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==General Status==
 
==General Status==
* Fedora 8 is included as a generatable package since version [[8.42.3]] of the AMD Proprietary Linux driver. "sh ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run --listpkg | grep -i fedora" shows "Fedora/F8" in the output.
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* Supported since [[Catalyst 7.11]], which adds support for kernel 2.6.23.
* Unfortunately the driver kernel module currently fails to compile since Linux kernel version 2.6.23 is not yet supported. See this [http://ati.cchtml.com/show_bug.cgi?id=803 bugzilla report for kernel 2.6.23] for more information.
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==Installation Option #1 Freshrpms.net repository==
 
==Installation Option #1 Freshrpms.net repository==
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==Installation Option #3 via ATI Installer==
 
==Installation Option #3 via ATI Installer==
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You can get the latest ATI-Driver here:
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[http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux/linux-radeon.html|ATI Linux Driver]
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The above bugzilla contains a patch to the firegl module source code. Here is an annotated walk-through for those not familiar with using the patch utility:
 
The above bugzilla contains a patch to the firegl module source code. Here is an annotated walk-through for those not familiar with using the patch utility:
 
* Install the driver interactively
 
* Install the driver interactively
  sh ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run
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  sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run
 
* Backup the existing module, download the patch
 
* Backup the existing module, download the patch
 
  cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/
 
  cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/
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* Create an initial X Server configuration file  
 
* Create an initial X Server configuration file  
 
  aticonfig --initial
 
  aticonfig --initial
* Restart your X Server (by logging in/out or rebooting)
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* Restart your X Server (by logging out/in or rebooting)
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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[[Category:Installation Documentation]]
 
[[Category:Installation Documentation]]
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Ok, the problem is gdm.  I can `startx`, but gdm fails to load with fglrx, and there is no indication in any log as to why.
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This continues with new 7.11 Catalyst driver.
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Because of this, the problem is NOT with the driver, rather it is the default GDM time value of 10-seconds.  To remedy:
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vi /etc/gdm/custom.conf
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[daemon]
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GdmXserverTimeout=60
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This allows enough time for X to startup before gdm considers it dead and aborts the X startup process.

Revision as of 12:39, 28 July 2012

Contents

General Status

  • Supported since Catalyst 7.11, which adds support for kernel 2.6.23.

Installation Option #1 Freshrpms.net repository

rpm -ihv http://ftp.freshrpms.net/pub/freshrpms/fedora/linux/8/freshrpms-release/freshrpms-release-1.1-1.fc.noarch.rpm
yum install -y ati-x11-drv

and restart your system.

Installation Option #2 Livna repository

rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm
  • These instructions on the Unoffical Fedora FAQ work. (In order not to duplicate the the instructions, we provide the link rather than the instructions themselves).

Installation Option #3 via ATI Installer

You can get the latest ATI-Driver here:

Linux Driver

The above bugzilla contains a patch to the firegl module source code. Here is an annotated walk-through for those not familiar with using the patch utility:

  • Install the driver interactively
sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.42.3-x86.x86_64.run
  • Backup the existing module, download the patch
cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/
cp firegl_public.c firegl_public.c.orig
wget -qO- http://ati.cchtml.com/attachment.cgi?id=466 > firegl.patch
  • Apply the patch
patch -p0 < firegl.patch
  • Now build and install the kernel module
./make.sh
cd .. ; ./make_install.sh
  • Create an initial X Server configuration file
aticonfig --initial
  • Restart your X Server (by logging out/in or rebooting)

Issues

FYI: this patch (and others like it) is incomplete. It fails miserably with the drm module loaded. It will not work without drm either, and what would be the point? As seen by dmesg:

[drm] Initialized drm 1.1.0 20060810
[fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 1898 MBytes.
[fglrx] ASYNCIO init succeed!
[fglrx:KCL_enable_pat] *ERROR* Pat entry 2 is already configured
[fglrx] PAT is disabled!
[fglrx:firegl_init_module] *ERROR* firegl_stub_register failed

The livna rpm incurs the same failure. Stick with F7 and kernel 2.6.22, or use the radeon driver instead.


Updated by yangyud:
You need to remove the loaded "drm" module from kernel before install the fglrx module.
rmmod radeon; rmmod drm

See Also

Ok, the problem is gdm. I can `startx`, but gdm fails to load with fglrx, and there is no indication in any log as to why. This continues with new 7.11 Catalyst driver. Because of this, the problem is NOT with the driver, rather it is the default GDM time value of 10-seconds. To remedy:

vi /etc/gdm/custom.conf

[daemon]
GdmXserverTimeout=60

This allows enough time for X to startup before gdm considers it dead and aborts the X startup process.