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Installing and using fglrx drivers on Arch Linux should be a piece of cake, as the distro provides pre-built packages in its official repos, accessible through the pacman package manager.
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The installation instructions I've taken straight from Arch's own wiki page, linked below in the External Resources section.
 
 
 
==Installation==
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
===Before you start===
 
You'll need to install the necessary programs
 
{{Box Terminal|
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> pacman -S xf86-input-evdev<br />
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> pacman -S xf86-input-mouse<br/>
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> pacman -S xf86-input-keyboard<br/>
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> /etc/rc.d/hal start<br/>
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> pacman -Rd libgl
 
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{{Box Terminal|
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> pacman -Sy catalyst catalyst-utils<br/>
 
<nowiki>#</nowiki> aticonfig --initial     
 
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====Notes====
 
 
 
* These packages contain '''only''' the kernel module, and depend on the <code>catalyst-utils</code> package.  The <code>catalyst-utils</code> package is kernel-independent and provides the libraries and utilities for Xorg, including ATI's own <code>libGL.so</code>.
 
* After installing the package, you'll need to either <code>source /etc/profile</code> or log out, then back in to set up the environment properly.
 
* If you run both <code>kernel26</code> and <code>kernel26beyond</code> then install both catalyst module packages.  They won't conflict with one another.
 
 
 
=== Custom Kernels ===
 
 
 
To install catalyst for a custom kernel, you'll need to build your own <code>catalyst-$kernel</code> package, containing the kernel module compiled specifically for your kernel.
 
 
 
If you are at all uncomfortable or inexperienced making packages, read up Arch's [http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ABS ABS] wiki page first so things go smoothly.
 
 
 
==== Obtaining PKGBUILD ====
 
Obtain the <code>PKGBUILD</code> and <code>catalyst.install</code> files from CVS or ABS.  Either:
 
 
 
* Visit http://www.archlinux.org/packages.php?id=10416 and click "View CVS Entries" to find them, or
 
* Run <code>abs</code> as root and locate the files in <code>/var/abs/extra/modules/catalyst</code>.
 
 
 
==== Editing the PKGBUILD and building ====
 
Three changes need to be made here:
 
 
 
'''First''', change
 
    pkgname=catalyst
 
to
 
    pkgname=catalyst-KERNEL_NAME
 
where KERNEL_NAME is whatever you want (custom, mm, themostawesomekernelever)
 
 
 
'''Second''', remove <code>kernel26</code> from the dependencies list.
 
 
 
'''Third''', change
 
    _kernver=2.6.15-ARCH
 
to
 
    _kernver=`uname -r`
 
(or directly insert the output of uname -r '''when running your custom kernel''' there)
 
 
 
Finally, build and install the package.  (<code>makepkg -i</code> or <code>makepkg</code> followed by <code>pacman -A pkgname.pkg.tar.gz</code>)
 
 
 
==== Notes ====
 
 
 
* No changes need to be made to the <code>catalyst-utils</code> package, which is completely kernel-independent.  '''All''' you need to do is compile a kernel module.
 
* To build and run the catalyst kernel module with 2.6.16 kernels, patches are needed! Check out the cvs entries for catalyst in testing for the required patch.
 
 
 
==Related Resources==
 
* [http://www.archlinux.org Arch Linux Homepage]
 
* [http://bbs.archlinux.org Arch Linux Forums]
 
* http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ATI
 
 
 
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[[Category:Distributions]]
 

Revision as of 06:51, 22 January 2012

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