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= Introduction =
 
= Introduction =
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The AMD Proprietary Linux driver, or fglrx is the Linux display driver used for AMD Radeon and FireGL family video adapters.  It contains open source and closed source code.  It can be downloaded at the [http://www.ati.com AMD] website.
  
= TV-Out and the [[AtiProprietaryDriver]] =
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= Version Information =
  
At least you need the fglrx driver from the ATI website, and a videocard that is supported with that driver.
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ATi are currently releasing a new driver update every month. You should always start with the latest version unless you already have a working system, since bug fixes and hardware support are coming thick and fast.
My experiences are with driver revision 8.28.8:
 
*ATI Radeon 9200SE (both composite and S-Video): partially works.
 
*ATI Radeon 9250 (composite): partially works.
 
  
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{{Webpage|amd.com/support/drivers/linux64/radeonprevious-linux64.html|Version history from ATI and older drivers}}
  
ATI proprietary drivers do have a bug in them which makes the combination of VideoOverlaying and TV-Out useless. If you have a display attached to the vga output connector, you will find the VideoOverlay mode fully functional. However when the TV-Out connector is used, you will see the top-half of the actual TV/DVD signal. Disabling this feature in the xorg.conf file (or use OpenGLOverlay instead) gives the whole TV/DVD signal, but may work slowly depending on the overall speed of the system you are using.
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{{Download|support.amd.com/en-us/download/|Download the latest driver from ATI}}
  
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= Displays =
 
== Attaching a computer monitor ==
 
== Attaching a computer monitor ==
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This is assumed knowledge, otherwise check YouTube or another resources for additional help.
  
When having a computer monitor attached, use the following in the 'Device' section of xorg.conf:<br>
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== Attaching a TV==
<code>Option "VideoOverlay" "on"</code><br>
 
<code>Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"</code>
 
  
This will enable VideoOverlaying, thus allowing you to watch TV and DVDs without any problem!
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You need to understand what interface you are using to connect to your TV.  See the list below where HDMI is the most common and the DVI / VGA are most suitable for PC monitors.
Of course it is possible to enable OpenGLOverlay, but the driver will enable either one or the other.
 
Turning both on does not work (strange but true...)
 
  
== Attaching a TV ==
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<gallery caption="Connectors" widths="80px">
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Image:Hdmiconnector.jpg|HDMI digital
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Image:Dviconnector.jpg|DVI digital
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Image:Vgaconnector.jpg|VGA analog
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</gallery>
  
It is possible to attach a TV (using the TV-Out connector), but a bug in the driver makes the VideoOverlay mode useless :-(<br>
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If the basic TV configuration appears correctly, but the image does not fit exactly on your television set, you may need to adjust the so-called [[Overscan]].
Therefor, the only option left (for acceleration) is to use OpenGL. This gives the whole picture during TV or DVD playback,
 
but needs a ''really'' fast box to be usefull. For those willing to give it a try...
 
Use the following in the 'Device' section of xorg.conf:<br>
 
<code>Option "VideoOverlay" "off"</code><br>
 
<code>Option "OpenGLOverlay" "on"</code>
 
  
To use a (wide-screen) TV as monitor, please configure the 'Monitor' section of your xorg.conf to get it working.
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= Configuration =
See [[XorgConfMonitorSectionForTV]].
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There are a couple of different overlays available when using an ATI radeon graphics card
 +
* Video overlay
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** xorg.conf: VideoOverlay
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** VideoOverlay is for < R500 (HD1xxx or 690G) graphics cards. These had video acceleration hardware built into the overlay block.
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* Textured video
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** xorg.conf: TexturedVideo
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** TexturedVideo is for >= R500 graphics cards off, it is primarily for GPUs with the AVIVO display controller, because these don't have the older overlay
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** Also needed when running compiz?
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* OpenGL overlay
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** xorg.conf: OpenGLOverlay
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** OpenGL overlay is never needed for video display, it is for workstation apps which "float" a second layer of display information over the work area. It should be turned off on consumer cards.
 +
** It might be ignored when Video overlay is enabled
  
=== Personal experiences ===
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== Recommendations ==
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The recommended video output driver for all ATI graphics cards is xv (XVideo) to enable (partial) hardware accelerated playback.
  
