AMD’s Catalyst 13.8 Beta1 is busted

Revert to catalyst-13.4 and stick with Kernel 3.9

Reversion

This is an operable configuration; with 4x Hewlett-Packard ZR30w

$ rpm -q -a | grep -Ee '(catalyst|kernel-[^d])' | sort
kernel-3.9.11-200.fc18.x86_64
kernel-3.9.2-200.fc18.x86_64
kernel-modules-extra-3.9.11-200.fc18.x86_64
kernel-modules-extra-3.9.2-200.fc18.x86_64
kmod-catalyst-3.9.11-200.fc18.x86_64-13.4-2.fc18.8.x86_64
kmod-catalyst-3.9.2-200.fc18.x86_64-13.4-2.fc18.x86_64
xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-13.4-1.fc18.x86_64
xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs-13.4-1.fc18.x86_64

Separately

As of 2013-08-24, the use of 4K displays, e.g. the ASUS PQ321, no longer functions.  The FirePro video system forces the 4K display back to a lowrez mode.  That is fully characterized here.   A configuration with 2x HP ZR30w and 1x ASUS PQ321 worked well for weeks.  Then one day, without any updating, it stopped functioning and won’t work (even a full powercycle of all components).  The  ASUS PQ321 had to be removed from the system; 4x HP ZR30w works fine (but only with catalyst-13.4)

Official

Resolutions

  • [381120] Kernel 3.10 support
  • [379176] “Testing use only” watermark removed
    … pesky but benign relative to the lethargy and breakage of catalyst-13.8

Breakage

catalyst-13.8 is broken and unusable.

  • Only “updates” the static GNOME desktop when there is motion; e.g. mouse motion.
  • In gnome-terminal, it has the feel of working on a 1970s very slow 100-baud tty.
  • There seems to be a ~20 sec to ~30 sec timeout after which pending graphics events are flushed.
  • Putting the desktop into full compositing mode (e.g. ALT-F2) allows the X events to stream freely (e.g. video playback functions).
  • glxgears doesn’t run the gears unless ALT-F2 or the mouse is used to move the window around.
  • This is unusable.

Rumor

The symptoms are all different (and different from mine):

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  1. On into 2014 and up to for Fedora 19 … working fine with Catalyst 14.4

    $ uname -a
    Linux vast 3.14.4-100.fc19.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue May 13 15:00:26 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    $ rpm -q -a | grep catalyst
    xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-14.4-1.fc19.x86_64
    kmod-catalyst-3.9.5-301.fc19.x86_64-13.6-0.1.beta.fc19.3.x86_64
    kmod-catalyst-3.13.9-100.fc19.x86_64-14.4-1.fc19.x86_64
    kmod-catalyst-3.14.4-100.fc19.x86_64-14.4-1.fc19.1.x86_64
    kmod-catalyst-14.4-1.fc19.1.x86_64
    xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs-14.4-1.fc19.x86_64
    akmod-catalyst-14.4-1.fc19.x86_64