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SubjectRe: Linux in a binary world... a doomsday scenario
Luke-Jr wrote:

>On Thursday 08 December 2005 08:14, you wrote:
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>>Luke-Jr wrote:
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>>>The ATi Radeon 9200 works fine...
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>>Lucky you. Mine doesn't. Using 3D on it makes the machine unstable,
>>and the performance is apalling too.
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>Hm, well I don't have DRI enabled on my primary desktop... just on a second
>one dedicated to gaming. Not sure if that makes any difference...
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>>So I'm looking for something else - a radeon 7000 is cheap . . .
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>That'll outperform a 9200? ;)
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Actually yes, because something is clearly wrong.
The pci 9200 SE can run tuxracer at 640x480 - not smooth
but playable until it locks the machine after a few minutes.

The AGP matrox G550 is better, it runs 1280x1024 tuxracer
with a unknown but noticeable higher framerate. According to
people I talked to before, the 9200SE is supposed to outperform
this, even with a pci bus. But it is not even close and I don't
bother running 3D on it any more due to the hanging.

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>>And don't say that a crash during a 3D game isn't important -
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>A system crash? Worst I've ever seen was a X crash, back before I got my X
>configs good. If you mean a game crash, I wouldn't know... half the time it'd
>probably be my fault. ;)
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I don't mind a game crash - I can always find another game. But it will
at least screw up that card so bad that I need a reboot to get
a working xserver running on that display. Typically, the
crash ends with a 99% cpu loop in the kernel, a blocked display,
and perhaps the other xserver gets in trouble too.

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>>it is a two-user machine and the other user is not amused when this happens.
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>Maybe he would be if it showed a BSOD? :p
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Nope. A windows crash isn't any "better", and they are used to
the linux-level of stability anyway.

Helge Hafting
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