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    ATI Catalyst 9.x fglrx driver manual install on Fedora 11

    UPDATE 8/28/2009: I now recommend that people install the new packages instead of the manual instructions below, see this link:
    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=155503 (Howto for fglrx/catalyst (Ati driver) and Compiz-fusion)
    NOTE: After installing the packages, I had to do the things at the following link to make the above packages work:
    http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showpo...postcount=3564


    If you still want to install the driver manually (you do not need to if you install the packages above), the instructions are below:

    Fedora 11 ATI fglrx driver manual install notes
    Updated: 10/12/2009
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    First, see if your graphics card is supported by the ATI Catalyst 9.8 driver by reading the PDF release notes here: https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...t_98_linux.pdf

    IMPORTANT: The manual method applies to your active kernel. So if you later update your kernel you will need to recompile the fglrx.ko module and initrd or uninstall then reinstall the fglrx driver package. See NOTES section below.

    My experience with the ATI fglrx driver was on this:
    Fedora 11 32-bit
    ATI 4850 graphics card

    # Run all of the following commands as the "root" userID

    # update your system
    yum update

    # reboot to boot on any new kernel installed
    init 6

    # backup old /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, if there is one:
    cd /etc/X11
    mv xorg.conf xorg.conf-old

    # Get and install fglrx driver (this compiles the fglrx kernel module for your active kernel)
    # Get Catalyst 9.8 driver for Linux here: http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html
    # Put "ati-driver-installer-9-8-x86.x86_64.run" Catalyst 9.8 driver file in /tmp/ati and run it to install driver
    # NOTE: the driver install is a graphical install
    mkdir /tmp/ati
    cp /path/to/ati-driver-installer-9-8-x86.x86_64.run /tmp/ati
    cd /tmp/ati
    sh ./ati-driver-installer-9-8-x86.x86_64.run

    # Run the following as root
    Code:
    aticonfig --set-pcs-str="DDX,EnableRandR12,FALSE"
    REMOVE the following line from from your /etx/X11/xorg.conf file, if it is there:
    Code:
    Option "SWCursor" "true"
    # Add the following lines to the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file:
    blacklist radeon
    blacklist radeonhd

    # Backup old initrd and remake initrd
    cd /boot
    mv initrd-`uname -r`.img initrd-`uname -r`.img-original
    mkinitrd -v /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`

    # Reboot to activate new ATI fglrx driver
    init 6

    # To fix selinux issue with aticonfig, run the following line as "root" userID:
    chcon -t textrel_shlib_t '/usr/lib/libatiadlxx.so'

    # To change your resolution using ATI Catalyst Control Center, run this as the "root" userID:
    amdcccle

    NOTES:
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # IMPORTANT: When you later update your kernel, you will need to uninstall fglrx and then reinstall fglrx for the new kernel.
    # Note, you can probably just recompile the fglrx.ko module instead of uninstall and reinstall, but I will have to test this with the next kernel update:
    # Example:
    cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod
    ./make.sh
    # Backup old initrd and remake initrd
    cd /boot
    mv initrd-`uname -r`.img initrd-`uname -r`.img-oldfglrx
    mkinitrd -v /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`

    # To UNINSTALL the fglrx driver, run the following as root:
    cd /usr/share/ati
    sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh
    # remove following 2 lines from /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file:
    blacklist radeon
    blacklist radeonhd
    # revert to original initrd
    cd /boot
    mv initrd-`uname -r`.img-original initrd-`uname -r`.img
    # or, if you don't have your original initrd, just remake it:
    mv initrd-`uname -r`.img initrd-`uname -r`.img-fglrx
    mkinitrd -v /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`
    # Re-install original mesa-libGL library:
    yum reinstall mesa-libGL

    # aticonfig command options:
    # To fix selinux issue with aticonfig, run the following line as "root" userID:
    chcon -t textrel_shlib_t '/usr/lib/libatiadlxx.so'
    # help:
    aticonfig -h
    # generate initial basic ATI /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
    aticonfig --initial
    # temperature:
    aticonfig --od-gettemperature
    # clocks:
    aticonfig --od-getclocks
    # fanspeed:
    aticonfig --pplib-cmd "get fanspeed 0"

    # To see fglrx info:
    fglrxinfo

    # Useful Referenced Links:
    Howto for fglrx (Ati driver) and Compiz-fusion: http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=155503
    ATI Adapters xorg.conf specifications: http://www.x.org/archive/X11R6.8.0/doc/ati5.html
    fglrx man page: http://debian.wgdd.de/temp/fglrx_man/fglrx.4x.html
    fglrx wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fglrx
    Phoronix AMD/ATI Linux forum: http://www.phoronix.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=19
    Last edited by Jeff72; 13th October 2009 at 05:18 AM.

