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;
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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

RadeonHD Video Driver 1.0.0 Released

RadeonHD video driver version 1.0.0 was announced today on the X.org 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 X.org 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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X.org 7.3 Brings Hotplugging Support

X.Org 7.3 has just been released today after months and months of hard work. X.Org X Server 1.4 is included in this new version which contains the most awaited input hotplugging support function as well as version 1.2 of the RandR extension, which allows for runtime configuration of outputs within X screens.

X.Org 7.3 also comes with a new driver, xf86-video-vermilion and the xf86-video-glide driver which was present only in the monolithic releases. You are now able to configure backlight properties for LCDs, through the RandR extension.

Unfortunately, not all bugs could be fixed in this new version of the X.Org server, therefore the following list of known issues will be fixed in future releases:

  • Multiple PCI domains no longer work on Linux. This has been present since the 1.3 server, at least. It is expected to be fixed on master (to be server 1.5) and a minimal fix may be backported when that happens.
  • Memory leak with GLX pixmaps. This couldn’t get tracked down in time for release.
  • Two-color cursors misrendered on big-endian systems. The problem was not fully understood at the time of release and the interim fix was not included.
  • When the appropriate input driver is not found for static configuration, the server may crash.
  • Server crash with compiz. Reporter didn’t have time to follow up.
  • In traditional (multi-Screen) multihead mode, the cursor may be stuck on one of the heads. This is a bug in evdev which may also exist in other input drivers and will be fixed in upcoming point releases.
  • Bug in libwfb, which arrived too late to make it in.
  • Failure in an error path of the new input code may lead to server crashes during server exit. This should have made it in and was an oversight.

For more information on this new release, please go here.

Download : http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/X11R7.3/
Announcement : http://wiki.x.org/wiki/Releases/7.3