Originally posted by Ghostfreak1
reply to post by mainidh
Problem with ati is that they never learned to write a clean driver... This also apply under windows, but it's less left-alone... Under linux, it's
almost impossible to setup your ATI card properly at the first attempt... and I would recommand that once you have a working setup (yes it's doable,
without the issues you described... but this can cause much white hair ! lol) to NOT update your driver too often... or get ready to rollback in case
They tend to leave some very serious issue in their drivers... You also have more "stable" drivers under linux, like the open source one... but it's
not fully reverse engineered, doesn't support all graphic boards out there, and often have some huge performences issues.
So yeah, for someone that is new to linux, get an nvidia card... Driver setup is user friendly, and I never had a problem with it.
I've done everything possible to get the AIT setup working, and it tears no matter what. I had to use the proprietary driver to get almost all the
functionality but still, videos tear. I didn't just try it haphazardly and give up, I looked everywhere, and the problem has been ongoing for years.
ATI simply do not provide decent drivers.
They make their drives almost exclusively for windows, and in that - while not as stable as NVidia, I experience no tearing at all.
As for gaming, anything with punkbuster is out the window... all I played was COD4. 1 game tied me to windows. I threw it out due to the constant
garbage the players of that game were dishing out, and as I only played multiplayer, it was a non sequeter for me, I went pure linux.
No point with it for that, as Evenbalance will not tone down their windows authentication checks, and seeing as wine uses completely different
alternatives, it will fail 100% of the time. EB check the checksum of the entire dll. It cannot be emulated. So..
Everything else works flawlessly. I couldn't believe how easy with ubuntu 10.04 how easy it was to mount ntfs drives and connect to shares...
Mind you unity is a shocker... so staying at an earlier version was my choice.
If you can show me a guide that can make videos using mkv or nicely compressed video that has no tearing, I'd be much obliged!! But even the ubuntu
forums have give up for now.
The main answer is "Linux is for developers not end users." and this is with every single effect turned off, the latest tweaks and tricks applied. I
cannot watch a show that involves any movement without it splitting my screen, which drove me back to dual boot.
Never had it under NVidia. sadly, which means until ATS pull their finger out, I have to resort to dual booting..
I even tried installing the klm codec pack in wine to get media player classic going, but it crashes .. and also, well, it only is a front end to
linux calls that would most likely result in the same problem.
Sad shame really, I'd finally taken the plunge.... argh I hate ati..
edit on 30-1-2012 by mainidh because: (no reason given)