ATi Driver 8.16.20

August 17th, 2005 by TimeDoctor

Thanks to readers for letting us know about the new ATi driver release. Version 8.16.20 (release notes / FAQ). New features:

  • This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver provides a noticeable performance increase for all supported ATI Workstation products.
  • This release improves automatic detection of display devices when connected to an ATI graphics adapter. This allows for the display device to be configured using its Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) or to manually configured. For more information, refer to /usr/share/doc/fglrx/configure.html once the driver is installed.
  • This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver introduces driver compatibly with Linux 2.6.12 kernel.
  • The latest ATI Proprietary Linux driver now provides support for building the driver kernel module on systems with GCC 4.0
  • The Debian and Ubuntu operating systems are now supported by the ATI Installer Package Generator. Updates have occured to the SuSE package generation.
Issues Resolved:
  • The operating system no longer fails to respond when rendering HDTV or larger video files
  • Having two monitors connected to an ATI graphics adapter no longer results in the mouse cursor appearing on both displays simultaneously
  • Panning on the secondary display device is now available when using pseudocolor visuals and having clone mode enabled
  • The Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstation 4 Update 1 operating system no longer fails to respond during driver load up on systems having four or more gigabytes of system memory
  • Overlay support is now available when using a 64 bit operating system
  • A slow decrease in available memory (memory leak) for PCIe systems is no longer experienced
There is also a list of known issues.

ATi Driver 8.16.20 Installer Download: [ x86 | x86-64 ]
ATi Driver 8.16.20 x86 rpm: [ XFree86 4.1 | XFree86 4.2 | XFree86 4.3 | X.Org 6.8 ]
ATi Driver 8.16.20 x86-64 Driver: [ XFree86 4.3 | X.Org 6.8 ]

10 Responses to “ATi Driver 8.16.20”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    If anyone still owns an ATI card, how do these drivers work for you?

    I’m wondering if they have caught up with nvidia yet.. heh.. no, not really. Just pokin fun at ya. Almost fooled you though didn’t I. Last person to take Microsoft subsidies, turn out the lights. 3rectX 0wnZ j00!

    And yes, this is a troll. Thank you. Please drive through.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Doom 3 actually runs even slower here than it used to with 8.14.13, now down to 57% of the framerate on Windows with the same hardware. Does anyone know what actually is faster now?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    “This release improves automatic detection of display devices when connected to an ATI graphics adapter.”

    What? It doesnt detect my monitor connected to the nVidia GFX-card? OR the TV connected to the Matrox one? buuuuh

  4. Anonymous Says:

    … do the drivers run on linux?

  5. Anonymous Says:

    That’s the only answer, believe it!

  6. Trizt Says:

    Just wanted to say that ATI still haven’t made any PPC drivers, seems like nVidia may be out first of the two with PPC drivers according to some close to Freescale.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    The ATi hardware still seems very DirectX specific to me.
    How on earth are they going to make belivable Linux drivers with DirectX-oriented hardware?
    Nah, I’ll keep to nVidia for the time being, but if the improvements keep coming I might consider a changeover. Their hardware seems ahead of nVidia now!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    With MS doing everything they can to kill opengl I wonder if ATI will ever complete their linux drivers. I’d say never…

  9. Anonymous Says:

    … that ATI provides the gfx-hardware for all SGI visualization-systems (for several years now). Those things can be equipted with upto 16 render-pipes. All this runs OpenGL exclusively. So please no more “ATI is only about DirectX and shows no commitment for OpenGL”-gibberish.

    Best regards…


  10. Anonymous Says:

    Well, 8.12 drivers worked quite well for long time, compared to previous drivers.
    8.14 was disaster for me, about 30% of normal frame rate.
    8.16 works well, visualization is better and response in ut2004 (meaning tourn around and kill fast) is much better.

    thanx ati.

    (the only thing in ut2004 not as good as in windows directX is character shadows.. is that weakness of opengl, or somebody was just lazy?)

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