On my personal (Athlon XP 1800+) mythtv system the TV/DVD playback functions are too slow, even with OpenGLOverlay mode active on the binary drivers. So for normal TV-Out functionality I went to the store and bought a NVidia card instead. My desktop system however (the 2nd mythfrontend :-) still functions perfectly with a ATI Radeon 9200SE. Attached to a monitor and with VideoOverlay active... --[[User:Michel|Michel]] 20:11, 20 November 2006 (UTC)
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=== Radeon <= R400 ===
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Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
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Option "TexturedVideo" "off"
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Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
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=== Radeon >= R500 (HD1xxx/690G or later) ===
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Option "VideoOverlay" "off"
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Option "TexturedVideo" "on"
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Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
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From the console run the following command to enable video vsync
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aticonfig --sync-video=on
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This adds the following to your xorg.conf
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Option "TexturedVideoSync" "on"
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Reports about the effect of this setting seem to indicate it doesn't always work as advertised.
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== References ==
 +
http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=45185#post45185, [http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=24494#post24494], [http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=63712#post63712] bridgman about which overlay to use
  
 
= Common problems and solutions =
 
= Common problems and solutions =
  
== Black-and-White output ==
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== Test image for colors etc ==
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[[Image:Testimage.gif|left|120px|mythTV Test image]]
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''click image to enlarge''
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== Wrong colors ==
 +
To fix:
 +
  It seems Mythtv .21+ can set the Hue to "0". You can set it back (to approx 50%)
 +
  and your color should come back. To do that:
 +
  1. Open MythTV and select Live TV.
 +
  2. Press M to bring up the menus
 +
  3. Arrow down to Adjust Picture then hit right arrow, then arrow down to Hue.
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  4. Press the right arrow to bring up the slider.
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  5. Press the right arrow until it's at approximately 50%, or whatever looks best for your setup.
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  If you press M inside LiveTV and get nothing, (no slider, and it just goes back to Live TV) check
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  to make sure you have the OSD theme installed and selected correctly under the menu in
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  Utilities/Setup > Setup > TV Settings > Playback OSD.
 +
 
 +
== Enabling overlays with tvout ==
 +
ATI proprietary drivers do have a bug in them which makes the combination of VideoOverlaying and TV-Out useless. If you have a display attached to the vga output connector, you will find the VideoOverlay mode fully functional. However when the TV-Out connector is used, you will see the top-half of the actual TV/DVD signal. Disabling this feature in the xorg.conf file (or use OpenGLOverlay instead) gives the whole TV/DVD signal, but may work slowly depending on the overall speed of the system you are using.
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This bug can be worked around by forcing the driver to think that a crt is plugged into the primary, and mirror that onto the secondary (tv). To do this use these options in the device block in you /etx/X11/xorg.conf:
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        Option      "ForceMonitors" "crt1,tv"
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        Option      "NoTV" "no"
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        Option      "OverlayOnCRTC2" "1"
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        Option      "DesktopSetup" "mirror"
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        Option      "TexturedVideo" "on"
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        Option      "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
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More options may be required for you (ie setting pal/ntsc) but these are all the options I have running on my box (mythtv 0.20, ubuntu feisty, radeon 9550).
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This allows you to use the real video overlay on the tv without having the slowdown of opengl or texturedvideo, but it also forces your monitor to use 800x600 if you want one connected, but for myth-only boxes it works well.
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Update: I first used this procedure to get the above ubuntu system working, it was running xorg 7.1 by memory. I've just tried duplicating it with a 9250 on a knoppmyth box running xfree86 and fglrx 8.28.8 and had no luck whatsoever.
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== Tearing/Vsync problem ==
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Video playback with the fglrx driver (and apparently all other ATI drivers) lack Vsync support and thus tearing.  Currently there is no known workaround.  The open source xf8x-video-ati has a non-composting/page-flipping fix, but not in the master branch. 
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== "Checkerboard of Death" ==
 +
 
