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Old 04-11-2013, 01:54 AM   #1
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Enabling hardware acceleration for ATI Radeon 9600 Pro


I have an old graphics card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. On Linux all the windows seem to render much slower, then on Windows. I tried this command to check the renderer:

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# glxinfo | grep renderer.
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV350
I can't install binary drivers, cause my X version is 11.0, and maximum, supported by these drivers is 7.4:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx

Any ideas, how to accelerate the open source driver?
 
Old 04-11-2013, 04:21 AM   #2
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2D and 3D acceleration is enabled by default for that GPU on every distribution produced in at least the last 5 years (maybe even 10 years).

The output from "glxinfo | grep -i renderer" suggests that everything is working fine, but also make sure that direct rendering is enabled by checking "glxinfo | grep -i direct"

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Old 04-11-2013, 04:29 AM   #3
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2D and 3D acceleration is enabled by default for that GPU on every distribution produced in at least the last 5 years (maybe even 10 years).
True for almost any distro, with the exception of Debian, due to their free software policy. If you use Debian you have to install the necessary firmware from the non-free repositories.
 
Old 04-11-2013, 04:31 AM   #4
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Good point, TobiSGD. Thanks.
 
Old 04-11-2013, 05:15 AM   #5
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2D and 3D acceleration is enabled by default for that GPU on every distribution produced in at least the last 5 years (maybe even 10 years).
I am using Slackware 14.0 with 3.7.0 kernel. radeon driver. KDE 4.8.5. So, acceleration must be enabled.

But when I move small windows around the screen, there is a trail, disappearing in about 1 second. This doesn't happen in Windows. Maybe, there is a way to measure, how the video card works in both operating systems.

And compare.
 
Old 04-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #6
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I can't install binary drivers, cause my X version is 11.0, and maximum, supported by these drivers is 7.4:
@usr345 As a sidenote you're confusing two version numbers. The 11 is referring to the X windows system reference specification, as in X11. The 7.4 is referring to the x.org drivers, which are implementing the X11 specifications.

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Old 04-11-2013, 10:37 AM   #7
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@usr345 As a sidenote you're confusing two version numbers. The 11 is referring to the X windows system reference specification, as in X11. The 7.4 is referring to the x.org drivers, which are implementing the X11 specifications.

Cheers
This means, that i can use the binary drivers? Do you know, am I correct, thinking, that the reason of slow windows rendering is the absence of drivers?
 
Old 04-11-2013, 10:45 AM   #8
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You can not use the binary drivers on your GPU with any linux distribution from the last five years or so.

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Old 04-12-2013, 02:59 AM   #9
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You can not use the binary drivers on your GPU with any linux distribution from the last five years or so.
ok. Is there a way to compare the productivity of GPU on Linux and on Windows?
 
Old 04-12-2013, 01:27 PM   #10
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There may be cross-platform benchmarking tools, but I'm not really expert in that area.

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