Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

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Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby Atheist » Mon May 18, 2009 1:00 pm

On my request about drivers for P650 for x64 Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04 I received

Matrox Inquiry: P650 LP PCIe 64, #6453

Dear ,

Thanks for your request. Our next driver release1.4.7 (planned for 25th May) should support Ubuntu 8.10.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby Highmad » Mon May 18, 2009 1:24 pm

Last week they told me, it's the 15th of May. I hope they can release it on the new date. I'm really curious. Only downer is that it will only support 8.10. Man, I hope they catch up with Ubuntu.

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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby Atheist » Mon May 18, 2009 5:14 pm

My issue was dated on 7 May, 2009

Matrox's replied on 8 May, 2009:
Message from "Info-CentralEurope" <Info-CentralEurope@matrox.com> on Fri, 8 May 2009 07:34:42 -0400
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby tuxx-home.at » Wed May 20, 2009 3:09 pm

The only important thing is that they update the mtx_drv.so to the new Xorg API. If they do that, we have won, because everything else (new kernels and stuff) I can handle, i just don't have the source to the X driver that's why I'm unable to make it work with the latest Xorg distributions.

So let's just hope they fixed this single issue and we will have a working driver for all major distributions again soon.
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby 298 » Mon May 25, 2009 4:53 am

:D There is a new 1.4.7 driver on the Matrox website! Downloaded it, and compiled it without a problem on Ubuntu 9.04.

Now you need to register before you can download. After entering "your" personal data, you can download directly.

Previously, there was always this blue Matrox splash screen that told me the driver was ok, grey splash screen was not ok, for example after an update that replaced libglx.so. Now there is no more splash screen. Well, let's see what happens after a few Ubuntu upgrades.
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby 298 » Mon May 25, 2009 7:26 am

Some weird things happening now: sometimes it goes into a mode (mood?) where the mouse is displayed on the left (primary) screen, but the events are sent to the right screen. When I click on a window on the left screen, nothing will happen (right screen is empty). When I right-click somewhere on the left screen, the context menu pops up on the right screen. Alt-tab is also displayed on the right screen even though the mouse is on the left. This stops once I move the mouse to the right screen and do a right click there. Haven't quite figured out what causes this to happen.

Also, whenever I start an application, I get the message:
Xlib: extension "RANDR" missing on display ":0.0"

I'm now using Ubuntu 9.04 with mtx 1.4.7. My xorg.conf is the same that I used in Ubuntu 8.04 with mtx 1.4.6, it's here: http://www.pastebin.ca/1433605
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon May 25, 2009 10:28 am

Just downloading the new driver and will update you as soon as I know what's up with it.
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby csp » Mon May 25, 2009 9:19 pm

1.4.7 works incl. RANDR on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS 64-bit 4GB RAM :-)
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon May 25, 2009 9:35 pm

Works quite well for me too, although I'm not finished with the testing. When booting without the kernel module in place, I got a really weird kernel panic, telling me that my system has a hardware failure, which it definetely doesn't have, but otherwise, it looks good.

Compiles out of the box on 2.6.29.4 and, surprise, surprise, you can grep for "tuxx-home.at" in the driver sources and get lots of results, so they actually left in some of my comments and most of my changes which they always used to kick before, so I think we're on the right track, either they got new people coding the drivers or something has changed internally.
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby schloeri » Mon May 25, 2009 11:27 pm

tuxx-home.at wrote:.... you can grep for "tuxx-home.at" in the driver sources and get lots of results, so they actually left in some of my comments and most of my changes which they always used to kick before ...


This is great. This rewards you a little bit for what you are doing for us ... and for them.

Thanks again and keep up the good work
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby 298 » Tue May 26, 2009 8:36 pm

Another odd thing: CTRL-ALT-F1 restarts X, it doesn't give me a console as it used to. This happens regardless of the DontZap option. My other Ubuntu machines don't do that, so, don't know, is the driver involved in this?
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby tuxx-home.at » Wed May 27, 2009 2:36 am

Works for me (tm).
Can you see anything in the Xorg logfiles or syslog, dmesg or the like at the time you're pressing this key combination?
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Re: Planned date for driver release 1.4.7

Postby 298 » Wed May 27, 2009 6:21 am

Yes, there is something about fatal X errors in the syslog: http://www.pastebin.ca/1435822
The Xorg.log contains a bracktrace, see here: http://www.pastebin.ca/1435823
My xorg.conf is still at http://www.pastebin.ca/1433605

It doesn't always crash like this, sometimes I can get a console and go back to X, sometimes I can't. Whether I have windows open when I press CTRL-ALT-F1 or not, doesn't seem to matter.

Just now I had this odd thing again where mouse actions switch to the second monitor while the pointer is still on the first. Xorg.log now contains many of the following lines:

miPointerConstrainCursor: Invalid input device pointer
miPointerWarpCursor: Invalid input device pointer
miPointerUpdateSprite: Invalid input device pointer
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