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Here's a simple step-by-step guide for Gentoo users to start testing the newly released UVD support in the open source Radeon driver:
- Buy something from AMD/ATI. Be a good open source citizen and vote with your wallet! Some good candidates include this and this.
- Feel good about yourself.
- Wait several years for AMD developers and lawyers to get their collective shit together. Use the shitty proprietary Catalyst driver in the meantime.
- Say goodbye to x11-drivers/ati-drivers, replacing it with x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati. Make sure it says "radeon" instead of "fglrx" in the
- Install media-libs/mesa-9.2_pre20130404 and x11-drivers/radeon-ucode-20130402 kindly and promptly prepared by chithanh. All hail chithanh.
- Grab the latest kernel source from the drm-fixes-3.9 branch. This tarball should work.
- Apply all 11 patches from patchset v2 posted in the mailing list. Alternatively, apply this rolled-up patch.
- Build kernel. Make sure to set
CONFIG_DRM_RADEONand add the relevant firmwares to
CONFIG_EXTRA_FIRMWARE(e.g. "radeon/PALM_me.bin radeon/PALM_pfp.bin radeon/SUMO_rlc.bin radeon/SUMO_uvd.bin" for E-350).
- Add "vdpau" to the
USEflags and recompile packages that make use of it.
- Reboot. Join forums / IRC / mailing lists for group hug.
UPDATE: Patchset v3 is out in the mailing list. Essentially the same as v2, with one change moved from 02 to 03.