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Old 03-20-2013, 03:41 AM   #1
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ATi HD 7770 Free driver support


hey guys

Im abit confused, ive read in a phew places like phoronix that there is a driver called RadeonSI, been worked on to support the 7xxx series ATi graphic cards, but ive also read that its already supported with 2D display enabled and some of these posts seemed to be back in 2012.

So basically im curious if there is an AMD free driver version that supports the 7000 series graphic's cards just yet and 3D Acceleration
 
Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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The open source radeon driver supports HD7xxx GPUs with 2D and 3D acceleration on linux.

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:53 PM   #3
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how exactly would i go about installing the latest opensource driver in distro's like ubuntu, fedora, and slackware, considering there such different distro's

im mainly asking this question ( by now i should know :P ) because ive seen different versions of the driver like Radeon, RadeonHD, RadeonSI

i also understand alot of distro's come with opensource drivers out of the box, but im not sure how to check if 3D Acceleration is enabled or not for gaming

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #4
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Personally, if you have to ask how to install the latest open source driver, it's not something I'd recommend. Certainly the latest versions of all the mainstream distributions will have what they feel is the latest stable version of the driver for your GPU. You can check for 3D acceleration by looking at the output of 'glxinfo | grep -i render'. Mind you, for 3D gaming, the proprietary driver from AMD is likely to perform noticeably better.
 
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Please keep in mind that acceleration of neither 3D nor video decoding is currently fully supported (neither in features nor performance) and that some other features can only be used manually (like setting the powersaving level), so at this time I would recommend to rather go for the proprietary driver, especially when you want to use that card for games.
 
Old 03-20-2013, 10:06 PM   #6
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Ah i see, my bad. ill stick with binary drivers then, all my linux life ive actually used nvidia drivers, so im quite used to binary/closed drivers, so moving to ATi was a big change and i was still understanding the in's and out's of ATi. and i had read somewhere that ATi open source drivers were quite well suited for gaming with mesa 9.1 but i guess not xD

thanks for the help
 
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Ah i see, my bad. ill stick with binary drivers then, all my linux life ive actually used nvidia drivers, so im quite used to binary/closed drivers, so moving to ATi was a big change and i was still understanding the in's and out's of ATi. and i had read somewhere that ATi open source drivers were quite well suited for gaming with mesa 9.1 but i guess not xD

thanks for the help
On some older cards the free driver gets in rare cases in the same performance regions as the proprietary driver, on newer cards this never really the case.
 
  


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