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= Introduction =
 
= Introduction =
The ATI/AMD Proprietary Linux driver, or fglrx is the name of the Linux display driver used for ATI Radeon and FireGL family video adapters It contains open source and closed source parts.
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The AMD Proprietary Linux driver, or fglrx is the Linux display driver used for AMD Radeon and FireGL family video adaptersIt contains open source and closed source code. It can be downloaded at the [http://www.ati.com AMD] website.
It can be downloaded from the [http://www.ati.com AMD] website.
 
 
 
ATI cards are not recommended at this point in time. ATI currently does not support running MythTV on their hardware, and have no timeline for when this might change. See http://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID=26907 for more information.
 
  
 
= Version Information =
 
= Version Information =
{{VersionNote
 
|8.40.4
 
|Released on 8th August 2007
 
TV out functionality is now available under the Linux operating system for ATI graphics cards that support TV Out (S-video, composite, and component video). The feature is part of the Catalyst Control Center LE and will provide a users with a variety of TV out adjustments.
 
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{{VersionNote
 
|8.39.4
 
|Released on 19th July 2007
 
Fixes, no new features
 
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{{VersionNote
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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.
|8.38.6
 
|Released on 25th June 2007
 
RedHat support and big fixes
 
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{{VersionNote
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{{Webpage|amd.com/support/drivers/linux64/radeonprevious-linux64.html|Version history from ATI and older drivers}}
|8.37.6
 
|Released on 29th May 2007
 
Catalyst™ Control Center version 1.0, bug fixes
 
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{{VersionNote
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{{Download|support.amd.com/en-us/download/|Download the latest driver from ATI}}
|8.36.5
 
|Released on 18th April 2007
 
Support for 2.6.20, additional languages for Catalyst Control Centre v0.9
 
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= Displays =
|8.35.5
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== Attaching a computer monitor ==
|Released on 28th March 2007
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This is assumed knowledge, otherwise check YouTube or another resources for additional help.
Beta version of the AMD Catalyst Control Centre: Linux Edition to replace the FireGL Control panel.
 
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{{VersionNote
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== Attaching a TV==
|8.34.8
 
|Released on 21th February 2007
 
It adds support for the ATI Xpress™ 1250 IGP for AMD based motherboards.
 
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{{VersionNote
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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.
|8.33.6
 
|Released on 10th January 2007
 
It adds support for X.Org 7.2 and Linux Kernel 2.6.19.
 
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{{VersionNote
 
|8.32.5
 
|Released on 13th December 2006
 
It adds support for the ATI Radeon® X1650 and X.Org 7.2 RC2.
 
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{{Download|ati.amd.com/support/driver.html|Download the latest driver from ATI}}
 
 
 
= TV-Out =
 
 
 
Check if your card is supported by the driver (read the release notes). Also check the specs of your card, some integrated ATI cards do not support dual screen, so it's either your monitor or your tv but not both.
 
 
 
You need to userstand what interface you are using to connect to your TV.  
 
See the list below..from the digital HDMI standard (best quality) to the analog Composite standard (lowest quality)
 
more about this: [[Highly_Technical_Details]]
 
  
 
<gallery caption="Connectors" widths="80px">
 
<gallery caption="Connectors" widths="80px">
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Image:Dviconnector.jpg|DVI digital
 
Image:Dviconnector.jpg|DVI digital
 
Image:Vgaconnector.jpg|VGA analog
 
Image:Vgaconnector.jpg|VGA analog
Image:Componentconnector.jpg|Component analog
 
Image:Svideoconnector.png|S-Video analog
 
Image:Compositeconnector.jpg|Composite analog
 
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
  
== Attaching a computer monitor ==
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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]].
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= Configuration =
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There are a couple of different overlays available when using an ATI radeon graphics card
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* 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.
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** It might be ignored when Video overlay is enabled
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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.
  
