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Documentation to install the ATi Linux driver under the different distributions of GNU/Linux.

Installing ATI Proprietary Catalyst driver 8.3 posted March 5th 2008 on Debian Lenny (testing)

This was tested by running the automated install:

OPTIONALLY Update /etc/apt/sources.list to include non free as follows, DON'T JUST ADD THESE LINES
Change just the last parts, where it says lenny main contrib non-free or main contrib non-free

deb http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/distributions/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
deb-src http://mirrors.usc.edu/pub/linux/distributions/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free

Code:
apt-get update
apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf bzip2 wget #OPTIONAL
aptitude install linux-headers-2.6.22-3-amd64 #REQUIRED FOR DRIVER TO COMPILE KERNEL MODULE
cd /var/tmp
su -
wget https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/64bit/ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run
bash ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run.bin

Follow screen for automatic installation.

aticonfig --initial
REBOOT REBOOT REBOOT

My xorg.conf including textured 3d settings is available at:
http://www.trbailey.net/xorg.conf
or
http://www.trbailey.net/xorg.conf.copy

DO NOT JUST COPY IT UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ELO TOUCHSYSTEMS 17" MONITOR WITHOUT TOUCH SCREEN OVERLAY!
AT THE VERY LEAST YOU NEED TO REMOVE THE HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL REFRESH LINES UNDER MONITOR TO MAKE IT WORK

Install compiz and set fglrx whitelist

apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compizconfig-backend-gconf compiz-core compiz-fusion-plugins-extra compiz-fusion-plugins-main

Now edit /usr/bin/compiz

Find this line:

WHITELIST="nvidia intel ati radeon i810"

Change it to:

WHITELIST="fglrx nvidia intel ati radeon i810"

Save it

Test in terminal first:

Enter: compiz --replace
Fiddle to your hearts content
If all works OK.
System -> Preferences -> Sessions
ADD
Desc: Compiz Compisiting manager
Command: compiz --replace
SAVE, LOG off then logon again
Play...