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    Smile Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    I just got Ati drivers and Xinerama working perfect. i know i and alot of other have had problems with this on 9.04 so i am going to tell you how i did it hopefully it will help.

    start from the beging remove all signs of the Ati driver, and delete all directorys and files with in them.

    now go to the Ati site and download and install the drivers manually. use there install instructions. go all the way down tell it says you are done.

    next step go to System > Prefer > Display and uncheck mirror screens.

    then you are going to have to disable RandR 1.2

    Edit /etc/ati/amdpcsdb
    In the section labeled [AMDPCSROOT/SYSTEM/DDX]
    add this:
    Code:
         EnableRandR12=Sfalse
    Also, in /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the "Device" section add:
    Code:
         Option      "EnableRandR12" "false"
    restart X and now it is time to configure your xorg.conf file the rest of the way. Here is what mine looks like. * note for a min turn Xinerama "off" untill you restart x after this step


    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "aticonfig Layout"
        Screen      0  "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
        Screen         "aticonfig-Screen[1]-0" RightOf "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
        Option        "Clone" "off"
        Option        "Xinerama" "on"
        Option        "AIGLX" "on"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
        Load  "dbe"
        Load  "freetype"
        Load  "extmod"
        Load  "glx"
        Load  "dri"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
        Option        "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
        Option        "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
        Option        "DPMS" "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier   "aticonfig-Monitor[1]-0"
        Option        "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
        Option        "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
        Option        "DPMS" "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
        Driver      "fglrx"
        Option        "EnableRandR12" "false"
        Option        "VideoOverlay" "on"
        Option        "OpenGLOverlay" "on"
        Option        "UseFastTLS" "2"
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier  "aticonfig-Device[1]-0"
        Driver      "fglrx"
        Option        "EnableRandR12" "false"
        Option      "UseFastTLS" "2"
        BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
        Device     "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
        Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
        DefaultDepth     24
        SubSection "Display"
            Viewport   0 0
            Depth     24
            Modes    "1280x1024" "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[1]-0"
        Device     "aticonfig-Device[1]-0"
        Monitor    "aticonfig-Monitor[1]-0"
        DefaultDepth     24
        SubSection "Display"
            Viewport   0 0
            Depth     24
            Modes    "1280x1024" "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
        Group        "Video"
        Mode         0666
    EndSection
    
    Section "Extensions"
        Option        "RENDER" "Enable"
        Option        "DAMAGE" "Enable"
        Option        "Composite" "Enable"
    EndSection
    now after you restart X again go to your Amdcccle config screen and enable big desktop, when that is done you can go back to your xorg.conf file and turn Xinerama "on". and that should be it.

    Let me know if this helps anyone or if anyone needs alittle more info
    Last edited by eidoslinux; May 7th, 2009 at 07:25 PM.

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    eidos: You are my god. For the first time since the Jaunty upgrade, I have a working fglrx.

    My symptoms before using this fix were: when using fglrx, when I loaded into X the secondary screen would flicker repeatedly, and X would be extremely slow and unresponsive. Also, trying to load up the display applet would produce a display-applet-sized grey box that would then freeze X.

    Now, all is working perfectly, as it was with Intrepid.

    Thanks again,
    Ryder

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    I have a Asus ATI 2400pro, and your config makes it look so beautiful. Thankyou for this, you have made another person very happy.
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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    Thank you for great post. It help me a lot.
    Now I have one more question. What is your FPS with glxgears. I have only about 100 FPS. I think this is to small.
    I have used exactly the same xorg.conf than eidoslinux has posted.

    My laptop:
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz
    Radeon HD 2600
    with kubuntu 9.04.

    Any suggestions?
    thanks

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    Thanks for posting. Gonna borrow some of your xorg...maybe it'll fix some of my ati issues.

    EDIT: I don't think you can have "VideoOverlay" and "OpenGLOverlay" on at the same time. I'm pretty sure they are mutually exclusive.
    Last edited by HavocXphere; May 16th, 2009 at 09:59 PM.
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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    ya that is way low what i am getting is.

    [code]
    chris@Alice-Ubuntu:~$ glxgears -fullscreen
    Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
    approximately 1/4800851 the monitor refresh rate.
    11818 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2363.417 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.759 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.820 FPS
    11887 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2377.337 FPS
    11873 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.545 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.792 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.717 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.775 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.784 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.879 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.823 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.922 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.833 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.776 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.998 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.903 FPS
    11878 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2375.424 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.709 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.688 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.677 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.808 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.754 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.741 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.773 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.812 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.830 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.888 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.923 FPS
    11874 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.713 FPS
    11875 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2374.901 FPS
    [\code]

    but i would use a better benchmark programs then that, i use phoronix-test-suite
    personally.

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    and as far as videooverlay and open gloverlay, x is not saying it is not working right. i was wondering about that too.

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    Many thanks for this I have been trying for ages to get the open set up working with dual monitor, one monitor displayed at 1280x1024 but the other one displayed at 1152x864, I had tried following ATI installation instructrions, then found your post with the instructions concearning EnableRandR12, now I can spread my multimedia apps out over the two screens. Thank you Thank you

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working

    hey eidoslinux, i just read your thread and providing i am a total noob i would like to ask a couple of questions before i begin cause every single time i tried to use xinerama it ended up with a re-instalation.. :S
    i got a 64 bit version of ubuntu and i have tryied to use xinerama the problems i had are:

    1. resolution on screens was different, i kinda made it to get it working on 1280x12024.will it work using a resolution of 1680x1050?
    2.when i tried to turn on the effects i got an error saying that the composite extension is missing.

    thanks a lot for the help!
    this forum is very helpful.i would have gone back to windows without it..

    edit: i did try this method.
    when i unchecked the mirror screen option it was recomended to me by ubuntu to let fix it on its own.then i was instracted to log off and on ..
    when i did that my login screen crashed.i had to re install ubuntu again.
    any help?
    here is an image of the message
    http://g.imagehost.org/view/0288/Screenshot
    if you select no then it says
    your setting cannot be applied because the virtual resolution is too big to contain your screens.
    i made it..i didnt turn off the mirror screen setting but i think it did turn off from the xorg.conf settings..
    many thanks for the great help!!
    Last edited by kouchris; May 27th, 2009 at 06:20 PM.

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    Re: Just got Ati HD2900xt drivers 9.4 and Xinerama working


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