ATI Linux Display Driver 8.2 : Fixes X Server Bugs

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night, for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release fixes some important X server bugs, such as:

  1. The X server no longer crashes if the screen resolution is changed in horizontal or vertical desktop setup with a monitor that does not support DDC;
  2. The X server no longer segfaults or fails to initialize DRI if a BusID was specified in an unexpected format in xorg.conf;
  3. The X server no longer freezes on shutdown if atieventsd is running;
  4. The first OpenGL application run after starting a session on X server version 1.4 no longer hangs.

Known issues of this release:

  • On workstation hardware 3D applications will be corrupted if the screen width is not an integer multiple of 64 pixels, for example with a 1680×1050 wide screen display;
  • There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode;
  • Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode; Read the rest of this entry »

nVIDIA Linux Display Driver 169.09 Released

Nvidia Linux Display Driver version 169.09 release, whichis actually more like a patch for that wicked 100% fan speed bug encountered in all GeForce 8 cards. This bug was introduced in the previous release!

Release Highlights

  • Fixed a problem causing the fan on some GPUs to always run at full speed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the X driver to crash if the X.Org GLX extension module was loaded intead of NVIDIA’s.
  • Improved the X driver’s awareness of the current notebook docking status.
  • Fixed brightness control on HP Compaq notebooks.
  • Fixed a bug in the Linux/i2c algorithm driver implementation that prevented core transfer types from succeeding.

As you can see, this new driver fixes another important bug which caused a crash if the GLX extension module was loaded instead of NVIDIA’s one. Moreover, the brightness control for HP Compaq laptops is fixed now.

Download : Linux Display Driver

Nvidia Linux Display Driver 169.0 Released!

Nvidia Linux Display Driver version 169.07 was released yesterday. If you own a GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GTS 512 or 8800M graphics card, you should know that this driver offers support for them.

The highlists of this release are:

  • Added CUDA driver to .run file.
  • Improved modesetting support on Quadro/GeForce 8 series GPUs.
  • Fixed several X rendering issues.
  • Fixed problems scrolling ARGB X drawables in Qt. Read the rest of this entry »

RadeonHD Video Driver 1.0.0 Released

RadeonHD video driver version 1.0.0 was announced today on the Foundation website. Luc Verhagen, from Novel says:”We still have some open bugs which will require some further investigation. But no release will ever be perfect, and our early adopters are reporting far less issues already, so we feel that our driver is good enough to be tagged as a proper release. This way, a wider public will start to use our driver, and further issues can be discovered and fixed.”..RadeonHD is also known as xf86-video-radeonhd and it’s an video driver for R500 and newer ATI graphics devices. It is being developed by Novell for AMD.

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ATI Catalyst 7.11 Linux Released!

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release is a bit special, as it includes support for Ubuntu 7.10. Moreover, starting with this version, the ATI Catalyst software suite does not support the Linux kernel 2.4, XFree86 4.3 software and workstation hardware.

Issues resolved in this release:

  • Launching a new terminal un RHEL5 32bit version no longer results in inconsistent background colors appearing each time the window is minimized and maximized
  • The kernel module is now working on kernel version 2.6.23
  • An error message no longer appears during installation if dash is used as /bin/sh

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NVIDIA 100.14.19 Linux Display Driver Released!

Nvidia released a new version of its video driver for the Linux operating system. Besides the fact that this release contains support for some interesting GPUs, it also comes with improved GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap out-of-memory handling for every Linux customer that uses Compiz Fusion or Beryl on his/her desktop. Without any further introduction, let’s have a look at the highlights:

  • Added support for new GPUs:
  1. Quadro FX 290
  2. Quadro FX 370
  3. Quadro FX 570
  4. Quadro FX 1700
  • Improved GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap out-of-memory
  • handling.
  • Fixed performance regression on GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Added support for a ‘NoScanout’ mode to the X driver, useful for high performance computing environments and remote graphics; please see the ‘UseDisplayDevice’ option description for details.
  • Improved power management support with GeForce 8 and older GPUs.
  • Improved compatibility with recent X.Org X servers.
  • Improved G-Sync support with Quadro FX 4600 and Quadro FX 5600.
  • Added XV brightness and contrast controls to the GeForce 8 video texture adapter implementation.
  • Further improved interaction with ATi RS480/482 based mainboards.
  • Fixed stability problems with some GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Fixed XvMC support on GeForce 7050 PV / NVIDIA nForce 630a GPUs with PureVideo support.
  • Added support for bridgeless SLI with GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Fixed rotation support on some GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Fixed problem causing X to render incorrectly after VT switches with composited desktops.
  • Fixed a RENDER acceleration bug that was causing 2D rendering corruption in Eclipse with GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Improved VGA console restoration with DFPs and TVs.
  • Fixed bug that resulted in the generation of incorrect EDIDs on some notebooks.
  • Fixed flickering corruption with SLIAA on GeForce 8 GPUs.
  • Improved compatibility with recent Linux 2.6 kernels.
  • Fixed compatibility problem with some Linux 2.4 kernels.
  • Improved hotkey switching support.
  • Fixed ‘nvidia-installer’ bug that was causing the installer to treat some of its temporary files as conflicting.
  • Fixed several problems causing crashes if /dev is mounted with the ‘noexec’ option.
  • Reduced kernel virtual memory usage with some GeForce 8 GPUs

As you’ve probably noticed from the above highlights, the new video driver from Nvidia brings improved support for X.Org 7.3 and for the Linux kernel 2.6.23.

Download: Unix Drivers Portal Page | i386 | AMD 64/Em6t

ATI/AMD 8.41.7 Display Driver Released

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released last night for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release is a bit special, as it is recommended to be used exclusively on ATI Radeon HD 2000 family. Moreover, AMD suggests to distributors to use the previous version (8.40.4) for distribution packages. Now the good news: this version includes major improvements in the OpenGL performance on a large variety of ATI Radeon video cards for OpenGL consumer based games, such as Doom 3 and Quake 4.

Issues resolved in this release:

  • The TV-out size and position now
  • Supports adjustments on systems running Linux and containing an ATI Radeon X1900 or higher product.
  • Running HP CAT on 64 no longer results in a BAM hang.
  • X server no longer fails to respond when a DFP display device is connected to the secondary port.

Known issues of this release

  • Corruption may be observed with certain applications on some Linux distributions which enable the Composite extension by default, e.g., RHEL 5. If you notice some application corruption, please disable the Composite extension.
  • Using the xgl enabled x-server interface disables display switching hot plug support
  • There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode.
  • Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video when using dual-display mode.
  • A black screen may be observed on some hardware when switching to the console or leaving the X window system when a Vesa framebuffer console driver is used.
  • Various error messages may appear during RPM installation under SuSE 10.2.
  • The display may go blank with clone/dual/horizontal mode configured or switching VT on systems containing an ATI Radeon 9800 XT product.

In order to gain the best performance and ease of use, ATI/AMD recommends the following:

  • Kernel module build environment – should include the following: Kernel source code: either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
  • ISSE Support enabled in your Linux Kernel (applies to Intel Pentium III and later CPUs only; enabled by default on version 2.4 and later kernels)
  • The rpm utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you intend to install it via RPM packages;


  • XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1 or 7.2; XFree86 version 4.3
  • Linux kernel 2.4 or higher
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
  • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications

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