After almost a month, ATI has come up with a new version 10.2 of its Catalyst (fglrx) drivers. The drivers can be download from ATI Catalyst™ 10.2 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver Page. As AMD is famous for doing nothing but just incrementing versions of there software, even this version doesn’t support xorg-1.7.4. But if you still want to give it a try, you can download and try installing the driver. Otherwise mesa-experimental drivers are your friend. Checkout the post Fedora 12 and ATI Drivers and save yourself from frustration 🙂
And yes, lets wait for next version of ATI Drivers 🙂
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After a long, really long wait, AMD has released the next version 10.1 of its ATI Catalyst display drivers (fglrx) for Linux. The drivers can be download from ATI Catalyst™ 10.1 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver Page. As previous version turned out to be a big turn off for Fedora community and AMD took a long time for releasing this, I hope they have fixed issues regarding new Xorg version. Fedora folks will really want this version to work, otherwise there will be *blood* 😀 You have got AMD graphics card? What are you waiting for? Download the drivers immediately and test the damn thing! And please let everyone know whether it works for you with details of your graphics card. You know where the howto for installation is How To: Install ATI Catalyst (fglrx) Drivers.
I really hope that things turn out well and you don’t really get to this point. But if these drivers don’t work for you, proceed to the post Fedora 12 ATI Catalyst Drivers and checkout mesa-dri-drivers-experimental.
From the release notes for version 10.1,
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Display Manager Properties tab now properly shows a single mode instead of multiple modes when big desktop mode is enabled.
- The operating system will no longer fail when switching between virtual desktops.
- [RHEL 5.4 32-bit] [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] System now functions properly after selecting “Detect Displays” button and hot-plugging a HDMI display.
- [Ubunut 9.10] X no longer fails after executing multiple Xserver generations with Xinerama enabled.
- Hotplugging a HDMI monitor or toggling between LCD and HDMI no longer causes the system to stop responding.
- [RHEL4-U8 32-bit] Corruption may be observed while starting Xserver on some ASICs.
- Corruption may be observed after 90, 180 or 270 degree desktop rotation on some ASICs.
- System may stop responding after switching to DC (battery) mode with CrossFireTM enabled and full-screen applications running.
- System may become unresponsive after executing specific combinations of XRandR reflections and rotations.
- The output log file may report the Engine Clock or Memory Clock values as 0 MHz on some systems.
- [RHEL 5.4][ ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Applying customized TV modes might not work properly, pop up message requesting restart will not appear and customized format will not apply.
- [Ubuntu 9.04 x86 64-bit] Some systems may become unresponsive during video playback with certain Dual Head configurations.
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Specific customized modes under the HDTV page may fail to apply on some systems.
- [Ubuntu 9.04] With one DP monitor and one DVI monitor connected in clone mode, unplugging and re-plugging the DVI monitor may cause the system to deadlock.
- Xserver may fail to launch after enabling CrossFireTM and restarting on some ASICs.
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Super Anti-Aliasing (16x) mode may not be available on some display adapters with CrossFireTM is enabled.
- Display rotation may fail to apply from ATI CatalystTM Control Center with desktop effects enabled.
- [RHEL] Enabling Xinerama may cause input devices (keyboard and mouse) to become inaccessible after restarting Xserver.
- System may fail to return to console mode after enabling all adapters and exiting Xserver for multi GPU configuration on some ASICs.
- ATI CatalystTM Control Center may report error when two displays of different maximum resolutions are set in clone mode.
- [SUSE 11.1 64-bit] Enabling CrossFireTM might fail with some ASICs
- Scaling setting changes may fail to retain after mode change, reboot or restarting Xserver.
- [SUSE 11.2 x86] CrossFireTM might not be functional under specific configurations
- [Ubuntu 9.10] CAL test “completemodulelist.txt” might not execute and throws segmentation fault.
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Some systems may intermittently stop responding when changing the scaling options.
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Applying “Size and Position” adjustments for Analog Monitors might not work properly.
- [Ubuntu 9.04] Some video cards may stop video output signals when monitor has been powered off.
- [ATI CatalystTM Control Center] Disabled display will become enabled after Xserver restart.
- Flickering corruption might be visible while running OpenGL applications with CrossFireTM enabled on specific ASICs.
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AMD has released the next version 9.12 of its ATI Catalyst display drivers for Linux. The drivers can be download from ATI Catalyst™ 9.12 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver Page. As of now, I haven’t tried the drivers on Fedora 12 because supposedly my SMPS is broken 🙁 But since there were a whole lot of bug reports to AMD regarding xorg 1.7 and catalyst, they might have fixed it. Please try and let everyone know if these drivers work with Fedora 12. You know where the howto for installation is 😉 How To: Install ATI Catalyst (fglrx) Drivers.
Also, if these drivers doesn’t work, a lot of people are finding mesa-drivers-experimental a huge success over catalyst drivers. Don’t miss those experimental drivers. Checkout comments on Fedora 12 ATI Catalyst Drivers.
Anyway, let us know whatever works for you 🙂
I guess ATI graphics card owners are a bit unlucky! When Fedora 11 was released, we didn’t get the proprietary drivers from AMD for months and the older version didn’t work with default kernel at that time. When Fedora 12 was released, AMD released newer version of Drivers after a few hours. But this time, Xorg becomes a stumbling block and again the driver installation fails for a lot of people!
But Fedora 12 tries to make life a bit easier and may provide support for ATI cards. From Fedora 12 Announcement
Fedora 12 introduces experimental 3D support for AMD Radeon HD 2400 and later graphics cards. To try it out, install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package. On many cards, this support should allow desktop effects to be used.
What to do?
Step 1 : Try ATI Catalyst Drivers from AMD
Nobody, so far, has reported the successful installation of ATI Catalyst drivers on Fedora 12. But still if you want to give it a shot (because the uninstall is clean and doesn’t leave a trace of ATI drivers in your system), you can follow How To: Install ATI Catalyst (fglrx) Drivers. If it doesn’t work, just uninstall using the command given at the end of the post.
Step 2 : Try mesa-dri-drivers
Keep in mind that these are experimental drivers and may not work properly or may work partially.
Install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental from Fedora repositories using Yum.
[root@fedora ~]# yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental
Reboot if the drivers are install successfully.
Let me know, if any of the above drivers work for you 🙂
Looks like AMD was waiting for Fedora 12 : Constantine release. AMD has released the next version 9.11 of ATI Catalyst Display Drivers. The drivers can be download from ATI Catalyst™ 9.9 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver Page. I have downloaded and tested them already on my machine with ATI Radeon HD 3200 (onboard) card with kernel 18.104.22.168-217.2.8.fc11.i586. This version is supposed to work with 2.6.30+ kernels as even 9.10 was working. So, if you have already installed Fedora 12, don’t waste time. Test the drivers and let us know 🙂
Note1 : Installation Process : How To: Install ATI Catalyst (fglrx) 9.8 Drivers on Fedora 11.
Note2 : Dual Display Configuration : How To: Configure Dual Display with ATI Radeon (fglrx).