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Re: any ETA on improved ATI drivers?

On Sunday 05 July 2009, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>On Sun, 5 Jul 2009, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Saturday 04 July 2009, Frank Cox wrote:
>> >On Sat, 04 Jul 2009 23:05:14 -0400
>> >
>> >Gene Heskett wrote:
>> >> Me 3.  But in my case, once it starts, only a reboot will stop it.
>> >> Using the radeonhd driver with an HD2400 Pro card.
>> >
>> >I am running F11 with a Radeon X1950 Pro card and haven't had any
>> > problems at all with the comes-with-Fedora video driver.  I didn't have
>> > to do a thing to get it working with my wide-screen monitor when I
>> > installed F11 on this computer, and I haven't had to do anything with it
>> > since.
>> But your card is not an HD family card.  That would seem to be the
>> operative keyword.  It works ok for days at a time.  But when it
>> starts that, I may as well just do a graceful reboot & be done with
>> it.
>  there are currently two issues with radeon drivers that i've been
>involved with, either reporting in BZ or suffering from.
>  the first -- which i'm willing now to admit isn't a video driver
>issue after all -- is the screen on my laptop just going dark
>arbitrarily, even while i'm in the middle of work, so it's not a
>screensaver issue.  as someone else suggested, it's more likely a
>power management issue.

I think it could be related, Robert, but don't want to lay my hand anywhere 
near the good book as I simply don't know enough about it.  There is another, 
possibly kde-ish item that I haven't had to fiddle with recently, and that is 
its forgetfulness about screen blanking.  That's where I get up in the morning 
and find the monitor has been powered up all night, and I have to go into the 
menus, change something related to enable the apply button, and resave the 
prefs both in the blanker and display power menu's.  But I haven't had that 
happen in a couple of weeks now.

>  the other issue -- which is still happening -- is that when i'm
>working in the gnome desktop, trying to do something *suddenly* (a
>quick window resize, or drag and drop) will cause the cursor to change
>to the 4-way arrow, then give extremely slow response to moving, at
>which point the rest of the session is frozen.  the cursor can still
>be moved very slowly, but nothing else is available.  a reboot seems
>to be required.

This last doesn't seem to apply here Robert, but then I'm using 

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