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    Thanks for your post. I'm confused why do you use ATI 64 bit for installation on 32 bit system. Is that a typo error?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blueskynis
    Thanks for your post. I'm confused why do you use ATI 64 bit for installation on 32 bit system. Is that a typo error?
    Hi,

    He didn't make any 'typo error'. That apparent confusion comes from the fact that ATI releases both drivers (32/64) in the same file.

    BTW, to the OP, thanks for the guide. Tonight I'll try it in 64bit Fedora 11.

    Thanks,
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    1TB Toshiba HDD, TSSTcorp DVD-RW.
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    OK, thanks for clearing that up.
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    I thought it didn't work with the newest xserver?

    Oh well, I'll try that later.

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    Thread "stickied" after consult with OP.

    Thanks Jeff72,
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    Thanks for posting this guide.

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    Is RPM Fusion no longer maintaining the kmod-fglrx packages for AMD/ATI video drivers? In the past I'd used those for video drivers but I don't see them in the repository for Fedora 11. Seeing this manual install guide confuses me because everyone always says manually installing the video drivers overwrites many system files that can't be repaired even if the driver is removed. Am I missing something?

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    Is RPM Fusion no longer maintaining the kmod-fglrx packages for AMD/ATI video drivers? In the past I'd used those for video drivers but I don't see them in the repository for Fedora 11.
    Yes, they are - but up until a day or two ago, there simply was no such driver (that worked on F11) to maintain. Give them a few more days to get some RPMs built.....
    Seeing this manual install guide confuses me because everyone always says manually installing the video drivers overwrites many system files that can't be repaired even if the driver is removed.
    Correct: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Xorg/..._Video_Drivers
    But as of today, there is only one option: binary installer. Better than nothing? As long as you know the possible consequences.... And the "damage" can (usually) be repaired, if necessary.

    HTH,
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    Great information! I'll probably hold out for another week and see if RPM Fusion has the new drivers packaged and go from there. I just switched from Ubuntu back to Fedora and wasn't up to speed with the situation. Thanks!

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    I really don't mean to hammer on the binary drivers (which usually work well), but here's yet another example of what can happen with such binary "blobs": http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showth...60#post1256860

    Note that, as the posts before that point out, the vast majority of "casual" users will never notice any problems - unless and until they do something that exposes such issues (like: switch driver/hardware, try to compile stuff that needs libGL*, & etc.).

    Just so you know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hlingler
    I really don't mean to hammer on the binary drivers (which usually work well), but here's yet another example of what can happen with such binary "blobs": http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showth...60#post1256860

    Note that, as the posts before that point out, the vast majority of "casual" users will never notice any problems - unless and until they do something that exposes such issues (like: switch driver/hardware, try to compile stuff that needs libGL*, & etc.).

    Just so you know....

    V
    I've used the binary drivers for nVidia a few times and if I remember right they break when the kernel gets updated, which is pretty often if letting the system update. Not sure if AMD/ATI drivers are the same in that sense. Thanks again for the info!

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    Might as well point out here for the record:

    Yes, the binary driver "blob" must be re-installed after a kernel (or Xorg, Mesa, or libdrm) update, for no other reason than it has to re-build your new kmod.

    Yes, that's fairly often with Fedora.

    Yes, any binary video driver package using kmods (NVidia, ATI) is the same in that respect.

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    Nope, OP's first idea doesn't work with the ATI drivers for my card (X1200.)

    I get:

    which: no XFree86 in (/usr/lib64/qt-3.3/bin:/usr/kerberos/sbin:/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:bin)

    Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version. default:v2:x86_64:lib::none:2.6.30.5-32.fc11.x86_64:make sure that the version is being correctly set by --iscurrentdistro
    Is there anything else I can try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Replicant10000
    Nope, OP's first idea doesn't work with the ATI drivers for my card (X1200.)

    I get:



    Is there anything else I can try?
    The latest Catalyst release that this post talks about doesn't support that chipset anyway (probably not why you get the error though). Warning, its a PDF link.

    https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...t_98_linux.pdf

    Only Radeon X3000 or newer is supported in the binary drivers from now on. I think Catalyst 9.3 was the last to support that chipset but it might be newer than that if the release notes say so. Cheers!

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