Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know fglrx is installed correctly?

There are several ways to check if fglrx is loaded and running. 1. Check your or XFree86 log.

# vi /var/log/Xorg.0.log
# vi /var/log/XFree86.0.log

You should see "DRI Initialization Successful." 2. Check glxinfo.

# glxinfo | grep direct

You should see "direct" and not "indirect." 3. Check your kernel log.

# dmesg

You should see fglrx messages near the bottom. 4. Check your modules.

# lsmod

You should see fglrx loaded.

  • NOTE: glxgears is not a definite way of checking the installation of fglrx.


Why does fglrx not work for my bleeding-edge kernel?

The development process of the fglrx driver and the GNU/Linux kernel are not on the same level. The fglrx driver requires some special interactions with the kernel AGP API and these tend to change between kernel versions. ATI will only support the latest kernel that is officially out (no -rc or -git releases are supported).

X Configuration


Computer Freezes while using fglrx (UMA and SIDEPORT)

If after choosing fglrx as your driver in either xorg.conf or xfree86.conf files, the computer freezes and becomes unresponsible while trying to start X this may be the solution.

Some ATI cards have the ability to run in three modes: UMA, SIDEPORT, or a combination of both. UMA mode is that one in which the video card does not use its dedicated memory, but rather uses and shares the system memory. On the other hand, SIDEPORT mode is the one in which the card uses its own dedicated memory. And finally, the third mode is a combination of the previous modes in which the card uses both the system memory and its dedicated memory.

If your computer hangs, this settings may be where the solution lies. If your computer hangs, try using either UMA by itself or a combination of both. However, if you choose the combination, make sure that the UMA one is at least 128MB. In my case, I have SIDEPORT 128MB and 128MB UMA. If I choose any less for UMA, it does not work. This is definetly not an attractive solution since it compromises your systems performance. Hopefully, this will be solved very soon.