Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Beans
    26

    Wink Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    I have had very sluggish video with my HD6870 during the early alpha stages and it has continued up until today. Is this a relic of broken upgrades from early alphas or does the current radeon driver not work well with this card? I also don't see an option in Ubuntu to install the proprietary driver. Normal or is my old system just jacked up?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    The Left Coast of the USA
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu

    Re: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    Hard to say about the Radeon driver in a development version. Mine works well. Can you define "sluggish" a little more qualitatively?

    The reason you don't see an option to install fglrx is that the current driver from AMD will not work without manually installing it and doing some patching and there is no driver in the repo yet.

    The 12.10 driver should drop in to the Canonical repo around the time of the RC.

    Patience.
    The Community Java Wiki * The Community ATI Driver Wiki * Find what you need in the Ubuntu Community wikis

    And seeing the terror on the faces of the people, QIII did speak to them, saying "Fear not the Terminal, for it is a road both swift and secure to the Great Mysteries of Linux without passing through the dangers of The Land of Ten Thousand Competing Desktop Environments."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Beans
    26

    Re: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Hard to say about the Radeon driver in a development version. Mine works well. Can you define "sluggish" a little more qualitatively?
    Yes, when moving windows around its not smooth at all, and window animations are very slow. When moving a window across the screen its more like 6 or 8 renderings instead of a smooth high FPS one if that makes sense. Its usable, but the performance is very poor. I should add that I am using two 24" monitors with a spanning desktop but when I have run in single monitor mode the performance is similar. I am cool with being patient if this is just the current state of the driver, I have been making a living off Linux for over 15 years and certainly remember when just getting X to run was a huge accomplishment, its nice to see that these days having it work poorly is even an option

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    The Left Coast of the USA
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Kubuntu

    Re: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    I don't think that's the general current state of the driver.

    I have Quantal in Ubuntu and Xubuntu flavors on an ATI machine and both work just fine.

    I'm in the middle of trying to finish a project for a client and burning the midnight oil, so I'll have to check into this later if someone else doesn't get to it first.
    The Community Java Wiki * The Community ATI Driver Wiki * Find what you need in the Ubuntu Community wikis

    And seeing the terror on the faces of the people, QIII did speak to them, saying "Fear not the Terminal, for it is a road both swift and secure to the Great Mysteries of Linux without passing through the dangers of The Land of Ten Thousand Competing Desktop Environments."

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Beans
    26

    Re: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    I ran 12.10 off a usb stick, the video seemed good, so I did a clean install and it seemed the video issues were cleared up as everything smooth. However, after a few hours of use the display slows down and moving windows around is very slow. I can restore performance by switching my two displays into 'mirrored' mode and then back into the spanning desktop. I have not noticed it suddenly getting laggy so I think its just a gradual degradation, but I need to use it more to be sure.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Beans
    26

    Re: Very sluggish video with Radeon HD6870

    Looks like I found a workaround. Logging in with my desktop spanning both displays results in poor video performance. Going to mirrored mode and then back to spanning in the same session fixes it. If I log in with mirrored mode enabled performance is good and remains good if I switch to a spanning desktop.

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •