11.3 M6: RadeonHD driver is a bit of a mess

Having trouble with this driver. Using Firefox, pictures on some web
sites get erased on scrolling. Different fault from the 11.2 official
release but as bad.

I thought I saw in here some advice to use the Radeon driver instead. I
understood this came with the 11.3 distribution but I must have
misunderstood because I can see no sign of it.


Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: newsman not newsboy

The radeon driver is included in the xorg-x11-driver-video rpm. Its in the ATI tarball within the src rpm of same name. Type “man radeon”.

You may find it helpful to brush up on some practical graphic theory by reading this: openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

Phoronix reported Novell (SuSE-GmbH) dropping support for radeonhd driver here: [Phoronix] OpenSUSE Says Farewell To RadeonHD Driver](http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODIwOQ)

Further to this , both the radeon and radeonhd drivers in 11.2 were not so good. But the radeon driver in 11.3 is proving to be very good.

On 10/05/10 20:26, oldcpu wrote:
>
> Cloddy;2163558 Wrote:
>> Having trouble with this driver. Using Firefox, pictures on some web
>> sites get erased on scrolling. Different fault from the 11.2 official
>> release but as bad.
>>
>> I thought I saw in here some advice to use the Radeon driver instead.
>> I
>> understood this came with the 11.3 distribution but I must have
>> misunderstood because I can see no sign of it.
>> The radeon driver is included in the xorg-x11-driver-video rpm. Its in
> the ATI tarball within the src rpm of same name. Type “man radeon”.
>
> You may find it helpful to brush up on some practical graphic theory by
> reading this: ‘openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users -
> openSUSE Forums’ (http://tinyurl.com/yfvowa6)
>
> Phoronix reported Novell (SuSE-GmbH) dropping support for radeonhd
> driver here: ‘[Phoronix] OpenSUSE Says Farewell To RadeonHD Driver’
> (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODIwOQ)
>
>

Thanks for that info. Now I must apologise, for it looks as though I
misdiagnosed the problem. As the problem appeared on the same site that
first showed up the problems with the 11.2 RadeonHD driver, I jumped the
gun and assumed the driver was to blame. It now seems that Firefox 3.6.4
is the problem as I’ve no problem with the site on Konqueror - so far.

My graphics card is Radeon HD 2400. From what I can gather, it should
have been configured automatically to use the Radeon driver. As the
RadeonHD driver had been installed, I had assumed that was the one being
used - SAX2 no longer knows about this or just isn’t saying - so how do
I now find out for sure which driver is in use?


Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: “newsman” not “newsboy”

Read this post for guidance: Post#14 - how to determine graphic driver in use

In fact, the entire thread is a good read:
openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

It would be nice if there was an application that wrapped up and provided in a nice presentation all of the information in that thread, but unfortunately that is not the case, and hence one needs to use the individual methods noted to dig out the various information.

On 11/05/10 10:56, oldcpu wrote:
>
> Cloddy;2163786 Wrote:
>> …so how do I now find out for sure which driver is in use?
> Read this post for guidance: 'Post#14 - how to determine graphic driver
> in use ’ (http://forums.opensuse.org/2157771-post14.html)
>
> In fact, the entire thread is a good read:
> ‘openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE
> Forums’ (http://tinyurl.com/yfvowa6)
>
> It would be nice if there was an application that wrapped up and
> provided in a nice presentation all of the information in that thread,
> but unfortunately that is not the case, and hence one needs to use the
> individual methods noted to dig out the various information.
>

After all my fuss, I see I am using the Radeon driver after all. :slight_smile:

I misunderstood the presence of the RadeonHD driver in YAST to mean it
was in use but it seems it is needed in the initial setup. I found that
removing it is not a good idea. :wink:

Looks like I need to make a trip to bugzilla for the apparent Firefox
problem and perhaps another to add a wish for a GUI to present the info
in that list.


Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: “newsman” not “newsboy”