[Wine] ATI ready for Linux? Not quite. was: Re: WINE and older games
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Wed Dec 10 16:46:58 CST 2008
On Wed, 10 Dec 2008, English_Mohican wrote:
> I know that up until about 6 month ago, ATI drivers were not considered
> as good as NVidia ones.
> Does anyone have views based on current real data or is it all just the
> collected wisdom of the ages
ATI driver quality certainly has improved recently. However, I just bought
an ATI card and as much as I'd like to recommend ATI (with the fglrx
driver) I cannot.
1) Gaming compatibility in Wine is mediocre at best .
2) 2D support is quite bad . Even konsole/gterm feel slow.
3) Instability is definitely still an issue. For example, while Xine does
not _generally_ crash anymore with fglrx (google for "xine fglrx"), I
experienced more than one system crash when using Xine for video playback.
mplayer looks better but still this doesn't exactly raise confidence.
I tested with both the HD 3200 and HD 3850 chipset and fglrx 8.11.
For older cards that are supported through the "radeon" X driver 2) and 3)
probably do not apply. free3d.org even recommends X800/X850 cards if you
want true OSS spirit. Still no good Wine gaming experience with that
I really hope that things keep improving since I'm definitely not a fan of
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