Debian Installation Guide
2007-11, see http://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo
As of November 2005, ATI's drivers are in the non-free area of Debian. Make sure your /etc/apt/sources.list contains "contrib non-free" as well as main. You will, however, have to build your own kernel modules.
Warning: do not mix the non-free packages with the packages created by the installer as they will conflict in non-obvious ways. Before switching from one method to another, completely remove all fglrx-related packages. Never do upgrade from one method to another directly!
- 1 Which install method?
- 2 Compile the kernel driver
- 3 Update the xorg.conf file (Configuration)
- 4 Confirm that it worked
Which install method?
There are two methods that can be used to install the fglrx driver in Debian. The first, and recommended way is to use the native Debian packages directly from the non-free repository. The second, which may be required for newly release drivers, is to generate the Debian packages directly from the ATI installer. Both methods are documented here. After the packages are installed, the remaining steps are common, regardless of the install method chosen.
Method 2: Generating/Installing Debian packages from the ATI installer
Download the ATI driver installer
I cannot recommend the latest release ati-driver-installer-8-8-x86.x86_64.run so I down graded to ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run after many crashes and corrupted screens, so far this version is better for me. still more testing to do
Build the Debian packages
Change to the download directory.
su cd ~ apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf bzip2 wget libstdc++5 wget -c https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/64bit/ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run ./ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run --extract fglrx cd fglrx cd arch/x86_64/usr/X11R6 ln -s lib64 lib ## One more link needed for 8.2 ## begin 8.2 ln -sf libfglrx_gamma.so.1.0 lib/libfglrx_gamma.so.1 ## end 8.2 ;-) cd ~- ./packages/Debian/ati-packager.sh --buildpkg etch #replace with lenny or sid when appropriate cd .. dpkg -i fglrx-driver_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-driver-dev_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-kernel-src_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.42.3-1_amd64.deb
The installer has a script that tries to clone a directory that was removed in this version of the driver. Luckily, it was because the same directory was already located in a different directory. This does add a few extra steps, but this should work for everyone. Once complete, you should proceed to the configuration section.
Updated for Catalyst 8.2/Etch
Build the packages in /var/tmp directory:
su - cd /var/tmp apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf bzip2 wget wget -c https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-8-02-x86.x86_64.run sh ati-driver-installer-8-02-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Debian/etch
Install the driver
You might get some errors regarding dependencies during the dpkg process. You can ignore them since they should be resolved when you run the upgrade step.
sudo dpkg -i fglrx-control-qt3_8.24.8-1_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-src_8.24.8-1_i386.deb sudo dpkg -i fglrx-driver-dev_8.24.8-1_i386.deb sudo apt-get -f upgradeA cruder way would be just calling
dpkg -i fglrx-*.deb
Updated for Catalyst 8.2
Just install the newly created debs from /var/tmp dir:
dpkg -i fglrx-driver_*.deb fglrx-driver-dev_*.deb fglrx-kernel-src_*.deb fglrx-amdcccle_*.deb
If amdccle package installation fails on 64-bit systems, do:
sudo apt-get -f upgrade
Afterwards, proceed with kernel module compilation and installation.
Compile the kernel driver
Before do this, MAKE SURE you have deleted /usr/src/fglrx-kernel*.deb maybe generated by another installation. In Debian lenny this is unnecessary - it just compiles and installs the most recent fglrx*.deb package. I would assume this is the case with most up-to-date distributions but to play on the safe side you could remove any leftovers of previous builds.
sudo module-assistant prepare sudo module-assistant update sudo module-assistant a-i fglrx
Observed error messages
What does this error message below refer to ? It is unclear where to follow-up for this error 2/Fehler 2 message.
| dh_testdir │ │ /usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/2.6.11/source SUBDIRS=/usr/src/modules/fglrx │ │ /bin/sh: /usr/src/linux-2.6.11/scripts/gcc-version.sh: Datei oder Verzeich │ │ make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.11' │ │ make: scripts/Makefile.build: Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht gefunden │ │ make: *** Keine Regel, um »scripts/Makefile.build« zu erstellen. Schlu │ │ make: *** [_module_/usr/src/modules/fglrx] Fehler 2 │ │ make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.11' │ │ make: *** [build] Fehler 2
(II) LoadModule: "fglrx" (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so dlopen: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory (EE) Failed to load /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so (II) UnloadModule: "fglrx" (EE) Failed to load module "fglrx" (loader failed, 7)
Solution: Install a newer C library and recompile the kernel:
sudo apt-get install libstdc++5
In Debian Lenny the compiling process might fail. This occurs because Debian downloads another version 1:8-5-1 as opposed to the newest version from ATI 8.501-1 (1/07/2008). This messes up the compiling process. If you must know this occurs because the command m-a a-i automatically does m-a prepare, get, build, install. If you do m-a prepare, build, install fglr , without get this will not happen and you can skip the solution below.
Solution: Disable your repositories temporarily just for the compiling bit. Compile the source using module assistant. Then do:
$ aptitude hold fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-driver fglrx-kernel-src
You can do the latter in ncurses by doing the following in order: type, as root, aptitude and press enter; pres "/" and type fglrx; you will see 3 packages select each with the mouse or using the arrow keys and pres "=" or alternatively press package from the menu and select hold. Finally enable your repositories once again.
Update the xorg.conf file (Configuration)
sudo aticonfig --initial
Now restart X, or reboot for the driver changes to take effect.
Confirm that it worked
$ fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON 9700 Generic OpenGL version string: 1.3.5461 (X4.3.0-8.19.10)
If it didn't work, you may need to run:
# mkdir -p /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri # ln -s /usr/lib/dri/fglrx_dri.so /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/dri
If it's still not working, try:
# rm /usr/lib/libGL.so* # rm /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so* # cd /usr/X11R6/lib # cp /usr/lib/fglrx/diversions/lib/libGL.so.1.2 . # ln -s libGL.so.1.2 libGL.so.1 # ldconfig
and confirm that 'ldd /usr/bin/fglrxinfo' is pointing to the right one.
People seem to be experiencing a broken libGL.so.1 after installing 8.41 on Debian/etch. If `amdcccle` complains that libGL.so.1 does't exist, DONT DELETE /usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 LIKE IT SAYS ABOVE. Make symbolic link to libGL.so.1.2 (which is included in fglrx package - 14 megs in size):
# cd /usr/lib # ln -s libGL.so.1.2 libGL.so.1
This work fine for ATI mobility radeon 1400
(make backup the olds xorg.* files in your folder)
$ cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /home/username/corg.conf.old $ cp /var/log/Xorg.0.log /home/username/Xorg.0.log.old
(add contrib non-free in repositories)
$ apt-get update $ apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf bzip2
(from www.amd.com download the courent version of driver for your ATI)
$ sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.40.4-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Debian/lenny
$ apt-get install fglrx-amdcccle_8.40.4-1_i386.deb $ apt-get install fglrx-driver-_8.40.4-1_i386.deb $ apt-get install fglrx-driver-dev_8.40.4-1_i386.deb $ apt-get install fglrx-kernel-src_8.40.4-1_i386.deb $ apt-get -f upgrade $ apt-get update
$ module-assistant prepare $ module-assistant update $ module-assistant a-i fglrx
$ aticonfig --initial
display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON 9700 Generic OpenGL version string: 1.3.5461 (X4.3.0-8.19.10)