Closed Bug 792480 Opened 8 years ago Closed 8 years ago

Gfx driver block request: AMD driver 8.982.0.0


(Toolkit :: Blocklist Policy Requests, defect)

Not set



Tracking Status
firefox15 + fixed
firefox16 + fixed
firefox17 --- fixed
firefox18 --- fixed


(Reporter: joe, Assigned: jorgev)



(Whiteboard: [gfx])


(3 files)

Vendor: 0x1002
Feature: DIRECT2D
Driver versions: 8.982.0.0

We're seeing huge numbers of crashes with the ATI/AMD driver version 8.982.0.0, so we should block it from using Direct2D using the downloaded graphics blocklist.
Direct2D exists only on Vista and above.
In addition to the ATI vendor ID, the AMD vendor ID is 0x1022
Blocks: 789260
(In reply to Scoobidiver from comment #1)
> Direct2D exists only on Vista and above.
> In addition to the ATI vendor ID, the AMD vendor ID is 0x1022

Blocking it everywhere is harmless though, and prevents us from having to add 4 entries instead of 2.
I staged both blocks using the data provided (id: 131 for ATI and 133 for AMG).
Assignee: nobody → jorge
Keywords: qawanted
QA Contact:
Unfortunately, I don't have access to any AMD hardware locally.

Marcia or Juan, could one of you take ownership of this and test it in the lab?
QA Contact:
Er, AMD's vendor id is 0x1004, isn't it?
(In reply to Joe Drew (:JOEDREW! \o/) from comment #5)
> Er, AMD's vendor id is 0x1004, isn't it?

No, I'm wrong. Ignore me.
QA Contact: jbecerra
I checked the staged blocklist and forced a blocklist ping. The entry is added, but the information in about:support says Direct2D is still enabled.

Does the blocklist entry need an OS to be specified? See the attachment.
Keywords: verifyme
Jorge, can you explicitly set the OS to "ALL" for those blocklist entries?
OH! And you need to specify the comparator as EQUAL.
Done. Does 'Feature Status' need to be set to anything?
Also done :)
Ok, Juan, should be ready for testing again :)
Tried it again, but the about:suppport information still says "Direct2D Enabled: true."

The blocklist entry is updated with the information added, but the only thing that I see different from other similar blocklist entries is that it is missing a "device" parameter. Other than that, I don't know why it's about:support is still showing Direct2D as enabled.
Ugh ugh ugh. I am so bad at this.

Can you change the OS to the literal "All" instead of "ALL"? It's case-sensitive because I am new at this apparently.

I've tested a blocklist xml file with this change and it worked for me (while spoofing vendor and driver).
It's working now on staging. The blocklist is updated, and the information in about:support now says D2D is blocked for this driver version.
Thanks for sticking with me, Jorge and Juan. Let's push this live and see what it does to crash stats.
The blocks are now live, ids 144 and 146.
Closed: 8 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Blocks: 744043
No longer blocks: 744043
Depends on: 744043
Blocks: 793869
No longer blocks: 793869
I've verified this in production.
Keywords: qawanted
Keywords: verifyme
So all acceleration for users with AMD/ATI graphics on Windows is now disabled? That seems a little drastic, doesn't it?
(In reply to James May [:fowl] from comment #22)
> That seems a little drastic, doesn't it?
Do you have a better solution because crashes were occurring behind the empty crash signature with no way to correlate to specific GPUs or user's configurations?
AMD releases a new driver version every two months, you just need to wait Catalyst 12.9.
Actually, it's only users with Catalyst 12.8. Earlier or later versions aren't blocked.
Catalyst 12.9 Beta is released and fixes some memory corruptions with Firefox:
@Scoobidiver, thx. As a technical user i would have loved to be notified of this driver block.
(In reply to Dennis Jakobsen from comment #26)
> @Scoobidiver, thx. As a technical user i would have loved to be notified of
> this driver block.
Notifying such a thing would worry more people that don't even know HW acceleration than reassure a few technical users such as you. You can add the link in comment 20 and also to your RSS.
ok, i realize the implications of such a notification.

That RSS feed does not include a single ATI/Amd Driver entry, so that's hardly useful.

The beta driver is also blocked and nowhere to be found on the block list
I installed the driver you linked and it seems to use the Win8 driver version scheme and is also blocked, which is not indicated on the Block List:

Win7 x64 - AMD Radeon 7850
Driver version:

I can't find a block request for this driver in bugzilla.
(In reply to Dennis Jakobsen from comment #28)
> The beta driver is also blocked
It's not intentionally blocked. Please file a new bug in the Core - Graphics component. Provide the Graphics section of your about:support in that bug.
I just installed the 12.9 beta Catalyst package and cannot reproduce Dennis' issue.
I think it comes down to details like:

1. did you uninstall the old driver first?
2. did you reboot after install?
3. both

Windows keeps older driver installs, so if you install a new one on top.. and uninstall it again, you'll be back where you started.

If Firefox looks in the registry, maybe the old version lingers on case 1 or 2 ?

Anyway, i uninstalled all drivers i could and did a fresh install of, rebooted and i'm not seeing any blocked drivers anymore.
I know what the problem was: Firefox doesn't immediately refresh what driver is installed for the purposes of blocking. It re-evalutes its decision daily when downloading the driver blocklist. Therefore, you might need to wait up to a day for the driver blacklisting decision to be re-evaluated.
Blocks: 790808
Product: → Toolkit
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