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Old 11-21-2004, 12:52 AM   #1
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ATI Radeon blurry distored in X (proprietary driver)

I have the latest proprietary drivers for ATI Radeon PowerColor 9600 Pro working. But I get distorted, blurry text and artefacts on windows in X (2D). 3D is fine. A screenshot:

www DOT utsc DOT utoronto DOT ca/~01kassil/blurry_screen.jpeg

Fiddling with driver section in XFree86Config has yielded only this: If I disable 2D acceleration, quality improves at expense of speed. Using external GART has no effect.

Anyone else out there putting up with this annoyance? Any ideas appreciated !!

-- System Details --
Distro is Gentoo. Kernel is 2.6.9. xfree86 4.3.0.
System is an AthlonXP on a MSI KT3 board with the VIA KT333 chipset.

$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9600 Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3.4641 (X4.3.0-3.14.6)

$ /sbin/lspci
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333]
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8366/A/7 [Apollo KT266/A/333 AGP]
0000:00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: D-Link System Inc DL10050 Sundance Ethernet (rev 12)
0000:00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
0000:00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
0000:00:11.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)0000:00:11.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)0000:00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 40)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AP [Radeon 9600]
0000:01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 AP [Radeon 9600] (Secondary)

$ dmesg |tail -n40
Linux agpgart interface v0.100 (c) Dave Jones
fglrx: module license 'Proprietary. (C) 2002 - ATI Technologies, Starnberg, GERMANY' taints kernel.
[fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 431 MBytes.
ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[fglrx] module loaded - fglrx 3.14.6 [Oct 30 2004] on minor 0
Fire GL built-in AGP-support
Based on agpgart interface v0.99 (c) Jeff Hartmann
agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 439M
agpgart: Detected a VIA KT266 missing the AGPv2 registers, chip might be a VIA KT400 or compatible. (VIA flag)
agpgart: Detected a Via Apollo KT400 chipset in AGP v2 compat mode at 0000:00:00.0
agpgart: Detected Via Apollo KT266/KT266A/KT333 chipset
agpgart: AGP aperture is 128M @ 0xe0000000
Power management callback for AGP chipset installed
[fglrx] AGP detected, AgpState = 0x1f000217 (hardware caps of chipset)
AGP: Found 2 AGPv2 devices
AGP: Doing enable for AGPv2
[fglrx] AGP enabled, AgpCommand = 0x1f000314 (selected caps)
[fglrx] free AGP = 121909248
[fglrx] max AGP = 121909248
[fglrx] free LFB = 122679296
[fglrx] max LFB = 122679296
[fglrx] free Inv = 0
[fglrx] max Inv = 0
[fglrx] total Inv = 0
[fglrx] total TIM = 0
[fglrx] total FB = 0
[fglrx] total AGP = 32768
atkbd.c: Spurious ACK on isa0060/serio0. Some program, like XFree86, might be trying access hardware directly.
Old 08-26-2005, 10:20 AM   #2
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For those that have a similar problem with the Radeon 9600 Pro gfx chip (I have PowerColor board) disabling Fast Writes within the BIOS setup solved my problem. So my theory is this is an issue between my VIA KT333 board, AGPGART, and ATI Radeons.



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