problem with radeon driver

Hi guys. I’m new to OpenSuse. Just installed it in my laptop… Overall a great distro, i’m just getting trouble with some video aspects.

I’m currently using the open-source radeon drivers. However, I can’t activate desktop effects (ok…) and video playback looks choppy (sucks, i get like 3 fps). I’ve already tried some solutions, like installing fglrx driver (which makes my X system buggy) and trying to manually enabling DRI in xorg.conf (which didn’t work :frowning: dunno why). Could you please gimme a hand in this?

My laptop GPU is an ATI Mobility HD5650.
Currently running OpenSuse 11.3 using KDE Desktop and radeon drivers.

Here’s some of the result from my glxinfo (using auto-configured xorg, i.e., no xorg.conf):
name of display: :0.0
display: :0 screen: 0
direct rendering: No
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.4
client glx vendor string: Mesa Project and SGI
client glx version string: 1.4
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa Project
OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer
OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1 Mesa 7.8.2)

I think if you search on our forum you will find other ATI radeon 5650 users encountering the same. The proprietary ATI 10.7 catalyst driver still does not work well with 2.6.33/2.6.34 kernels with 1.8.0 xorg server. And the open source radeon driver also does not have high performance with the 5650. … You likely need to wait for both a new opensource radeon driver and a new proprietary ATI driver (where updates to the ATI proprietary driver typically come out once/month).

You could do a search on the radeon 5650 on our forum to see if any other users have found a work around to improve performance.

Ok, i suspected it was some compatibility issue. Very well, I will try to find some workaround and wait for driver updates. Thanks for the help :slight_smile:

Hi , I looked for the solution of this issue for a while and finally got it resolved.
I have a laptop with ATI Radeon HD5650 graphic card. I installed openSUSE with Gnome ( Ubuntu and KDE was giving me more headache ). I recently downloaded the latest driver from ATI web and installed it to my laptop following the instructions here SUSE/openSUSE - , which is the unofficial linux amd community. You can skip the first step if you download the latest driver from .

And after installing this driver, I can have openGL 2.0 ready which is needed in my projects.