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asked 2015-03-15 23:22:47 -0500

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updated 2015-03-16 20:45:27 -0500

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Hi, after reading about amazing Radeon driver progress at Phoronix web site, I've buy Radeon R9 270X video card to play some games. But I can't play any game that I played before with Nvidia video card and proprietary driver.

It always fails when 3d turns on (e. g. game action is started). I see black screen instead of all 3d objects (but I can see menu and mini map), or game just fails with segmentation fault.

Those games I tried to start is War Thunder (linux version, but I think it is ported with some way from Windows, it is 64-bit) and World of Tanks (windows version under Wine, it is 32-bit).

Meanwhile I can run Phoronix with Unigine Heaven and other tests, they works fine.

Is there any steps I should do to DirectX or whatever works with that games? Or, in spite of Radeon driver goes ahead, it is better to change ATI video card to Nvidia with Blob, as it was before?

UPDATE: I've figured out that possible problem is that games doesn't use 32-bit libs (mesa*.i686, I've installed it too), but should do (they are 23-bit), but I don't know how to make games to use them.

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This might be a better question for the driver maintainers, but unfortunately the RadeonSI driver (which I presume you're talking about here) is known to have these sorts of problems. I'm not sure what you should be expecting from the driver at this point, and I tried to find a good forum for this subject but the best I could do was the mesa-users list on . Currently, the best way to run Radeon hardware on Fedora in my estimation is by using the proprietary AMD Catalyst driver. I have instructions for its installation on my blog, if that interests you.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-03-16 08:53:55 -0500 )edit

Thank you bitwiseoperator, I'll try to install blob. Today I've figured out that possible problem is that games doesn't use 32-bit libs (mesa*.i686, I've installed it too), but don't know how to make games to use them.

Asked to mesa-users list, may be it'll give a chance.

ambush gravatar imageambush ( 2015-03-16 14:56:06 -0500 )edit

I've installed blob according to your instructions. No more black screen instead of 3d objects, but I don't see any speed ups. Still bad FPS. :(

ambush gravatar imageambush ( 2015-03-16 16:34:02 -0500 )edit

Bummer - using wine, I know, typically results in pretty rough FPS rates. How are your Unigine benchmarks? You should notice a pretty marked improvement with them over the open source driver. If you do notice a signficant improvement, and the FPS rates achieved line up with open benchmarks of that Radeon card, then you can at least narrow your focus to the specific games you're attempting to run.

bitwiseoperator gravatar imagebitwiseoperator ( 2015-03-17 11:01:05 -0500 )edit

Unigine benchmarks: unigine tropics is about 60-100 FPS (but I can't turn on DirectX9, only OpenGL), unigine Heaven is about 20-30 FPS. 1920x1080. What is strange with games: video card and power supply's coolers are works not fast whtn gaming, but so fast with phoronix. And for games I don't see much difference in FPS between low and high graphics settings.

ambush gravatar imageambush ( 2015-03-17 17:59:11 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-03-16 08:49:20 -0500

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I saw

err:winediag:wined3d_texture_init The application tried to create a DXTn texture, but the driver does not support them.

in wine's log and after I've installed libtxc_dxtn (both x86_64 and i686) from RPMFusion free, I can run War Thunder.

But it doesn't work for World Of Tanks. Wine doesn't show any other graphics-related errors so I don't know what's wrong.

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