I’m slightly sad to see my old radeon 9600 card with Compiz being obsoleted. My motherboard in that machine shorted out somewhere and I was left with a bricked machine. Since the product was essentially about 5 years old, I decided to go ahead and buy new equipment. I’m now the proud owner of an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 with an Intel DQ35MP Motherboard. I copied my old hard drive data to a new drive and am back up and running without a lot of headaches.
What better opportunity to explain how to get Gentoo working on this hardware. Continue reading “Gentoo with an Intel DQ35MP Motherboard”
As of a couple days ago, ATI released their next drivers for Linux. The drivers were previously announced to be versioned 8.43.x but ATI has converted to a new numbering system that follows the popular YEAR.MONTH notation. The 7.11 drivers therefore accurately represent their release date in November, 2007 and are what would have been 8.43.x.
Anyway, there isn’t a Gentoo ebuild for these drivers and there may never be one. When I checked, there wasn’t even a bug filed to have one created. The 8.42.3 drivers eventually made it into portage as a masked package (~x86) with the consensus that they will never be marked stable. The 7.11 drivers will probably not even make it that far since the list of changes is rather minimal and nobody has posted any benefit to upgrading to them. You can read the Gentoo forum on the subject for more details if you like.
Anyway, it looks like we’ll be waiting for 8.1, or whatever the next release date happens to be, to find out if we finally get a faster AIGLX implementation for X.org.
Update: Well, I guess I called that one wrong. This morning my portage update contained an ebuild for ati-driver 8.433, which is the 7.11 driver I talked about in the article. I still don’t think there is much benefit to upgrading though.
I’m a sucker for bleeding edge technology. After posting before about upgrading to the 8.42.3 ati drivers, I realized I was using Xorg-X11 7.2, not 7.3, which is the latest. The latest 7.3 ebuild contains a block on the ati drivers. The block is no longer necessary though because the 8.42.3 drivers are compatible and have xorg-server 1.4 support built in.
Here is what I did to upgrade. Continue reading “Upgrading to Xorg-X11 7.3 with ati-drivers 8.42.3 on Gentoo”
One of the 1st things I noticed after upgrading to AIGLX with the new ATI drivers was that window resizing was incredibly slow. A quick search on Google yielded a LOT of results for the same problem. The first thing I noticed however, was that they were OLD forum threads. They did mention however, that when resizing a window, the window would be repainted to video memory each step of the way, and that the application would still repaint the window when you were done.
I decided to go look at the settings for the resize plugin with the Settings Manager instead. I found there are different modes for rendering the resize. My plugin was set to the “Normal” mode. I’m not sure if the normal mode has anything to do with the repeatedly re-render problem people had in the past, but I decided to try out some of the other modes. To my pleasant surprise, every other mode of resizing the window is quick and efficient. You can even choose the mode that visually suites you the best.
Renders a rectangle that represents the new size of the window while resizing. The window is resized after you stop dragging. While resizing, the window is still visible in the background at the original size.
Same as the rectangle mode but there is an outline instead of a filled rectangle.
This one is my personal favorite. The window is stretched to the size of the dragging rectangle and doesn’t actually repaint until you are finished dragging.
Update: As of the last couple days (11/18/07), an ebuild has been added to portage for these drivers. It’s no longer necessary to create your own.
So the Long Anticipated ATI drivers that support AIGLX are released. I’ve been wishing for this long before anyone ever mentioned it was a possibility. I’ve got my Gentoo machine all set up with the new drivers and working with Compiz-Fusion. Here is the process I used to convert from Xgl and the 8.40.4 driver to the 8.42.3 driver with AIGLX.
Continue reading “AIGLX, Compiz-Fusion, Gentoo, and my ATI Radeon 9600 Card with 8.42.3”