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Carolina: Vanguard Edition Release 2 December 2014
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battleshooter


Joined: 14 May 2008
Posts: 1383
Location: Australia

PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 02:59    Post subject:  

Introducing the second release of Carolina: Vanguard Edition!



What's New:
XORG update! Mesa update! Kernel update! Alsa update!

Xorg update - Huge update from Xorg 1.11.0 to 1.16.2
Mesa update - Uses fancy new gallium drivers as well as now providing out of the box hardware acceleration! Shocked
Kernel update - Small step up to 3.18.1 but now compiled with all kinds of new drivers updates from joystick/gamepad vibration to thermal sensors, KVM drivers and everything between
Alsa update - Frankly I don't see a difference but if it does something for you...

Plus a hoard of general fixes including:

Intel compiling fixed (Thanks Billtoo)
Skype and Master PDF Editor fixed (Thanks Geoff)
Shutdown issue fixed (Thanks elroy)


Carolina: Vanguard Edition - Release 2
md5sum: aec753e06913685712c77ee70b82493c
Size: 517 MB
Release 1 to Release 2 delta
md5sum: ba7a336e6ef249b3dbe5436143e85a01
Size: 106 MB
devx_vlina_R2.sfs
MD5sum: 83263da86ad47639b2ef4f2cd7df0e59
Size: 118 MB
kernel_sources-3.18.1-vanguard-lina.sfs
MD5sum: 1aa867303205d52d9506ce3196984104
Size: 105 MB

Darn! We've broken the 500MB limit. It's all XORG's fault if you're wondering. Jumped from 53MB to 176 MB.

Oh and if you're missing the previous theme, it's now available in the XFCE theme manager. The clock and the notifications need to be set manually though, the themer doesn't cover those.

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Geoffrey


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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 04:09    Post subject:  

Downloading now, sounds great, thanks for your efforts in keeping Carolina viable.
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battleshooter


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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 06:07    Post subject:  

You're very welcome Geoffrey, thank you for making Carolina worth keeping viable Very Happy

I just realized I forgot to upload a delta. Confused I'll get to that now.

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 06:19    Post subject:  

Quick test !
It didn't boot right on the desktop , I used xorgwizard to get here . Posting from vlina R2 . It's impressing I have already sound through HDMI and Grandr change monitor resolution makes easily passing to all the resolution AMD driver offers on this machine . Even SMPlayer can use the video option gl(fast)-Ati (cards) .

Keep testing ... Next week I'' get the NVIDIA card.
Very nice job @battleshooter Exclamation Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 06:50    Post subject:  

Delta is now up.

Thanks Gobbi! Glad to hear the HDMI sound is working, that ought to save you the trouble of installing the propriety driver. I've lately been discovering the powers of the native Radeon driver, it's very nice on my setup and test beds, kind of wondering why I always went through the hassle of the propriety.

Not sure why it didn't boot straight to desktop though I'm pleased xorgwizard resolved it, what's the graphics card?

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Gobbi

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 07:29    Post subject:  

battleshooter wrote:
... what's the graphics card?


It's an Sapphire Radeon HD 7870XT (Tahiti). I know it's a bit problematic... But the proprietary driver solves any issue with it. I've seen this in vlina R1 .
The image quality while SMPlayer played a video with 50 fps was not optimal in R2 , but it's a big step forward anyway .
A big +1 in vlina R2 it is the fact that even the Audio Mixer shows the sound from the video card without the proprietary driver . Untill now , on different new pups , sound was working through HDMI only choosing the device from the video player ( VLC or SMPlayer ).
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 08:25    Post subject:  

Gobbi wrote:
It's an Sapphire Radeon HD 7870XT (Tahiti). I know it's a bit problematic... But the proprietary driver solves any issue with it. I've seen this in vlina R1 .


That's a pity. I was kinda hoping I'd get away with no one needing the propriety drivers as I had trouble getting the AMD one going after compiling. That and I never got around to investigation Billtoo's nVidia propriety bug.

