Last edited by handy; August 17th, 2011 at 04:44 PM.
My (not a benchmark) glxgears speeds keep on creeping up with each upgrade of the git driver stack.
I had Radeon Mobility HD 3670 in my Dell XPS 1640 I installed FGLRX driver from HardWare > Additional Drivers and it worked like a charm.
I did check it MeerKat.
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Radeon Mobility HD 3670
vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
width: 32 bits
capabilities: vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=fglrx_pci latency=0
The biggest issue I see with ATI curently is hardware acceleration with movie players. Currently my 1015B ASUS EeePC can't use h/w acceleration due to this issue, OTOH, its far easier to set nvidia up for h/w acceleration in Ubuntu. The AMD Ontario does represent the best value in netbooks compared to usual Intel offerings. I am sincerely hoping that this issue will be sorted out in near future. I have no desire to run the slow Win7 that my netbook came with, have been a Linux user all my life.
my ati 3670 and 4670 are working just fine with propriety drivers activated with meerkat.
11.04 with ATI Radeon HD 5740.
The open source drivers with unity cook the CPU and the fans are on high all the time. The proprietary drivers run much cooler but compiz + the "classic" desktop is unusable.
The proprietary drivers have numerous problems with unity including weird artifacts on the screen. The config applet requires a reboot every time you plug in a monitor or take one away and requires you to run them as root for most cases. Utterly ridiculous in this day and age. When you launch apps the screen flickers and shows lines in both unity and classic with or without compiz.
The open source drivers work well except for cooking the laptop which is terrible for both battery life and longevity.
I stick with Intel video for laptops, and Nvidia for desktops. Much better support, and never had a problem.
Although Advance Micro Devices® supports the Radeon HD 6000 Series in Catalyst Control Center (package: fglrx-amdcccle) as of September 2011, the GA-MA78GM-S2HP in my hybrid Everex®, due to BIOS limitations, cannot, so I'm limited to types already supported with X.org open-source drivers anyway.
Gigabyte® GA-MA78GM-S2HP (AMD® Athlon 64® X2 5600+ MPU, RS780G NB, SB710 SB)
Audio: Creative Laboratories® SB0350/SB0250 (PCI 2.2, Creative CA0102-IAT)
Video: Diamond® 5450PE13G (PCIe x16, 600 MHz AMD® Cedar™ GPU, 1 GiB GDDR3 VRAM)