When having a computer monitor attached, use the following in the 'Device' section of xorg.conf:<br>
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=== Radeon <= R400 ===
 
  Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
 
  Option "VideoOverlay" "on"
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Option "TexturedVideo" "off"
 
  Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
 
  Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
  
This will enable VideoOverlaying, thus allowing you to watch TV and DVDs without any problem!
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=== Radeon >= R500 (HD1xxx/690G or later) ===
Of course it is possible to enable OpenGLOverlay, but the driver will enable either one or the other.
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Option "VideoOverlay" "off"
Turning both on does not work (strange but true...)
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Option "TexturedVideo" "on"
 
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Option "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
== Attaching a TV ==
 
  
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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From the console run the following command to enable video vsync
Therefor, the only option left (for acceleration) is to use OpenGL. This gives the whole picture during TV or DVD playback,
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aticonfig --sync-video=on
but needs a ''really'' fast box to be usefull. For those willing to give it a try...
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This adds the following to your xorg.conf
Use the following in the 'Device' section of xorg.conf:<br>
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  Option "TexturedVideoSync" "on"
  Option "VideoOverlay" "off"
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Reports about the effect of this setting seem to indicate it doesn't always work as advertised.
Option "OpenGLOverlay" "on"
 
  
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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== References ==
See [[XorgConfMonitorSectionForTV]].
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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 =
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== Black-and-White output ==
 
 
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>
 
Option "TVFormat" "PAL-B"
 
 
Note that this can also happen because your TVout card has a physical jumper on it that's set wrong; sometimes (as on the Sapphire brand Radeon cards) this jumper is not labeled nor called out in the documentation.
 
  
 
== Wrong colors ==
 
== Wrong colors ==
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
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To fix:
#define USE_ATI_PROPRIETARY_DRIVER_XVIDEO_HACK
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  It seems Mythtv .21+ can set the Hue to "0". You can set it back (to approx 50%)
 
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  and your color should come back. To do that:
Confirmed blue "smurf" vision: fglrx-8.34.8. (Radeon X1950 Series / Ubuntu 7.04)
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  1. Open MythTV and select Live TV.
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  2. Press M to bring up the menus
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  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 ==
 
== Enabling overlays with tvout ==
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         Option      "OverlayOnCRTC2" "1"
 
         Option      "OverlayOnCRTC2" "1"
 
         Option      "DesktopSetup" "mirror"
 
         Option      "DesktopSetup" "mirror"
         Option      "VideoOverlay" "on"
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         Option      "TexturedVideo" "on"
 
         Option      "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
 
         Option      "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
  
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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.
 
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" ==
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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
  
 
= User experiences =
 
= 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
  
 
[[User:Michel|Michel]] has experiences are with driver revision 8.28.8:
 
[[User:Michel|Michel]] has experiences are with driver revision 8.28.8:
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*ATI Radeon 9250 (composite): partially works.
 
*ATI Radeon 9250 (composite): partially works.
  
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 the ATI Radeon 9250. Attached to a monitor and with VideoOverlay active...  
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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.
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[http://www.kvaes.be/mythtv/the-unofficial-guide-to-getting-your-tv-out-working-on-an-ati-x1250/ How I did it...]
  
[[User:Moosylog|Moosylog]] worked with the ATI driver for more than two years. First did research on XGL / compiz and ATI and later got involved in the TV-OUT thing. In feb 2007 moosy gave up and switched to nvidia because of the [http://moosy.blogspot.com/2007/01/ati-overlay-surface-tv-out.html buggy tv-out support] from ati/amd.
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[[User:richolm|richolm]] 26/5/08
The TV-Out experience ends at version 8.33.6 on a ATI Radeon Xpress 200 (on board): partially works, frustrated, switched to Nvidia, [http://moosy.blogspot.com/2007/02/nvidia-for-mythtv.html read more]
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OS        : MythBuntu 8.04
Also check the user comments on [http://moosy.blogspot.com/2007/01/campaign-started.html this] blog post about ATI and [http://moosy.blogspot.com/2007/02/nvidia-for-mythtv.html this one]
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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
  
[[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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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
  
[[User:Zhapp|zhapp]] tried mplayer with fglrx 8.37.6 running on debian etch (2.6.18) with a Radeon 9800Pro. I used the xorg.conf-settings from "Enabling overlays with tvout" which made TV-out and XV work without any cropping or other artifacts. Will try MythTV in a near future.
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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.
  
[[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:nseidm1|nseidm1]] 22/6/09
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OS        : Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) amd64
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Graphics  : ATi Radeon Integrated 3300HD
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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
  
[[User:Baylink|Baylink]] 03:01, 12 August 2007 (UTC) is using 8.36.5 from the ATI yast repo on SuSE 10.2 with the default 7.1.99 (7.2 RC) Xorg. I had the bug, NO_XV=1 mythfrontend proved it, the hack above solved it; nice work, dude. My card is a Sapphire Radeon (Mobility) 9600. The jumper on that card, BTW, is NTSC/PAL (mine came jumpered the wrong way).
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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.
  
 
[[Category:Video display cards]]
 
[[Category:Video display cards]]

Latest revision as of 07:47, 28 October 2017

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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.