Hello everyone, My name is Mark and I’m new in this community, the reason I write is to help those who had the same problem like me with an ATI Direct X9 video card and 3D Acceleration.
I used to have openSuse 11.1 since January and got no problems at all. then I got excited about the new release of Suse and I decided to download it and try. My surprise? … mmm w8 why the Ati homepage only provides me 9.3 catalyst driver which I already have and throw me errors?
Then I discovered something that made me really hate ATI and not buying anything again with their chips:
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ATI Catalyst Linux 9.4 driver
Release date: April 17, 2009
The following products have been moved to the legacy software support structure (including Mobile and All-in-Wonder Variants):
* ATI Radeon 9500 Series * ATI Radeon 9550 Series * ATI Radeon 9600 Series * ATI Radeon 9700 Series * ATI Radeon 9800 Series * ATI Radeon X300 Series * ATI Radeon X550 Series * ATI Radeon X600 Series * ATI Radeon X700 Series * ATI Radeon X800 Series * ATI Radeon X850 Series * ATI Radeon X1050 Series * ATI Radeon X1200 Series * ATI Radeon X1250 Series * ATI Radeon X1300 Series * ATI Radeon X1400 Series * ATI Radeon X1550 Series * ATI Radeon X1600 Series * ATI Radeon X1650 Series * ATI Radeon X1800 Series * ATI Radeon X1900 Series * ATI Radeon Xpress Series * ATI Radeon X2100 Series
source: Catalyst 9.4 - cchtml.com
In few words: If you have a DirectX9 video card you are screwed up >.<…
So basically If any of you have a video card listed there like me ATI will no longer provide you a new driver for your 3d opensuse 11.2 desktop.
And my point is: When I was most desperate I realized the dumbest thing on earth (really :shame:) I had already installed and configured a version of RadeonHD driver with 3D support LOL (Before trying to download 80mb from ATI homepage check if you have it in my description below). Thanks for the great work of novell programmers and “collaboration of ati (still hate them because I love my x1300pro 512mb card and it’s not old or slow >:( )” we have access to the lastest “RADEON HD” free driver in the opensuse 11.2 distro, you can check that you really have 3D support in many cards by simply entering in a console and writing:
if you use glxinfo on console too you will see something like this:
**OpenGL vendor string: DRI R300 Project
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI R300 (RV515 7142) 20090101 TCL
OpenGL version string: 1.5 Mesa 7.6 **
then type the following command to prove you have 3D acceleration (Even if simple-cssm says that you don’t):
You will see the basic 3D engines and therefore can use Compiz Fusion and “some” 3D games.
So basically if you were as desperate as me trying to get the **** ATI 9.10 driver like I was Don’t, you can try compiz and all their effects with the RadeonHD driver.
OK Finally (sorry for wall-text) my latests recommendations to make compiz work smooth as usual is to download fusion-icon from XGL repositories (which are listed on community repositories and on web-page right here) and emerald + themes from wherever you can grab them (I couldn’t find them via suse repositories so I used zypper and some extra repositories but I’m not sure if they aren’t already in suse repositories xD, later I’ll tell you which) and make it an autostart application as usual, Fusion-icon will load compiz and emerald very quick and fail proof at the beginning of the session, here it’s my desktop working:
As you can see I have a virtualbox with XP and compiz effects and have no problems at all (I can use photoshop without problems), also the RadeonHD drivers really supports compiz fusion video playbacks without the crashes that the ATI driver used to give me all time, and also I noticed a HUGE performance with those drivers too, so basically don’t go panic and try to buy a new card if you don’t have the cash or the need like I did, just try RadeonHD driver and see if it fits as good as it did on my desktop
Sorry for the looooong post but all I wanted to do was to help as I saw a lot of new users like me asking the same question here on forum.
PS I don’t know the performance of such driver on games but I really don’t play games for a while in my pc, I’m basically a java programmer and learning website development so I don’t need games and won’t try them in my pc, sorry xD. However I can really assure you that the Video performance is WAY TOO FAST AND STABLE (not compared at all with the ugly 9.3 Ati driver which crashed all the time I had compiz and videos at the same time).