 +
Current fglrx drivers as of September 2008 8.4 works but 8.5-8.8 have this problem along with other applications such as WINE. The display will decompose into row blocks offset leading to an entirely unusable screen. This may be fixed in the Sept 19, 2008 8.9 driver.
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== Garbled Screens with OpenGL Painter ==
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Insert the following into a startup script so that it is run before mythfrontend:
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<pre>export LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT=true</pre>
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This appears to be unnecessary using the 8.12 driver.
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= External links =
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There is an [http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Main_Page Unofficial ATI Linux driver Wiki], which also has an article about [http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/TV_Out TV-Out] problems and solutions.
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[http://en.opensuse.org/ATI]
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openSUSE ATI page
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[http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11891]
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ATI Explaining the vsync/tearing problem on the Phoronix forums
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[http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12331&highlight=checkerboard]
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A thread on the checkerboard problem
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[http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NjU5NQ]
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The xf86-video-ati-driver with a branch with a tearing fix
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= User experiences =
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[[User:LordTod|LordTod]]
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Working: 2D and 3D, HDTV video is working smooth (HDCP was not tested)
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Partially working: composite TV-Out, only working if I turn of the VGA. This is done by "sudo aticonfig --enable-monitor=tv". To turn the VGA back on (and the tv off) replace "tv" with "crt1"
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Not working: Changing TV-Out functionality in the Catalyst control center. Only working via command-line.
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Not yet tested: all other interfaces: HDMI, S-Video
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Software: Ubuntu 7.10, ATI Catalyst 7.12 (installed with ATI Installer)
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Hardware: Asus M2A-VM HDMI with onboard Radeon X1250, Resolution: 1024x768
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[[User:Michel|Michel]] has experiences are with driver revision 8.28.8:
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*ATI Radeon 9200SE (both composite and S-Video): partially works.
 +
*ATI Radeon 9250 (composite): partially works.
 +
 
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[[User:Moloth|Moloth]] worked on this over the past 7 hours trying to get it to work. Did succeed with ATI X300 + Proprietary Driver + Modified Myth Code [[DViCO_FusionHDTV_DVB-T_Dual_Digital_Installation#ATI_Radeon Here]] Although either the driver or the libmyth change caused unexpected X crashes and segfaults. So I am switching to NVidia Card.
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[[User:jdschwa|jdschwa]] Running Ubuntu Feisty (2.6.20, server+Mythtv, no gnome) fglrx 8.34.8. Radeon X300 using svideo out. The above hack for overlays works great for me.
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[[User:xmeister|xmeister]] 26/1/08
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Graphics : ATI Radeon 9600pro
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TV Card  : Technisat AirStar 2 DVB-T
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CPU      : Intel P4 2.4G
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interface: S-Video
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Very happy to say that using the above settings (under "Enabling overlays with tvout") I finally have a mythtv box in working condition. Believe me I tried nearly every concievable config in my xorg.conf but this finally did it. I still need to do some fine tuning with overscan and some other odds n' ends. For SD the picture is quite acceptable and on a par with a STB I borrowed for testing purposes. Will keep this updated if I encounter any issues but so far things look good. Love your work dude.
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[[User:kvaes|kvaes]] 27/2/08
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OS        : MythBuntu 7.10
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Graphics  : ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 for Asus/M2A-VM (HDMI)
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Interface : S-Video
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TV Card  : BudgetTrend 1500 (with CI/CAM)
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CPU      : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+
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Experienced "lagging video" when playing "LiveTV", but after installing the latest ATI drivers (8.02) everything worked like a charm.
 +
[http://www.kvaes.be/mythtv/the-unofficial-guide-to-getting-your-tv-out-working-on-an-ati-x1250/ How I did it...]
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[[User:richolm|richolm]] 26/5/08
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OS        : MythBuntu 8.04
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Graphics  : ATI Radeon X600
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Interface : DVI
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TV Card  : 2x Hauppauge Nova-T PCI and 1x Nova-T 500
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CPU      : Intel P4 2.8 Dual Core
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Installed Ati driver 8.4, after install video was very jittery, applying the overlay fix in xorg.conf did the trick, quality is the best I've had so far in Mythtv
  
