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For all of you that like to do things the hard way:

Getting 3D for your ATI Radeon card in LFS [1]


  • Kernel with agp and DRM
  • Fresh LFS install
  • Xorg 6.8.2 (By BLFS)
  • Driver (either proprietary fglrx or r300_dri)

Probably not needed (and might even interfere!) Please verify and edit if possible.

  • Mesa-6.4.1 (leftovers after failed attempt at installing r300_dri)

After browsing ATI's homepage for drivers I decided to use the installer-package (version 8.20.8), as I didn't have any easy way to convert rpms into tarballs.

If you decide to use the installer provided by ATI, make sure you don't have any libGL.so.* lying around in /usr/X11R6/lib before running the installer binary. It appears to rename installed files rather than overwriting old. Move any existing just to be safe:

mkdir /root/old_libGL mv /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so* /root/old_libGL

Run the installer, it does some checks and then opens a graphical point-and-clickety install window. Follow instructions and install the correct driver. Maybe it works now already? Never has for me, so I'll continue..

After the installer exits you should have a directory /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod with a script "make.sh" to re-build the fglrx driver. If the script complains about not being run from a real console, you could try to hack it a bit to go on anyway.

cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod vi make.sh

search for:

if [ $? -ne 0 ];
   echo "You arent running in a 'login shell'."
   echo "Please login directly from a console"
   echo "or use 'su -l' to get the same result."
   exit 1

and delete the line with 'exit 1' to get past that annoyance.

-Had to quit, finish later