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Re: A reminder of EOL for F8



On Tuesday 17 February 2009 17:27:00 Marc Schwartz wrote:

> Bill,
>
> Is this in a system with multiple GPUs from the same vendor (eg. nVidia)
> or is this a heterogeneous GPU vendor system?

Three Radeon cards, although they're two brands they are pretty much identical:

00:09.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(rev 01)
00:09.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(Secondary) (rev 01)
00:0a.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(rev 01)
00:0a.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(Secondary) (rev 01)
00:0b.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(rev 01)
00:0b.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] 
(Secondary) (rev 01)

> Also, have you tried other distros using live CDs to see if any others
> work for you? Using a live CD makes it easier to check functionality,
> rather than having to go through a full install, blowing away your
> current configuration.

I have a separate install on another disk, and a "chain" entry in GRUB, so the 
install isn't an issue.

> That would include an older release with a prior Xorg version, that is
> still actively supported. Perhaps Ubuntu LTS 8.04, which appears to have
> Xorg 7.3? If that works for you, it will be supported until April 2011.

I'm looking at Lenny with interest, but don't like Debian's packaging system 
(mostly because it lacks "yum search" :o)).

> Given the issues that I have seen across all three GPU companies
> (nVidia, ATI and Intel) of late, I wonder how much of these issues are
> Xorg and how much are the HW drivers, whether closed or open.

As far as I can tell, the movement of drm etc into the kernel seems to be 
causing problems as the cards are not being "soft booted" properly. As of a few 
weeks ago (around Christmas) I was able to start X on a single head if I booted 
with "nomodeset", but after leaving X, the display was blank and I had to load 
the "radeonfb" module by typing blind in order to recover some sort of display. 
The second time, it locked up completely.

Annoyingly, F10 works well on my single-card home system, despite its age. My 
only major issue with it is the KDE4 task list is really, really slow and they 
no longer have the "window list applet" or the "middle click on the background 
for a list of open windows" functionality, at least when I last tried. Maybe 
4.2 will have fixes or replacements.


> Marc



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