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 08:40    Post subject:  

Working good, my ati card now works ootb

It's not perfect, but at lest I have acceleration now
Code:
ATI Technologies Inc RS690 [Radeon X1200 Series]

# glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh.  The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
353 frames in 5.0 seconds = 70.524 FPS
366 frames in 5.0 seconds = 73.018 FPS
376 frames in 5.0 seconds = 75.012 FPS

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Billtoo


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Location: Ontario Canada

PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 11:05    Post subject: Carolina: Vanguard Edition Release 2  

Installed to a 32gb SDHC card, pc is an emachines D620 laptop.

video-info-glx 1.5.3 Sun 18 Jan 2015 on Vanguard-Carolina 1.3 Linux 3.18.1 i686
5.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
oem: ATI ATOMBIOS
product: RS690 01.00

X Server: Xorg Driver: radeon
X.Org version: 1.16.2
dimensions: 1280x800 pixels (338x211 millimeters)
depth of root window: 24 planes

direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: SGI
server glx version string: 1.4
OpenGL vendor string: X.Org R300 Project
OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690
OpenGL version string: 2.1 Mesa 10.3.5

# glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
265 frames in 5.0 seconds = 52.902 FPS
295 frames in 5.0 seconds = 58.911 FPS
290 frames in 5.0 seconds = 57.878 FPS

AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2650e
Core 0: @1596 MHz

Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

New version works great on this laptop.

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Minnesota

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 12:34    Post subject: gparted
Subject description: aborts when run
 

Someone please give a try to run gparted. I ran from the menu, the installer, and tried from the terminal. Terminal indicated aborted line 82. Past my pay grade Smile.
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Marv


Joined: 04 May 2005
Posts: 1265
Location: SW Wisconsin

PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 12:52    Post subject:  

Frugal Grub4Dos install to 80Gb SSD on Fujitsu S6520 laptop (All intel 2.4GHz core 2 duo 2Gb RAM)

Chip description:
2.0 VGA compatible controller
Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
oem: Intel(r)Cantiga Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA BIOS
product: Intel(r)Cantiga Graphics Controller Hardware Version 0.0

# export vblank_mode=0
# glxgears
ATTENTION: default value of option vblank_mode overridden by environment.
7165 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1432.975 FPS
7198 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1439.385 FPS
7280 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1455.847 FPS
7188 frames in 5.0 seconds = 1437.522 FPS

Working well here, no errors on intel driver setup, acceleration good, nice to have the Xorg stuff alll rolled in Exclamation Sound, WPA2 wireless with Frisbee all good. More later on the other machines. Thanks to the pointer to the original Vlina theme. I'm afraid I'm addicted Confused

Edit: Bay Trail mobo checked. Came up totally clean, connected correctly to wired ethernet, no errors in intel drm setup, pretty solid FPS.
Frugal Grub4Dos install to 80Gb SATA HDD on intel Bay-Trail-D mobo, quad core, 2GHz, 1.5Gb RAM

Chip description:
2.0 VGA compatible controller
Intel Corporation Device 0f31 (rev 0c)
oem: Intel(R) VLV Mobile/Desktop Graphics Chipset Accelerated VGA BIOS
product: Intel(R) VLV Mobile/Desktop Graphics Controller Hardware Version 0.0

# export vblank_mode=0
# glxgears
ATTENTION: default value of option vblank_mode overridden by environment.
ATTENTION: default value of option vblank_mode overridden by environment.
10522 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2104.212 FPS
10320 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2063.975 FPS
10213 frames in 5.0 seconds = 2042.578 FPS

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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 13:55    Post subject:  

I tried to install the proprietary AMD driver (amd_14.12) . It was very tricky to make the vesa driver to work , even putting in the kernel line radeon.modules=0 pfix=vesa ... Always didn't booted stright to the desktop and then with xorgwizard command on the prompt , it falled back to the radeon driver . I had to edit some xorg.conf files to make it run on vesa . The AMD driver installed with errors... When I exited to prompt to do aticonfig --initial it didn't work .
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 14:27    Post subject: Carolina: Vanguard Edition Release 2  

Installed to a 32gb flash drive,computer is a lenovo ThinkCentre
desktop.
video-info-glx 1.5.3 Sun 18 Jan 2015 on Vanguard-Carolina 1.3 Linux 3.18.1 i686
0.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GF108 [GeForce GT 430] (rev a1)
oem: NVIDIA
product: GF108 Board - 1071v1p1 Chip Rev

