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Posts from the ‘Video’ Category

30
Jan

Properly ripping DVDs and adding subtitles in Ubuntu

dvd::ripThere are occasions where you legitimately need tools to help that would otherwise be considered the domain of “pirates” and “ne’er-do-wells”. In this particular scenario, my grandparents send a DVD from the United States (Region1) to us in Belgium (Region2). Not only will the DVD not play back on a region locked DVD player, there are also no Dutch subtitles.

There are however technological solutions to this type of problem, including such programs as dvd::rip, vobsub2srt and a few websites dedicted to crowdsourced subtitles.

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27
Apr

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) and AMD Catalyst 12.4

Precise Pangola has been released and a day later comes a new fglrx driver. While there isn’t a changelog, this build apparently gives us:

early-look support for Ubuntu 12.04, Linux PowerXpress support for the Intel Ivy Bridge platform, packaging script updates, and various bug-fixes.

Among the bug-fixes for Catalyst 12.4 on Linux are: fixing some multi-head issues, a system hang in certain PowerXpress configurations, fixing a system hang when using OpenGL overlays, correcting an OpenGL performance drop, a soft-hang when killing the X Server, and severe corruption for OpenGL games using the AMD “Redwood” graphics processors.

If you want to build these for yourself then you can follow these instructions:
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28
Apr

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty with fglrx and 2.6.39

Natty (11.04) users can finally get fglrx playing nicely together with X.org 1.10. We can also make the latest driver work well with the 2.6.39 kernel.

Custom build procedure:

  1. Install the latest 2.6.39 kernel revision from Ubuntu Mainline or install the PPA.
  2. Download 64-bit 11.4.
  3. Extract the files from the package:
    sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-4-x86.x86_64.run --extract ati
  4. For 2.6.39 support, download this extra patch: 2.6.39_bkl.patch
  5. Check for Big Kernel Lock usage:
    cat /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build/.config | grep -c CONFIG_BKL=y
    If the result of this command is 0, then download no_bkl.patch as well.
  6. then apply them:
    cd ati; for i in ../*.patch; do patch -p1 < $i; done
  7. Build your new ati/fglrx deb packages:
    ./ati-installer.sh 8.841 --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty
  8. Install our newly created deb packages:
    sudo dpkg -i ../fglrx*.deb
  9. If your /etc/X11/xorg.conf is missing you will need to run:
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    and then reboot.

That newly created package should work for the entire 2.6.39 series.

30
Mar

Ubuntu 2.6.39 kernel and fglrx 8.831

For those 10.10 Maverick users with 2.6.38 or 2.6.39 (64-bit) kernels, you can get fglrx playing nicely together with X.org 1.9.

Unfortunately this new driver does not support X.org 1.10 and that leaves 11.4 users to use the open-source drivers.

Custom build procedure:
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23
Feb

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick with 2.6.38 kernel and fglrx 8.812

X-Swat has not updated their ati packages in a long time which means that Natty users and Maverick users with 2.6.38 (64-bit) cannot run with fglrx video drivers.

In order to get the latest 2.6.38 kernel and fglrx playing nicely together you will need to build these packages yourself.

Custom build procedure:
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