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  1. #1
    leigh123linux Guest

    Howto for fglrx / catalyst (Ati driver)

    EDIT: Added January 5, 2012


    Howto for F16 & F19 (there is no catalyst driver from rpmfusion repository for F20 and higher)


    Click this link to make sure your card is supported by this driver (All ATI cards below the HD series are unsupported, in F17 all HD4xxx and below are unsupported)





    0. Clean: IF you previously installed this driver using the binary package provided by AMD-ATI, you must un-install it, then repair Mesa:
    Code:
    su
    yum reinstall mesa-libGL
    1. Update kernel

    Code:
    su
    yum update kernel
    reboot to the new kernel


    2. Install driver

    install the rpmfusion driver

    Using akmod: This is the best option in my opinion as you don't get any problems when a new kernel is released.
    Code:
    su
    yum --nogpgcheck install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install akmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    Or using kmod (which saves a bit of disk space but will have problems with every kernel update.)

    Code:
    su
    yum --nogpgcheck install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install kmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    For PAE kernels


    Code:
    su
    yum --nogpgcheck install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install kmod-catalyst-PAE xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686 xorg-x11-drv-catalyst
    Or (akmod builds the required kmod on bootup)

    3. Make sure radeon is removed from initramfs


    Code:
    su
    mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-radeon.img
    dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
    4. Reboot











    Quote Originally Posted by deprecated old content
    Howto for F16


    I haven't bothered to do a F16 guide as the catalyst driver is complete garbage.
    Do yourself a favour and use the open source Radeon driver, if this isn't good enough BUY A NVIDIA CARD INSTEAD.
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 5th January 2014 at 11:56 AM. Reason: Content added.

  2. #2
    leigh123linux Guest
    Howto for F15 (Please note that gnome-shell doesn't work with fglrx)



    Click this link to make sure your card is supported by this driver ( All ATI cards below the HD series are unsupported )





    0. Clean: IF you previously installed this driver using the binary package provided by AMD-ATI, you must un-install it, then repair Mesa:
    Code:
    su
    yum reinstall mesa-libGL




    1. Update kernel


    Code:
    su
    yum update kernel
    reboot to the new kernel


    2. Install driver

    install the F15 rpmfusion driver

    Using akmod: This is the best option in my opinion as you don't get any problems when a new kernel is released.

    Code:
    su
    rpm -Uvh   http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm     http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install akmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst  xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    Or using kmod (which saves a bit of disk space but will have problems with every kernel update.)

    Code:
    su -
    rpm -Uvh   http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm     http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install kmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    For PAE kernels


    Code:
    su -
    rpm -Uvh   http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm     http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install kmod-catalyst-PAE xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686  xorg-x11-drv-catalyst
    Or (akmod builds the required kmod on bootup )


    3. Reboot






    .
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 3rd November 2010 at 09:32 AM. Reason: .

  3. #3
    leigh123linux Guest
    Howto for F14


    Click this link to make sure your card is supported by this driver ( All ATI cards below the HD series are unsupported )





    0. Clean: IF you previously installed this driver using the binary package provided by AMD-ATI, you must un-install it, then repair Mesa:
    Code:
    su
    yum reinstall mesa-libGL




    1. Update kernel


    Code:
    su
    yum update kernel
    reboot to the new kernel


    2. Install driver

    install the F14 rpmfusion driver

    Using akmod: This is the best option in my opinion as you don't get any problems when a new kernel is released.

    Code:
    su
    rpm -Uvh    http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm       http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum  install   akmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst    xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    Or using kmod (which saves a bit of disk space but will have problems with every kernel update.)

    Code:
    su -
    rpm -Uvh   http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm     http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install kmod-catalyst  xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686
    For PAE kernels


    Code:
    su -
    rpm -Uvh   http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm     http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm
    yum install  kmod-catalyst-PAE xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs.i686   xorg-x11-drv-catalyst
    Or (akmod builds the required kmod on bootup )


    3. Reboot





    .
    Last edited by leigh123linux; 3rd November 2010 at 09:31 AM. Reason: .

  4. #4
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    yeaaah. its pretty

    games seem to run horribly now though, is there a solution for this?

  5. #5
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by distr0
    yeaaah. its pretty

    games seem to run horribly now though, is there a solution for this?
    When I play games I normally disable the effects.

    try

    gnome-xgl-switch --disable-xgl

  6. #6
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    yep, games run alot smoother with xgl disabled

    im glad i swiched to i686, i was having major issues with fglrx in x64, everything just WORKS now running 32 bit

  7. #7
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    To play a game, run it with "noXgl <myGame>".

    Rem: the command "gnome-xgl-switch" is not supported with my script: don't use it !

  8. #8
    leigh123linux Guest

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by nicofo
    To play a game, run it with "noXgl <myGame>".

    Rem: the command "gnome-xgl-switch" is not supported with my script: don't use it !
    Hi nicofo,

    Great script ( I hope you don't mind me using it in my howto ) , I was aware that the switches were different .
    Being a Nvidia user I have been unable to test so I was unable to include any switches.
    Could you please post any more usefull switches.

