 08/08/07
  • Tue, 08/21/2007 - 14:57
I'm a musician, not a computer geek.. I would get only a functional 3D ATI driver installation step-by-step for my 64Studio to activate my screen resolution at least to 1024x768 or more, because software's GUI like Jack and Qsynth are too large on my display (graphic card is ATI Mobility X1300), and cannot see very well, i.e., consoles messages of softwares (windows are too large) for tuning and understanding errors of audio apps and so on to learn and grow to deep use. Excuse bad eng-writing, and thx for this great & free distro! I hope and stay tuned.

I voted with my wallet and got an Nvidia card

  • manasia
  • 07/13/07
  • Mon, 08/20/2007 - 21:12
ATI cards have poor OpenGL 2.0 support in Linux. Cruzin down the street in my 64. --Manasia

ATI Radeon X1600 PRO 512MB

  • arireisner
  • 07/07/07
  • Mon, 08/20/2007 - 00:03
I too have this same card with an issue. I have finally installed 64 studio. It seems too me like all of my hardware is working fine aside from the GPU: the display is stuck at a resolution of 800x600 and I cannot change it (graphically) through the preferences. Also, the entire graphical display is offset and larger than my screen by up to a few inches in each direction. I have a 26-inch Samsung LCD with a pc-input and an hdmi input. I tried a dv-hdmi and the pc-input and the results are the same. It also appears that the cpu may be overworking in compensation for the gpu not functioning properly. I have not tried to install any drivers for the GPU yet, but I figured I should search around to see if anyone has run into a similar issue.

ATI wrap around

  • MadDuk
  • 08/17/07
  • Mon, 08/20/2007 - 01:16
I had the issue of both edges of the screen facing toward the center when i first installed. and the center of the screen was on either side of the monitor.... so I just brought up the terminal, did the old: sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg and went with the vesa driver and a simple 1024x768. Then later I was able to download the fglrx driver in synaptic and set up the desktop the way I wanted. And I have tried this same thing in Ubuntu 7.04 amd64 and have not had better results. In fact 64studio was a little easier to configure for some reason. As far as cards w/ heatsinks, my Nvidia card had a really loud fan. This ATI card I got was such a good deal, $89 with a $40 mail in rebate. I just couldn't pass it up. I may just slap the Nvidia PCX5760 back in and put on the headphones. ;)

ATI

  • MadDuk
  • 08/17/07
  • Sun, 08/19/2007 - 19:02
Yeah I went with my wallet and got the cheaper ATI radeon with the big fat heatsink, no unwanted fan noise. It cut the fan db's way down, my box is noisy enough. So I did try the proprietary driver but no luck with openGL. I uninstalled fglrx and the system seems to use the drivers that came with the ATI package. A couple of the files needed for the installation are .rpm. I used Alien to install those but still no better results. Everything operates normally with a bit of window shuttering moving windows from desktop to desktop. I really didn't plan on gaming or stuff like that but I would hate to think of my CPU working overtime because the driver won't utilize my fat 512 memory cache on the card. Like I said ATI needs to make a Debian friendly driver utilizing the X.org files used in Debian distros. Although I feel there is still something I am missing..I guess I'll just keep at it until a cheap Nvidia highend card w/ heatsink comes along or ATI gets up to par with thier Linux driver.

Heat sink

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 08/19/2007 - 21:07
My cheap Geforce 6200 is definitely not a gaming card... it has no fan at all (completely silent) but it still packs enough punch to give me smooth 2D and 3D good enough the run Beryl desktop without any snags or stutters. I just would not try to run it in a under ventilated case, but my Antec Sonata seems to cut it though. Perhaps you could sell the ATI to someone that uses windoze more...

ATI support

  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Sun, 08/19/2007 - 06:15
ATI does have a page with info on their latest drivers. I have no experience with these, because I voted with my wallet, and got a cheaper linux compatible nVidia card to use with 64studio. I hope many more like me is convincing ATI (which products I used before my linux days) to support this platform more. Try the proprietary driver and let us know... perhaps Free could build one for the 'Studio'