Weird Radeon + Firefox hardware acceleration bug

I upgraded to Catalyst 11.04 and had strange issues with Firefox 4. Viewing a page was like all “fuzzy” or “blurry”. What was strange was as I keep moving my mouse, it got even worse. It was like running the “Blur” filter on Photoshop over and over again till nothing was readable. I decided to disable hardware acceleration and then everything was back normal.

Looks like I wasn’t the only one ->

Looking over some settings in Catalyst and playing around, I found if I disabled “Morphological filtering” under the “3D Application Settings” the problem disappeared.

Hopefully this gets fixed in the next release of Catalyst.

2nd Semester – 5th Day

In this class, we learned the use of どうして (DOUSHITE) which means “Why” and the response から (KARA) which means “Because”.

We then went into the use of ほしい (HOSHII) for “want” or “would like”. And because of this, we learned the “TAI” forms of verbs like たべたい (TABETAI) for “want to eat”. The negative form is like the previous “I” adjectives where we add くない (KUNAI) so it becomes たべてくない (TABETEKUNAI). I actually learned the more polite form before which was たべたく ありません (TABETAKU ARIMASEN).

2nd Semester – 4th Day

In this class, we started off with the use of そして (SOSHITE) which means “and” to combine same forms (positive/negative) sentences. We then when and used が (GA) which I believe is used as “but” or “although” to combine opposite forms of sentences.

We then used が (GA) again but this time used with an object to ask for an opinion. Like 「さかな が すきですか。」 (SAKANA GA SUKI DESU KA) which ask “Do you like fish?”. This is sort of confusing because we also used は (WA) to indicate a subject as well. According to my book on particles, both が (GA) and は(WA) are used to indicate subject but when to use the correct one is often difficult and confusing.

It also was confusing because we used が (GA) as a conjunction in the same day.

2nd Semester – 3rd Day

Falling behind on my posts because I got sick 🙁 So time for catch up.

In this class, we learned about adjectives that mainly end with the “I” ending.

We used どんな (DONNA) to ask “what kind of object is this?” like if this is a big or little object.

We also used どう (DOU) to ask similarly the same question except in negative form we use くない (KUNAI) form of the adjective. I don’t really understand the use of どう (DOU) in this phrase. Looking in the dictionary I see it mainly means “How” but can also mean “What”. I mainly hear it used as “How is it?” or “What should I do?”. But in this phase it seems it is used as “What is this?” and answered as “It is big.”. I just don’t really understand why use どう (DOU) instead of なん (NAN) and why どう (DOU) would be asking for the kind/type.

We then learned about degree for like saying something is really big or only a little big. Going from a 100% degree to 0% we used とても (TOTEMO), まあまあ (MAAMAA), すこし (SUKOSHI) / あまり (AMARI) and ぜんぜん (ZENZEN).

Next, we went on to adjectives with the な (NA) ending which doesn’t have the くない (KUNAI) negative forms.

We also briefly talked about some holidays in Japan.

2nd Semester – 2nd Day

This class we briefly went back to dates. We learn the use of こんげつ (KONGETSU), らいげつ (RAIGETSU) and せんげつ (SENGENTSU) for this, next and last month. We did the same for weeks as well by changing げつ (GETSU) for month to しゅう (SHUU) for weeks. We then went into the seasons with はる (HARU), なつ (NATSU), あき (AKI) and ふゆ (FUYU) for spring, summer, fall and winter.

We then went into the use of に (NI) to indicate the direction/destination of an action. We mainly used the verbs あげる (AGERU) for give and もらう (MORAU) for receive. But it is also used for like writing a letter and calling someone.

2nd Semester – 1st Day

First day of the 2nd semester, we did a quick review of the stuff we did last semester.

For the new stuff, we briefly went into days of the week, the day after tomorrow – あさって (ASATTE) and the day before yesterday – おととい (OTOTOI).

We then went into the use of も (MO) for also the use for the emphasis of nothing like なにも (NANI MO) and どこも (DOKO MO). Afterwords, we went into the use of で (DE) for indicating the tool used for an action. For example, はしで すしを たべます (HASHI DE SUSHI O TABEMASU) means “I eat sushi with chopsticks”. Now making our long sentence from last semester even longer :).

