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New ATI Radeon Drivers Released

October 8th, 2003 by Marv

Several people have written in to let us know that a new set of ATI Radeon drivers has been released. This driver supports the 8500 to the 9800 series; changes in this release include:

  • Driver now builds against Linux kernel 2.6.0-test6
  • Fixes for Via KT400 systems
  • Fixes for Athlon K7 systems with 2.4.19 and 2.4.20
  • Added support for the following graphics cards:
    • RADEON 9200SE
      RADEON 9600SE
      RADEON 9800LE
      RADEON 9800SE
      RADEON 9800XT
  • Improved GLX 1.3 features (pBuffers)
  • AGP updates for the following AGP chipsets:
    • intel i865, SiS648/651/746
      VIA PLE133/KL266/KM266/P4M266
  • Added glxATI.h to driver package for Developer Use
  • Moved ATI source tarballs to /usr/src/ATI

23 Responses to “New ATI Radeon Drivers Released”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If they keep this up, perhaps in May next year i will buy an ATI!

  2. Jestrzcap Says:

    I’ve got fewer and fewer reasons to purchase nvidia cards. Now if we can make sure that the all-in-wonder cards have total support I’ll be all set.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Its just a driver release, lets see how they stack up to nvidia’s drivers in real games…

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I find buying hardware that offers nativer kernel drivers for hardware to be the best bet.

    I’ve always used NVIDIA cards in teh past since NVIDIA is the only decent video card for linux that offers linux drivers.

    However, I just *love* having native linux drivers or opensource drivers as bugs are fixed much more readily and things just *seems* to work much better.

    I think most businesses and home users *will* opt for h/w that offers such driver modules.

    Cheers to ATI. I’m fascinated with this ATI opensource driver developement and will keep an ey e on this for future plans of buying an ati card.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Even with the texture compression disabled, I get a false agp memory error screen which is frozen. I have to kill the game manually. Time to upgrade I guess.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Savage didn’t work the last time i tried.
    But with support for 2.6 kernel i got 3d acceleration again.
    Hopefully this driver will fix the issue (or some of the numerous updates to savage).

  7. Anonymous Says:

    OK, my 2.4.22 kernel with AC patches backported doesn’t work at all for some strange reason (kernel crash right after loading kernel….)…

    2.6.0-test6 works, but my ATI 9500 card doesn’t work with 3D.
    My motherboard (which is the achilles heal) is an
    ECS Elitegroup L7VTA with VIA KT400 chipset and VT8235 pci bridge.

    Anyone got any luck with KT400 chipsets?
    If so, which kernel are you running.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Until I get support equivilant to TwinView working with an ATI card, I will stick with NVidia. I previously had a Radeon8500 but got fed up with bad graphics in game (like see through trees in RTCW), and no TV-out option. And no, the open source TV-Out project for ATI cards did NOT work for me.

  9. IBJamon Says:

    Hello! I just switched to an ATI 9800 from an NVIDIA Ti4200 about 2 weeks ago. I have found (this driver included) that the performance is good enough, but there are occasional glitches. But they seem to have gotten better with this release. It’s looking good so far! The only thing that I am disappointed about so far is if you launch a second X server… well expect to reboot in short order. :(

    IBJamon

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Is preformance any better with this release?

  11. Anonymous Says:

    hum, any chance to get the ati remote control to work in linux someday ?

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I get color corrupted video if I switch to a virtual console and then back to X. I have to restart X to get rid of it. Annoying.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    RADEON 9200SE
    RADEON 9600SE
    RADEON 9800LE
    RADEON 9800SE
    Never heard of these, ive seen the XT, but what are the others?

  14. Anonymous Says:

    Does the driver support laptop Radeon cards right now?

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I would appreciate some feedback from people that have the new driver working. Any gotchas? How’s the performance? I have the 3.2.5 driver working fairly well and I’ll stick with it if there’s no advantages to upgrading.
    thanks.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Are there versions for FreeBSD? I have a radeon card that is collecting dust…. :(

  17. xmorg Says:

    Are there versions for FreeBSD? I have a radeon card that is collecting dust…. :(

  18. Anonymous Says:

    Does anyone have a tv card working with ati drivers? I only get sound and a black windows… with or without v4l and dga enabled. The card is a pctv pro.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Anyone know how these drivers feel about mobile radeon systems?

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Is there a PPC version?

  21. cuban Says:

    It’d be nice if they got Xinerama (or some equivalent) working…

  22. Anonymous Says:

    has anybody got test8 with fglrx working ? patched, still get crashes and dmesg debug message of failed attempt at startx ( Call trace ). Screen stays black. Tried with agpgart or without. AGP is via kt400 on agp3 ( x8 ) mode. “test7″ patche, as well as agp3 and amd on. Thank you.

  23. lite Says:

    IBJamon mentioned this issue already. It’s a true problem for me, too. Has anyone found a solution for this? I tried to run first X instance with ati fglrx driver and another X with open source radeon driver, but it didn’t help.

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