Re: radeon driver heading in wrong direction :-(.

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On 02/06/2010 11:37 AM, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> Brian Mury wrote:
>> I disagree. As I posted earlier in this thread, my 9200 (rv280) does
>> *not* work with the current drivers. Booting with KMS I get 2D and 3D
>> that are both so slow they are unusable for many tasks (even watching a
>> low resolution video pins the CPU and drops more frames than it plays).
>> Booting with UMS I get good speed, but random X crashes - and 3D will
>> almost always completely freeze the computer. I end up having to reboot
>> just so I can, say, run Google Earth for a couple minutes, then reboot
>> again to continue with what I was doing before.
>
> I have a "ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 SE] (rev 01)" and I'm
> running F12 with KMS enabled, 2D works perfectly, 3D is sometimes a bit
> "stuttery" (i.e. it freezes on a frame for a small fraction of a second, not
> enough to be seen as an outright freeze, but enough to be seen as frame
> jumping), but otherwise it just works. It did have several issues (crashes,
> assertion failures) on F11, and there was one assertion failure in Extreme
> Tux Racer in the F12 release, but that got fixed in the updates. (But it's
> true F10 was best. The drivers got refactored to work with the latest X11
> driver technologies and there were some regressions in the process.)
>
> Now if you're expecting a performance beast, perhaps you're expecting too
> much from a Radeon 9200? (FYI, even current Intel integrated chipsets
> (GM965) perform better.)
>
>          Kevin Kofler
>
I have machines with: ATI RV280, ATI RV535, ATI X300, Intel 945G and some
others. All of these have issues with F12, mainly with 3D but both the
ATI RV280 and ATI X300 cause occasional system lockup's requiring a
reboot in 2D and also kernel panics. There are also graphics artefacts
occasionally.
Although they all work to some extent, and the systems can be used,
they are not in my mind stable or fully supported. To get the multitude
of different Graphics cards working well a good testing regime with good
feedback is required with stable organised development. Fedora/Linux
doesn't seem to have this in the graphics area (please correct me if
I'm wrong). Unless resource with a focus on getting the graphics issues
sorted is provided, I really can't see things improving. It certainly
hasn't improved much over the the past 5 years or more.
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