I installed the ATI fglrx drivers from livna on my FC5 install but I'm having some issues with movie playback.
Whenever I try to play a movie or DVD I get kicked out of X and sent back to the FC5 login screen. It does this regardless of the movie player I'm using. If I switch back to the general VESA driver, video playback is fine. :?:
Thanks dude. I got your PM and sent you back one. I don't think it's hardware related. Here's the info I PM'd you.
I read your post. It's not hardware related. The card works fine under Windows and the temps are well withing reason. Also, I may have been wrong on one thing. I was able to play some regular movie files (mpgs, mov, etc.) using mplayer and the ATI fglrx driver last night so the problem only appears to be with DVDs
I will give your suggestions a try.
The Livna RPMs do work better. When I tried the ATI drivers they installed and I ran the setup, but I was never able to enter the ATI control panel. I clicked on it but nothing happened. I suspect it was something I did wrong when installing them. The Livna RPMs do allow me to enter the ATI Control Panel and make adjustments.
I found a guide which has been very useful on setting things up in FC5. It's located here. It's helped me work out a lot of bugs and gotten FC5 up and running very nicely.
There's one note that I think could be causing the problem. When I installed the ATI fglrx drivers, it went through an actual install process as well a text driven setup process. It did not work this way when I installed the Livna RPMs. If you look at the guide I linked to above it covers how I installed the Livna ATI fglrx driver. The way I see it, since it installed through yum, that cover the actual driver install process. However, I didn't do any setup process like there was with the ATI fglrx (the text setup process). Could that be the issue?
Ahhh, I'd forgetten how much "fun" it is trying to get ATI cards working in Linux. It took a lot of tweaking and adding options in the X config file to get my laptop's mobility radeon 9700 working properly.
One place to try to see what's goingon is in the logs, both the system messages and the X server logs. Try to get the X crash to happen again and then immediately check those logs (drop to virtual terminal to minimize the addition of new data to those logs).
Also, I know that the crash causes you to be unable to see any error messages that may pop up, but try to run the video playback utility from the terminal and dump the output to a text file to try to capture what's going arwy.
Sorry for not getting back. I've had a terrible time trying to get into the Software section the last few days. It took at least 5 minutes just for the Software section to load tonight, plus another 5 to get into the Linux section and an additional 5 to reply to this post. Something is definately up with the forums because this occurs when I'm at work as well.
After some additional checking I believe I've narrowed the issue down to not properly configuring mplayer to use the proper driver as I can get DVD playback working with the ATI drivers. So it would appear it was my mistake. My bad, sorry guys. The audio doesn't always sync with the video on some movie files, but again it's probably just a configuration issue and I think with some more tinkering I can figure it out.
glxgear -v does work although I'm not able to monitor the temps. I wasn't able to get gnome-applet-sensors.x86_64 to work. Actually, I do not know how to get it too work.