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I have an ACER Aspire 5738DG with Ubuntu 12.10 on it.

The graphics are ATI 4570HD. Once I tried to install drivers and I had troubles deleting the drivers because of screen errors. On my Windows 7 preinstalled version I had a TriDef 3D application to show multimedia in 3D (with glasses).

I switched to Ubuntu. Is there something I can do with my 3D hardware? I'd like to try programming graphical stuff in 3D. What skills do I need for this?

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TriDef actually converts traditional 2D media into 3D by figuring out the 3d geometries that may be present in a 2.5D image and translating them into some form of stereoscopic encoding (color bands, blanking, or any number of methods depending on what the hardware supports).

At this time I am not aware that any stereoscopic 3d hardware is supported at all on GNU/Linux. This technology is heavily patented, and there is very little consumer demand on the Linux platform for the functionality, so I think it will very likely be many years (if ever) until we see any driver support for this -- particularly in the open source drivers.

Also, the future is stereoscopic 3d protocol used by HDMI 1.4, which your card is too old to support.... I think if this support ever did come (e.g. with OpenGL 4.2), your best bet would be to get a Radeon HD6000 series or later, which supports HDMI 1.4, and a monitor supporting HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic 3d protocol.

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really? there is no way that i can make a program to put a box on a white screen in 3d on my system? – Super Ubuntu Jan 3 '13 at 14:58
in think that if i have the hardware and it is working , it should be possible to use some kind of 3d view,monitor oder whatsever. – Super Ubuntu Jan 3 '13 at 15:00
No, stereoscopic 3d (most types, anyway) require very specific hardware support. 1960s-style 3d using anaglyph glasses (one lens red and one lens cyan) does not require any hardware support, just properly timed alternating images; but it will be extremely unrealistic unless your monitor is at least 120 Hz (60 Hz for each eye). As I said you need actual hardware support for the HDMI 1.4 stereoscopic protocol, requiring a newer graphics card and probably a newer monitor, and supporting drivers, which don't exist on Linux. So it's a long way away. – allquixotic Jan 3 '13 at 15:06
ok, and if i install windows7 back, can i make applications with 3d? – Super Ubuntu Jan 3 '13 at 15:13
AMD's official answer about stereoscopic 3d on Linux is that consumer displays are not supported so please stop claiming that it will work on Linux. "PC" is not "Linux". Windows is not Linux and Linux is not Windows. They are separate platforms entirely. – allquixotic Jan 3 '13 at 15:44

TriDef is not for Linux, but you can make your own 3D software. Just split the screen in two, render the Left image on the left side and the Right image on the right side. Enable Side-By-Side mode on your 3D monitor to view.

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