For users experiencing black-and-white TV output: please verify if the TVFormat option is set to the one valid for your country. All ATI cards I have seen default to the American TVStandard 'NTSC'. For a mythtv box in the Netherlands use the following option in the Device section in xorg.conf:<br>
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Enabling TexturedVideo and TexturedXRender in xorg.conf results in near-excellent video playback quality on the 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD with the 8.x Catalyst drivers. There is a very faint and very occasional tearing still present, though. This card has VIVO and I tested the three types of TV-out on my CRT TV. The TV geometry was properly set up in all three cases and image quality was excellent with no tearing evident.
<code>Option "TVFormat" "PAL-B"</code>
 
  
== TV-OUT ISSUES ==
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[[User:nseidm1|nseidm1]] 22/6/09
[[Image:important.png|left|30px|]]
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OS        : Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) amd64
'''TV-OUT ISSUES:''' still some issues with the 8.33.6 driver and myth 0.20 - will update this when finished.
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Graphics  : ATi Radeon Integrated 3300HD
check current state of my research on[[Image:moosy.gif]]by clicking [http://moosy.blogspot.com/2007/01/ati-overlay-surface-tv-out.html here]
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Interface : DVI to HDMI
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TV card  : Firewire from a Scientific Atlantic 4250HD
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CPU      : Phenom x4 9650
  
== wrong colors ==
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With current binary drivers from ATI (Version 9.6) OpenGL and XV work fine. You have to configure Xorg properly or the CPU and GPU requirements of the fglrx driver cause substantial system instability to lock the system predictably. Use the textured video option only, and turn video and opengl overlays off. Make sure you use the correct driver for your chipset, I got confused at first between the Radeon 33xx HD and the embedded Radeon 3300HD. Overall there is excellent support for the MythTV .21 and the ATI binary drivers. [http://www.bgevolution.com/blog/ubuntu-mac-tiger-windows-xp-and-mythtv-on-the-same-desktop/ Heres a screenshot of my desktop environment] which is extremely stable at the moment.
Until at least fglrx-8.33.6 there are wrong colors with xv playback, E.g. faces look blue. In '''libs/libmythtv/videoout_xv.cpp''' you can uncomment
 
#define USE_ATI_PROPRIETARY_DRIVER_XVIDEO_HACK
 
  
 
[[Category:Video display cards]]
 
[[Category:Video display cards]]
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[[Category:Driver]]
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[[Category:HOWTO]]
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[[Category:Hardware]]

Latest revision as of 07:47, 28 October 2017

Time.png Outdated: Needs modernizing to modern outputs / driver versions

Introduction

The AMD Proprietary Linux driver, or fglrx is the Linux display driver used for AMD Radeon and FireGL family video adapters. It contains open source and closed source code. It can be downloaded at the AMD website.

Version Information

ATi are currently releasing a new driver update every month. You should always start with the latest version unless you already have a working system, since bug fixes and hardware support are coming thick and fast.

Webpage.png - Version history from ATI and older drivers

Download.png - Download the latest driver from ATI

Displays

Attaching a computer monitor

This is assumed knowledge, otherwise check YouTube or another resources for additional help.

Attaching a TV

You need to understand what interface you are using to connect to your TV. See the list below where HDMI is the most common and the DVI / VGA are most suitable for PC monitors.

If the basic TV configuration appears correctly, but the image does not fit exactly on your television set, you may need to adjust the so-called Overscan.

Configuration

There are a couple of different overlays available when using an ATI radeon graphics card

  • Video overlay
    • xorg.conf: VideoOverlay
    • VideoOverlay is for < R500 (HD1xxx or 690G) graphics cards. These had video acceleration hardware built into the overlay block.
  • Textured video
    • xorg.conf: TexturedVideo
    • TexturedVideo is for >= R500 graphics cards off, it is primarily for GPUs with the AVIVO display controller, because these don't have the older overlay
    • Also needed when running compiz?
  • OpenGL overlay
    • xorg.conf: OpenGLOverlay
    • OpenGL overlay is never needed for video display, it is for workstation apps which "float" a second layer of display information over the work area. It should be turned off on consumer cards.
    • It might be ignored when Video overlay is enabled

Recommendations

The recommended video output driver for all ATI graphics cards is xv (XVideo) to enable (partial) hardware accelerated playback.

