The nuts and bolts => Hardware & Drivers => Topic started by: martinv on May 22, 2008, 09:25:51 am

Title: ATI Radeon 7000 DRI problem
Post by: martinv on May 22, 2008, 09:25:51 am
Hi, I have a huge problem with ATI Radeon 7000 and VectorLinux5.

The thing is, the Google Documents are running too slow in Firefox browser.

According to this: ...the problem can be solved by enabling XV overlay. To do that my video card must run fully accelerated. ATI proprietary driver FGLRX driver won't work with this card, it's too old.
So I tryed installing DRI. I followed the guidelines from DRI project website (see Everything seemed to bee alright, I was able to run driconf tool.

I tryed running glxgears, just to see the increase in video card perforemance but there  wasn't any increase at all. I got 390fps, before instaling DRI I had the same value. Google Documents were still very very slow in Firefox.

I turned of the 3D acceleration in driconf and the perforemance in glxgears was not 380 - 390fps, but only 50fps + the picture was all messed up. So I think, that DRI worked correctly and it worked even without installing it, it was in the system all the time, without knowing it.

Any of you had the same or similar problem? I found a partial solution. Google Documents are running a little better under Swiftfox.

PS: The card is PCI, PC has two P3-800.
Title: Re: ATI Radeon 7000 DRI problem
Post by: uelsk8s on May 23, 2008, 06:53:49 am
what version of VL are you using?

Unfortunately ATI dropped support for your card with the newer kernels in 5.9
You could theoretically build an earlier kernel and then use the ati drivers I guess
Also there are the opensource radeonHD drivers that are being worked on, But I dont know the status of them.

Title: Re: ATI Radeon 7000 DRI problem
Post by: martinv on May 23, 2008, 07:04:06 am

I just installed Firefox 3.0 release candindate 1 and it's running great! At least 3 times as fast, as Firefox 2.0, when it comes to Google Docs and specialy Google Spreadsheets.

I also repeated install steps from DRI Wiki, this time I didn't installed the agp module and glxinfo says, that direct rendering is enabled. So I guess it's ok now. But it didn't helped with Firefox 2.0 sluggish performance with Google Docs.