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New ATI Catalyst just released

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2 days ago was released new ATI Catalyst™ 8.12. Well I’m not so fast about news =) Let’s test it.

Written by egaistek

December 12, 2008 at 06:17

Posted in Vaio

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  1. This update messed up my x.org file. Is there a better way to install it?


    December 12, 2008 at 08:13

  2. Ok i fixed it! But videos seem to stutter any idea why?


    December 12, 2008 at 14:19

  3. Hi egaistek,

    Does hotplugging in an external monitor work by extending the screen on your FW series Vaio? I’ve read a different review that said this didn’t work while X was running. I’d like to buy it as my work machine, but need that feature.

    Here is the link I read from a month ago


    Btw, great blog.


    December 13, 2008 at 00:59

  4. rado, I have managed this setup a year ago with Ubuntu on IBM laptop (now there is Intrepid and all working) with Ati card. But with ati driver and not with fglrx. I was using xrandr. There was a problem with fglrx, I don’t remember which but I guess I can test my laptop today.


    December 13, 2008 at 01:15

  5. ScopeJim, what do you mean about videos? I have installed new driver yesterday and video is fine.


    December 13, 2008 at 01:18

  6. Well, when I play back movies or visualizations in media players, the screen seems to stutter.


    December 13, 2008 at 02:20

  7. Maybe it’s because of Compiz?


    December 13, 2008 at 02:36

  8. Can you post something about Intel 4500MHD graphics? I can’t manage it to work. I always get white screen. Only can use vesa driver with 1024×768. Thank You


    December 13, 2008 at 18:49

  9. Well you could check 268615 bug on launchpad, there is a solution. But screen for that guy stay black, and yours white, this can be different bug.
    You can check post about white screen here too.


    December 13, 2008 at 19:32

  10. Alex, check out these links. I originally bought a FW140E/H with the 4500MHD chipset but could not get it to work properly. I was participating in these forums until I decided to give in and exchanged my laptop for a FW139E/H which has an ATI chipset. I am glad I made the switch. I hope these links help.



    December 15, 2008 at 12:14

  11. I just installed the new driver and im getting flickering openGl with compiz. Even quicktime videos flicker. I cant compare with the older drivers so i dont know if its just 8.12 or the fact that ATI and compiz has always had this problem. I tryed the following options in xorg:
    Option “TexturedVideo” “on”
    Option “VideoOverlay” “off”
    Option “OpenGLOverlay” “off”

    then in terminal:

    sudo aticonfig –input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf

    but still the same problem. When I disable compiz it is fine.


    December 18, 2008 at 15:25

  12. It was flickering with older drivers too.


    December 18, 2008 at 15:58

  13. Have you changed the video mode to X11? I’m getting flickering too if the videomode isn’t X11. In VLC player you can change that in preferences, in Totem it was little bit trickier, can’t remember at the moment how it was done but I’m sure Google can help.

    Mikko Tikkanen

    December 20, 2008 at 21:27

  14. gstreamer-properties 😉


    December 21, 2008 at 01:50

  15. I set it to X11 but still no good when compiz is enabled. The test video is not windowed, it overlays the screen on the bottom right and flickers pretty bad. The same thing happens with glxgears and after running only the top half of the screen is redrawn and it is drawn how the bottom half should be. Its very weird so I have compiz off a the moment. Is anyone else having the same problem? my graphics card is Radeon 3470HD

    I think its a problem with intrepid because I dont remember this happening with Hardy but im not sure.


    December 21, 2008 at 15:01

  16. I have the same problem too, and I’m without Compiz because of Firefox and this flickering too.


    December 21, 2008 at 16:14

  17. About desktop extend for external display. Well you still can’t do it in ATI CCC without reboot, but even with reboot I have not success with it with different screen resolutions then on laptop. Only clone without reboot is ok.


    December 21, 2008 at 17:02

  18. Hi, how many FPS do you get with glxgears? I only reach 759.581 FPS… I think I should get more than this…

    I have 2.6.24-23-server Kernel and 8.12 ATI Drivers (FW11 Laptop with Radeon HD 3400).



    January 17, 2009 at 00:22

  19. I just installed the new beta driver Catalyst 9.1(RC2)
    Those drivers definately stop flickering while gl-video playback.


    January 24, 2009 at 17:29

    • Tried it now. Again no acceleration at all, even in 2D.
      “3D” crossed logo with “testing use only” in the right bottom corner of the screen.


      January 25, 2009 at 04:04

  20. i installed 9.1 final but even if flickering is almost corrected the 9.1 has a very poor performance on my system ( Kubuntu 8.10 x64).

    What about radeonHD anybody got desktop effects running on KDE 4.2?


    February 1, 2009 at 20:00

  21. I am using the Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 and I have noticed that enabling the ATI driver degrades performance on the following cases:

    1-> When restoring a minimized window.
    2-> When switching video to full screen.

    Without the ATI driver restoring a window takes less than a second. Switching to full screen video is also very fast.

    But with the ATI hardware driver it can take 2-3 seconds to restore a minimised window and 4-5 seconds to switch to full screen video using VLC.

    Does anybody how to fix this issue?
    thanks in advance!


    April 27, 2009 at 23:37

  22. Yes, I saw that too. This issue comes from compiz only. Disable compiz and all works ok. If you need compiz use another driver =)


    April 27, 2009 at 23:39

    • thanks egaistek,
      do you suggest installing a different version of compiz or a different version of the ATI driver?


      April 27, 2009 at 23:48

      • If there is newer compiz around, sure try it, why not.


        April 28, 2009 at 00:27

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