Radeon <= R400

Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
Option "TexturedVideo" "off"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"

Radeon >= R500 (HD1xxx/690G or later)

Option "VideoOverlay" "off"
Option "TexturedVideo" "on"
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"

From the console run the following command to enable video vsync

aticonfig --sync-video=on

This adds the following to your xorg.conf

Option "TexturedVideoSync" "on"

Reports about the effect of this setting seem to indicate it doesn't always work as advertised.

References

http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=45185#post45185, [1], [2] bridgman about which overlay to use

Common problems and solutions

Test image for colors etc

mythTV Test image

click image to enlarge




Wrong colors

To fix:

 It seems Mythtv .21+ can set the Hue to "0". You can set it back (to approx 50%)
 and your color should come back. To do that:
  1. Open MythTV and select Live TV.
  2. Press M to bring up the menus
  3. Arrow down to Adjust Picture then hit right arrow, then arrow down to Hue.
  4. Press the right arrow to bring up the slider.
  5. Press the right arrow until it's at approximately 50%, or whatever looks best for your setup. 
 If you press M inside LiveTV and get nothing, (no slider, and it just goes back to Live TV) check
 to make sure you have the OSD theme installed and selected correctly under the menu in
 Utilities/Setup > Setup > TV Settings > Playback OSD.

Enabling overlays with tvout

ATI proprietary drivers do have a bug in them which makes the combination of VideoOverlaying and TV-Out useless. If you have a display attached to the vga output connector, you will find the VideoOverlay mode fully functional. However when the TV-Out connector is used, you will see the top-half of the actual TV/DVD signal. Disabling this feature in the xorg.conf file (or use OpenGLOverlay instead) gives the whole TV/DVD signal, but may work slowly depending on the overall speed of the system you are using.

This bug can be worked around by forcing the driver to think that a crt is plugged into the primary, and mirror that onto the secondary (tv). To do this use these options in the device block in you /etx/X11/xorg.conf:

       Option      "ForceMonitors" "crt1,tv"
       Option      "NoTV" "no"
       Option      "OverlayOnCRTC2" "1"
       Option      "DesktopSetup" "mirror"
       Option      "TexturedVideo" "on"
       Option      "OpenGLOverlay" "off"

More options may be required for you (ie setting pal/ntsc) but these are all the options I have running on my box (mythtv 0.20, ubuntu feisty, radeon 9550). This allows you to use the real video overlay on the tv without having the slowdown of opengl or texturedvideo, but it also forces your monitor to use 800x600 if you want one connected, but for myth-only boxes it works well.

Update: I first used this procedure to get the above ubuntu system working, it was running xorg 7.1 by memory. I've just tried duplicating it with a 9250 on a knoppmyth box running xfree86 and fglrx 8.28.8 and had no luck whatsoever.

Tearing/Vsync problem

Video playback with the fglrx driver (and apparently all other ATI drivers) lack Vsync support and thus tearing. Currently there is no known workaround. The open source xf8x-video-ati has a non-composting/page-flipping fix, but not in the master branch.


"Checkerboard of Death"

Current fglrx drivers as of September 2008 8.4 works but 8.5-8.8 have this problem along with other applications such as WINE. The display will decompose into row blocks offset leading to an entirely unusable screen. This may be fixed in the Sept 19, 2008 8.9 driver.

Garbled Screens with OpenGL Painter

Insert the following into a startup script so that it is run before mythfrontend:

export LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT=true

This appears to be unnecessary using the 8.12 driver.

External links

There is an Unofficial ATI Linux driver Wiki, which also has an article about TV-Out problems and solutions.

