[Wine] Wine & ATI

Daniel Kasak daniel.kasak at 247realmedia.com
Thu Aug 21 20:24:18 CDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-08-21 at 07:01 -0500, HailandKill wrote:

> enabling dri - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/RadeonXpress
> This on the whole has better performance. Videos work brilliant and wine doesn't crash, hazaa!
> But, should Diablo II have unplayable framerates on this laptop when using D3D?
> So, as summary I have two questions:
> 1) fglrx - seeing the problems I'm coming across is it actually worth trying to get it to work for a performance increase over the open source drivers. If so do I have to downgrade some software versions?
> 2) If I'm going to use the open source drivers are there any general performance tips for wine, I can only find tips on how to make WoW run better....

I'm having trouble finding time to play with wine & games recently, and
also I haven't bothered with fglrx for over a year, but I can tell you
that if you want to use the open-source drivers, you should closely
track the latest driver developments. I would personally build
xf86-video-ati and mesa from the latest git sources. Alternatively you
can try to find someone's binary packages if they update them recently.
In particular, there is some discussion in the mesa list:

>> Also, if I can finish my work in the next few days, we'll have
>> GL_EXT_fog_coord in the r300 driver, which means we can bump its
>> GL_VERSION to 1.4, which is a big step in Wine compatibility.

So you'd want to watch for when this lands.

I can't help you with uninstalling Ubuntu's ATI drivers and building
your own. I use Gentoo and I don't want to help you break your Ubuntu.

As for performance, there are some options that you can set with driconf
that can improve performance, but you'll have to search around somewhat
to find exactly what option for what app. You can also use sysprof to
profile your system and hassle wine / mesa devs with pretty output
graphs :) This approach actually did wonders for me with an integrated
Intel video chip on my old PC - Intel devs did a simple patch that
doubled 2D performance. Cool.

Lastly, if you try to run Cedega or Crossover ( but not native wine ),
keep in mind that you'll need 32-bit binaries of your drivers, otherwise
you'll get software rendering. fglrx includes 32-bit binaries, but I
haven't yet figured out how to build 32-bit binaries on my
( non-multilib ) 64-bit Gentoo system.


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