X Server: Xorg Driver: nvidia
X.Org version: 1.16.2
dimensions: 1920x1080 pixels (602x343 millimeters)
depth of root window: 24 planes

direct rendering: Yes
server glx vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
server glx version string: 1.4
OpenGL vendor string: NVIDIA Corporation
OpenGL renderer string: GeForce GT 430/PCIe/SSE2
OpenGL version string: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 346.35

# glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
302 frames in 5.0 seconds = 60.313 FPS
301 frames in 5.0 seconds = 60.004 FPS
301 frames in 5.0 seconds = 60.005 FPS
#

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
Core 0: @2003 1: @2003 MHz

Linksys WUSB54GC 802.11g Adapter [ralink rt73]

Working great on this one too.
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 19:49    Post subject:  

Installed Grub4Dos frugal to 32Gb CF card in IDE adapter in Fujitsu S6230 laptop (1.6GHz Pentium M, 2Gb RAM, ipw2200 wireless, intel 855GM video)

Chip description:
2.0 VGA compatible controller
Intel Corporation 82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device (rev 02)
oem: Intel(r)852GM/852GME/855GM/855GME Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA BIOS
product: Intel(r)852GM/852GME/855GM/855GME Graphics Controller Hardware Version 0.0

# dmesg | grep drm
[ 16.685674] [drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[ 17.534964] [drm] Memory usable by graphics device = 128M
[ 17.534972] [drm] Replacing VGA console driver
[ 17.573709] [drm] Supports vblank timestamp caching Rev 2 (21.10.2013).
[ 17.573715] [drm] Driver supports precise vblank timestamp query.
[ 17.617058] [drm:i9xx_set_fifo_underrun_reporting] *ERROR* pipe A underrun
[ 17.679814] [drm] initialized overlay support
[ 17.704414] [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20140905 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0
[ 17.773109] [drm:i9xx_set_fifo_underrun_reporting] *ERROR* pipe A underrun
[ 17.863762] fbcon: inteldrmfb (fb0) is primary device
[ 18.861965] i915 0000:00:02.0: fb0: inteldrmfb frame buffer device
[ 38.628437] [drm:i9xx_check_fifo_underruns] *ERROR* pipe B underrun
[ 42.921874] [drm:i9xx_check_fifo_underruns] *ERROR* pipe B underrun
[ 43.073396] [drm:i9xx_set_fifo_underrun_reporting] *ERROR* pipe A underrun

# dmesg | grep i915
[ 17.704414] [drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20140905 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0
[ 18.861965] i915 0000:00:02.0: fb0: inteldrmfb frame buffer device
[ 18.861972] i915 0000:00:02.0: registered panic notifier

# export vblank_mode=0
# glxgears
libGL error: Version 4 or later of flush extension not found
libGL error: failed to load driver: i915
ATTENTION: default value of option vblank_mode overridden by environment.
3248 frames in 5.0 seconds = 649.534 FPS
3241 frames in 5.0 seconds = 648.090 FPS
3238 frames in 5.0 seconds = 647.495 FPS
3234 frames in 5.0 seconds = 646.749 FPS

Let me call this 3 for 3 here in intel land Exclamation Forcepae works. Same intel setup errors as previously seen on the 855GM but video resolution, sound, and WPA2 connection with Frisbee are all good. Intel driver and direct rendering using the intel MESA driver are reported in Hardinfo with very good acceleration and FPS scores for this class laptop. Full sys-info attached for completeness only. Basically this was a smooth OOTB experience on all the machines I have. CPU use at idle and subjective speed are great on all 3. Both ALPS and synaptics touchpads are usable with no fiddling except to turn off the tap-to-click.

Thanks,
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 20:16    Post subject: Re: gparted
Subject description: aborts when run
 

Minnesota wrote:
Someone please give a try to run gparted. I ran from the menu, the installer, and tried from the terminal. Terminal indicated aborted line 82. Past my pay grade Smile.


Working ok for me.
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