[3] openSUSE ATI page

[4] ATI Explaining the vsync/tearing problem on the Phoronix forums

[5] A thread on the checkerboard problem

[6] The xf86-video-ati-driver with a branch with a tearing fix

User experiences

LordTod

Working: 2D and 3D, HDTV video is working smooth (HDCP was not tested)

Partially working: composite TV-Out, only working if I turn of the VGA. This is done by "sudo aticonfig --enable-monitor=tv". To turn the VGA back on (and the tv off) replace "tv" with "crt1"

Not working: Changing TV-Out functionality in the Catalyst control center. Only working via command-line.

Not yet tested: all other interfaces: HDMI, S-Video

Software: Ubuntu 7.10, ATI Catalyst 7.12 (installed with ATI Installer)

Hardware: Asus M2A-VM HDMI with onboard Radeon X1250, Resolution: 1024x768

Michel has experiences are with driver revision 8.28.8:

  • ATI Radeon 9200SE (both composite and S-Video): partially works.
  • ATI Radeon 9250 (composite): partially works.

Moloth worked on this over the past 7 hours trying to get it to work. Did succeed with ATI X300 + Proprietary Driver + Modified Myth Code DViCO_FusionHDTV_DVB-T_Dual_Digital_Installation#ATI_Radeon Here Although either the driver or the libmyth change caused unexpected X crashes and segfaults. So I am switching to NVidia Card.

jdschwa Running Ubuntu Feisty (2.6.20, server+Mythtv, no gnome) fglrx 8.34.8. Radeon X300 using svideo out. The above hack for overlays works great for me.

xmeister 26/1/08 Graphics : ATI Radeon 9600pro TV Card  : Technisat AirStar 2 DVB-T CPU  : Intel P4 2.4G interface: S-Video Very happy to say that using the above settings (under "Enabling overlays with tvout") I finally have a mythtv box in working condition. Believe me I tried nearly every concievable config in my xorg.conf but this finally did it. I still need to do some fine tuning with overscan and some other odds n' ends. For SD the picture is quite acceptable and on a par with a STB I borrowed for testing purposes. Will keep this updated if I encounter any issues but so far things look good. Love your work dude.

kvaes 27/2/08 OS  : MythBuntu 7.10 Graphics  : ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 for Asus/M2A-VM (HDMI) Interface : S-Video TV Card  : BudgetTrend 1500 (with CI/CAM) CPU  : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3500+ Experienced "lagging video" when playing "LiveTV", but after installing the latest ATI drivers (8.02) everything worked like a charm. How I did it...

richolm 26/5/08 OS  : MythBuntu 8.04 Graphics  : ATI Radeon X600 Interface : DVI TV Card  : 2x Hauppauge Nova-T PCI and 1x Nova-T 500 CPU  : Intel P4 2.8 Dual Core

Installed Ati driver 8.4, after install video was very jittery, applying the overlay fix in xorg.conf did the trick, quality is the best I've had so far in Mythtv

Enabling TexturedVideo and TexturedXRender in xorg.conf results in near-excellent video playback quality on the 20.1" 1600x1200 LCD with the 8.x Catalyst drivers. There is a very faint and very occasional tearing still present, though. This card has VIVO and I tested the three types of TV-out on my CRT TV. The TV geometry was properly set up in all three cases and image quality was excellent with no tearing evident.

nseidm1 22/6/09 OS  : Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) amd64 Graphics  : ATi Radeon Integrated 3300HD Interface : DVI to HDMI TV card  : Firewire from a Scientific Atlantic 4250HD CPU  : Phenom x4 9650

With current binary drivers from ATI (Version 9.6) OpenGL and XV work fine. You have to configure Xorg properly or the CPU and GPU requirements of the fglrx driver cause substantial system instability to lock the system predictably. Use the textured video option only, and turn video and opengl overlays off. Make sure you use the correct driver for your chipset, I got confused at first between the Radeon 33xx HD and the embedded Radeon 3300HD. Overall there is excellent support for the MythTV .21 and the ATI binary drivers. Heres a screenshot of my desktop environment which is extremely stable at the moment.