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ATI also offers a proprietary driver for RadeonHD chips based off of their Windows code (a legacy proprietary driver is offered for older cards, but it will not run on modern kernels/X servers)
* OpenGL 3.3/4.1 and GLSL(dependent on the latest version your card supports) * XvBA video decode acceleration (through VA-API and only for RadeonHD 4x00 cards and later): http://www.splitted-desktop.com/~gbeauchesne/ * Direct2D acceleration * Catalyst Control Center * aticonfig CLI tool * OverDrive (power management, overclocking) * HDMI Audio * XRandR 1.3 * AIGLX (desktop effects)
Video Acceleration (VA) API Status
Work has been underway to support VA API under in Linux. Video acceleration can be achieved through drivers supplied at gbeauchesne
However, the drivers do not appear to have been included in the mainline distributions and there is a certain degree of incompatibility. The distribution drivers and dependencies need to be removed and reinstalled with the older patched drivers.
For example vainfo on a clean Ubuntu 10.10 install for a 4200 shows the following:
* libva: libva version 0.31.0 * Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0". * libva: va_getDriverName() returns -1 * vaInitialize failed with error code -1 (unknown libva error),exit
The drivers in Ubuntu 10.10 are of a latter versions, but do not support VA API for ATI.
A bug against the libva has been submitted see Bug 642907
Switchable Graphic Chips Warning
As of AMD Catalyst™ 10.12, there is no support for switchable graphics chips in Linux. This means you cannot switch between the low power consumption of the integrated graphics chip and the high performance of the discrete graphics chip. Some manufacturers allow the IGP to be turned off in the BIOS and use the discrete card only (but this is not good for battery life). Otherwise, you are stuck with both GPU's turned on and draining the battery while only being able to use the IGP. Carefully research before purchasing a laptop, or you may not be able to fully use the hardware you pay for.
There is a bug raised against the inability to switch between integrated and discrete graphics cards
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