    Many thanks Leigh

  9. #9
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    when I do "fglrxinfo" on the terminal I get this:

    Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
    display: :0.0 screen: 0
    OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org
    OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
    OpenGL version string: 1.2 (1.5 Mesa 6.5.1)
    nothing shows ATI, is this good or bad? apart from that, everything went ok, it automatically changed "radeon" to "fglrx" on xorg.conf.

    and when I type glxinfo i get the following:

    name of display: :0.0
    Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
    display: :0 screen: 0
    direct rendering: No
    server glx vendor string: SGI
    server glx version string: 1.2
    server glx extensions:
    GLX_ARB_multisample, GLX_EXT_visual_info, GLX_EXT_visual_rating,
    GLX_EXT_import_context, GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, GLX_OML_swap_method,
    GLX_SGI_make_current_read, GLX_SGIS_multisample, GLX_SGIX_hyperpipe,
    GLX_SGIX_swap_barrier, GLX_SGIX_fbconfig, GLX_MESA_copy_sub_buffer
    Last edited by joao82; 23rd May 2007 at 02:56 PM.
    Acer 5101 - AMD Turion64 MK36 2.0GHz - ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 128MB (set to 64MB) - 512MB DDR2 - 60 GB HDD - Atheros AR5BMB5 802.11b/g wireless LAN
    Fedora Core 6 - kernel 2.6.20-1.2948.fc6 - KDE 3.5.6 - Firefox 2.0.0

  10. #10
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by joao82
    when I do "fglrxinfo" on the terminal I get this:



    nothing shows ATI, is this good or bad? apart from that, everything went ok, it automatically changed "radeon" to "fglrx" on xorg.conf.

    and when I type glxinfo i get the following:
    1. Did you edit your xorg.conf as described in section 3 ?
    2. Did you restart X or reboot as this is needed . ?

    if the above steps fail post the output from

    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep EE


    and


    cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep WW

  11. #11
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    i am definitly going to like this i think, as soon as i get all my other hardware (mainly my wireless linksys system) then i will try this out!!
    LINUX NUMBER 389596
    machine number 290131

  12. #12
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    sorry, i forgot to do "fglrx-config-display enable"
    everything is exactly how you described now. I can now vote on the poll =)
    Acer 5101 - AMD Turion64 MK36 2.0GHz - ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 128MB (set to 64MB) - 512MB DDR2 - 60 GB HDD - Atheros AR5BMB5 802.11b/g wireless LAN
    Fedora Core 6 - kernel 2.6.20-1.2948.fc6 - KDE 3.5.6 - Firefox 2.0.0

  13. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by leigh123@linux
    Hi nicofo,

    Great script ( I hope you don't mind me using it in my howto ) , I was aware that the switches were different .
    Being a Nvidia user I have been unable to test so I was unable to include any switches.
    Could you please post any more usefull switches.

    Many thanks Leigh
    Hi,

    there is no other command to know except chooseCompositeWM. To summarize the useful commands:
    • noXgl to play a game or use a 3D application. The "-a" option is useful for windowed applications (ex: noXgl ppracer / noXgl -a googleearth)
    • chooseCompositeWM to choose between beryl or compiz (==> you don't need to run them manually). This command is also located in System -> Preferences -> XGL Window Manager [gnome] or K Menu -> Settings -> XGL Window Manager [KDE]

    They are all described http://nicofo.tuxfamily.org/dotclear...eryl-on-fedora as well.

    And finally, to start / stop using XGL, there is no command for that: you have just to log in and choose or not the XGL session at the login screen.

    Enjoy your 3D desktop with ATI
    Last edited by nicofo; 24th June 2007 at 11:08 AM.
    Install XGL on Fedora, easily: Automatic Installation of XGL
    NEW - propose to install compiz-fusion as well !

  14. #14
    leigh123linux Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by nicofo
    Hi,

    there is no other command to know except chooseCompositeWM. To summarize the useful commands:
    • noXgl to play a game or use a 3D application. The "-a" option is useful for windowed applications (ex: noXgl ppracer / noXgl -a googleearth)
    • chooseCompositeWM to choose between beryl or compiz (==> you don't need to run them manually). This command is also located in System -> Preferences -> XGL Window Manager [gnome] or K Menu -> Settings -> XGL Window Manager [KDE]

    They are all described http://nicofo.tuxfamily.org/dotclear...eryl-on-fedora as well.

    And finally, to start / stop using XGL, there is no command for that: you have just to log in and choose or not the XGL session at the login screen.

    Enjoy your 3D desktop with ATI
    Thanks Leigh

  15. #15
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    i must have fudged up somewhere

    okay here is what i did and have:

    i have a fully operational and fresh install of fc7test4
    i have the i686 kernel
    i have yum and downloaded the packages,

    what i don have
    i don't have the the namechange from mesa to ati in the xorg.conf
    when i tell it to do "service fglrx restart" it says
    Code:
     bash: service: command not found
    when i reboot it tells me that itś enabling the fglrx and that it may take a while, that works out okay and passes, then whenit should load my xserver it fails and says i fudged something up and that it will repair it =/

    what would you suggest i do next?


    oh btw, i have my xorg.conf exactly like described
    LINUX NUMBER 389596
    machine number 290131

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