We also talked about まいあさ (MAI-ASA), まいばん (MAI-BAN) and まいにち (MAI-NICHI) for every morning/night/day like for a daily routine. Strangely, there is no every afternoon.

Final Day of 1st Semester

In our final lesson, we learned about adjectives. So we started with ones we already know like おおきい (OOKII) and ちいさい (CHIISAI) for big and small. We then went on to various other adjectives and their opposites like たかい (TAKAI) and やすい (YASUI) for expensive and cheap. We then went on get the negative forms where we change the ending of い (I) with くない (KUNAI) so for big it changes from おおきい (OOKII) to おおきくない (OOKIKUNAI) meaning “not big”.

We then went into money and given play money to see the various coins and bills. We learn how to ask “How much?” as いくら ですか。 (IKURA DESU KA?) which would be very useful if we ever go to Japan to shop ^_^. We re-visited counting and went from じゅう (JYUU) for 10, ひゃく (HYAKU) for 10, せん (SEN) for 1000 and まん (MAN) for 10,000. 10,000 though has to be explicitly stated as いち まん (ICHI MAN) even if it is just 10,000.

That closes the 1st semester. Reviewing back through the textbook though is that we skipped certain pages mainly the unique counting and time. Hopefully we were learn that in 2nd semester.

8th Day of Class

Following up from last week’s lesson, we dealt with the negative forms of いく (IKU) which was simply replacing it with -sen form of the verb. With the exception of the past tense where we also add でした (DESHITA) which is the past form of です (DESU).

We learning on how to say for walk when you are not using a vehicle as a method of transport which is あるいて (ARUITE). This is actually the -te form of あるく (ARUKU) which means walk. I still not 100% sure when to use -te forms of verbs. I think it is because the “walk” compliments the verb of “going”. I assume the reason the “walk” verb is using -te form instead of “going” verb is because “going” is at the end of the sentence.

We then briefly went into relationships where we went from ともだち (TOMODACHI) meaning friends, to かれし (KARESHI) and かのじょ (KANOJO) for boyfriend and girlfriend and ごしゅじん (GOSHUJIN) and あくさん (OKUSAN) for husband and wife. Also ひとり (HITORI) for when using alone. We used these words for when traveling with a partner.

We then combined sentences for when saying we are going to this place then we are doing something with this. In this case, we used それから (SOREKARA) which means “then”. We also learned to remove redundancy where if we are talking about the same place or same person, we don’t repeat it in the next sentence. Strange we didn’t go into other “connecting” words like そうして (SOUSHITE) which means “and”.

We are then given a hand out of a quick summary of the entire semester in English. Useful for people who didn’t know the meaning of the particles.

The next lesson would be the last lesson for the 1st semester.


7th Day of Class

Forgot to make a post about this last week.

In this class, we focused on travel. In the previous lesson of verbs, we were talking about a person at a place with an object and what the person does with it. Now we use a method of transport like a bus – ばす (BASU) to get to a place using the verb いく (IKU). So the sentence becomes ひとは もので ところへ どうし basically meaning “This person riding this thing goes to this place”.

We also use the verb くる (KURU) for asking someone to come over and かえる (KAERU) for returning home.

The new particle for this lesson was へ (pronounced as え (E)). In this lesson, it is used to indicate the direction of travel (in our case, a place). But a few more researching around shows, it is also used to show destination, direction or goal of the action. Like it can be used for giving, sending, to put and to place.

6th Day of Class

Today we mainly learned about time. To start off we reviewed the numbers from 1 to 10. We briefly went on to the higher numbers (where you basically do n * 10 + num) but never went to 100 (ひゃく – HYAKU).

We then went on to hours (じ – JI) then on to month (がつ – GATSU) and day (にち – NICHI).

Next, we went to the periods of a day. あさ (ASA) for morning, ひる (HIRU) for afternoon and ばん (BAN) for night. And just when I thought last lesson’s sentence can’t get any longer, we added the time period into the sentence with きょうの (KYOU NO) and the period.

At the end of the class, we went on to common greetings. For example, おはよ (OHAYO), すみません (SUMIMASEN), いただきます (ITADAKIMASU) and so forth. Interestingly, it seems the class knew most of them. We only briefly went into the politeness for example adding ございます (GOZAIMASU) but I think most of the class knew when to add them.