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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    All part of the fun & games of playing on the bleeding edge.

    My machine freezes every couple of days due to all the dev' packages & kernel I'm running to satisfy my desire to play this game with the ATi OSS drivers. (It has only happened 3 times) I can live with that until I get an upgrade that will fix it, though I expect you'll be dumping that kernel pretty quick.
    Yeah I am back to rc6 for now and am anticipating 2.6.35. My main problem with linux is vid drivers so the main reason I am running ubuntu right now it to see the oss driver progress so I can know when itll actually be able to run properly on my laptop someday lol.
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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by screaminj3sus View Post
    Yeah I am back to rc6 for now and am anticipating 2.6.35. My main problem with linux is vid drivers so the main reason I am running ubuntu right now it to see the oss driver progress so I can know when itll actually be able to run properly on my laptop someday lol.
    Ubuntu is not necessarily the ideal distro for your purpose, I would suggest Arch if it meets your other requirements as it is bleeding edge to start with & there is a great bunch of guys that have been on the ATi GPU OSS case for quite some time.

    There are pre-compiled repo's (specifically for this ATi GPU situation) with the most current packages & kernels (tested first before inclusion) & continual feedback in the specific topic thread, the first post of the thread is kept up to date on the situation in a how-to kind of way:

    http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=79509&p=1

    Arch is different though, generally people either love it or get out of there pretty quick. The steepest part of the learning curve is the installation & setup of your system, after that the more you do it the better & easier it gets.

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    BigLouis87: try "su" and then "echo X > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_state"
    make sure X is a valid status id!

    My card has only status 0 and 1, so X can only be 0 or 1. (see below?)
    mmmh... I don't have "power_state"!:
    Code:
    cat /sys/class/drm/card0/device/
    boot_vga                  drm/                      msi_bus                   resource1
    broken_parity_status      enable                    power/                    resource2
    class                     firmware_node/            remove                    rom
    config                    graphics/                 rescan                    subsystem/
    consistent_dma_mask_bits  irq                       reset                     subsystem_device
    device                    local_cpulist             resource                  subsystem_vendor
    dma_mask_bits             local_cpus                resource0                 uevent
    driver/                   modalias                  resource0_wc              vendor
    and under "power" there is only "control" (set "on") and "wakeup". Can you tell me why??
    However dmesg say that I have 4 powersteps (with fglrx I had only 3... wow!)
    Do I have to disable dynpm in the option of the module?
    Thank you

    PS: When I'll have some time I'll retry to reinstall Arch... it will be the third time!
    Last edited by BigLouis87; May 5th, 2010 at 02:11 AM.

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    @BigLouis87: Sorry, I'm out of my depth. As previously mentioned the card in my iMac is not responding to the PM as other GPUs of the same model, so I haven't had any first hand experience of being able to fiddle with the settings.

    See what you can scroogle up on the subject on the web.

    Good luck & let us know what you find out please?

    Re. Arch installation, follow the Beginners' Guide to the letter & check the Arch forum for any problems post there if you need to.

    These days beyond a very obscure wireless network situation there isn't much in the way of obstructions that are insurmountable re. the install.
    Last edited by handy; May 5th, 2010 at 02:18 AM.

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    This is awesome.

    Any chance older cards (my x200m) will get support?

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by prions View Post
    This is awesome.

    Any chance older cards (my x200m) will get support?
    This is posted in the first post:

    http://www.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature


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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Thats awesome! Lets hope they turn out to be great.

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    Ubuntu is not necessarily the ideal distro for your purpose, I would suggest Arch if it meets your other requirements as it is bleeding edge to start with & there is a great bunch of guys that have been on the ATi GPU OSS case for quite some time.

    There are pre-compiled repo's (specifically for this ATi GPU situation) with the most current packages & kernels (tested first before inclusion) & continual feedback in the specific topic thread, the first post of the thread is kept up to date on the situation in a how-to kind of way:

    http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=79509&p=1

    Arch is different though, generally people either love it or get out of there pretty quick. The steepest part of the learning curve is the installation & setup of your system, after that the more you do it the better & easier it gets.
    I tried arch and got it all installed fine but I thought simple things like getting wireless to work are just too much of a hassle and couldn't getting it to work the way i wanted (didnt find any of the arch documentation in this area very helpful).. I like bleeding edge but I also hate having to every single little tiny thing manually.

    I really like the idea of its rolling update model, but I cant stand not having such basic things having to be configured manually.
    Last edited by screaminj3sus; May 5th, 2010 at 04:36 AM.
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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by handy View Post
    This is posted in the first post:

    http://www.x.org/wiki/RadeonFeature

    While I think my card is supported, is there any way to check? I'm not familiar with their naming system (r200, r300, etc). Its a legacy card so I'm not sure.

    Thanks.

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    Re: ATi Open drivers are coming of age... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by prions View Post
    While I think my card is supported, is there any way to check? I'm not familiar with their naming system (r200, r300, etc). Its a legacy card so I'm not sure.

    Thanks.
    It looks like it is an R300, from what I gather it is a bit different, it is not listed on any of the pages where I go to check on this kind of stuff, but I see that it may be similar to an X300 chip.

    Sorry I can't be of more help on that one.

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