Configuring the fglrx module for ATI graphics chips in Fedora 9

Author(s)

Bill Giannikos

Introduction

This guide will help you configure the proprietary ATI module under Fedora 9. I will not be covering the open source radeon module included with Xorg because its configuration is normally handled automatically by most Linux distributions. We also wont be covering the newly released readeonhd driver as these are still in an early stage.

Licensing Issues

ATI/AMD provide their own license for their driver. You will need to read and accept this license before proceeding.

Notes

We will be using 'nano' as our text editor of choice but you can use whatever you wish.

While this guide is mainly focused to laptop users there isn't any difference for desktop users.

Prerequisites

You should run a full update for your installation of Fedora to ensure you have all the latest packages installed.

Installing the ATI driver

The fglrx module is not included with Fedora 9 so we will need to use a 3rd party repository. Here we will be using the Livna repository.

1. Load up a terminal window if you are in the graphic interface.

2. Switch to the root user by entering the command “su -” (without the quotes) and typing in your root password

3. Edit the file /etc/yum.conf. Using nano we type the command “nano -w /etc/yum.conf”

4. If you have already configured yum to use the Livna repository then append “*fglrx* *livna*” to the end of the “includepkgs” line and skip the next 3 steps. Otherwise continue on.

5. Add the following to the bottom of this file:

[livna]
name=Fedora $releasever - $basearch - Livna
baseurl=http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/$releasever/$basearch/
gpgkey=http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
gpgcheck=1
enabled=1
exclude=*kmod*i586*
includepkgs=*fglrx* *livna*

6. Save the file. In nano you press Ctrl-X, answer yes to the “Save modified buffer” question and then press enter on the file name to write.

7. If you have not previously setup Livna execute the following command:

rpm --import http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY

8. Now execute the following command:

yum install kmod-fglrx xorg-x11-drv-fglrx

9. Reboot your system and you will be using the fglrx module.

Troubleshooting

Normally after installing the fglrx module with the steps above your xorg.conf file should have automatically been updates to use the newer driver. If this did not happen or for some reason it has reverted then, as root, enter the following command:

livna-config-display

This will switch you back to the fglrx module.


Discussion

Andrew Meredith <andrew@anvil.org>, 2008/10/03 10:00

Sadly no longer true

The current updated Xorg server in fedora-updates is now version 1.5, which has a slightly different ABI to the original one. The proprietary object from ATI that forms the core of the fglrx driver is no longer compatible. I am given to understand that ATI no longer wish to support this strand and have instead doled out some documents to the radeonhd development group.

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configuring_the_fglrx_module_for_ati_graphics_chips_in_fedora_9.txt · Last modified: 2009/02/12 04:02 by billg
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