Fedora 12 ATI Catalyst Drivers

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 :)

 

137 thoughts on “Fedora 12 ATI Catalyst Drivers

  1. Have you considered the two steps above in the tutorial?

    1. If they have hardware older than the HD radeons, use the default [provided packages, UNLESS you specifically need a missing function.
    2. If you have a radeon HD graphics card (not including the HD5xxx series), install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package.
    3. If you still do not have the required features, consider installing the Ati catalyst drivers, but be aware that installing them will make the developers consider any bugs and bug reports you file to be null and void as the driver will override and taint other parts of the system – also uninstalling may not be a painless affair where bits are left behind polluting the rest of the system.

  2. Are those drivers actually usable for the 3D, you can play with them some games without glitches like f.e. Quake Live or so?

  3. Hi!

    I’m typing now from my fresh install of Fedora 12 and the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental are working. It’s been less than 5 minutes so long, but it works after all =)

    There are some glitches, but everything else is just fine. I’ll try some games and see what happens.

  4. Hi,

    Tried the AMD Catalyst Drivers on the newly installed Fedora 12 (kernal 2.6.31) and it gave erors. Froze the GUI after reboot.
    Uninstalled it and tried the experimental Mesa Driver. Seems to work.

  5. I mentioned on the ATI 9.11 announcement page my failed experience with the new ATI drivers, and that I successfully installed the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package.

    There are some drawbacks to the mesa package: High resolution graphics is not well supported for all cards (I was running 1600×1200 on the ATI drivers on F7 and F9). I can only get 1280×1024 max with the mesa package. And, some animation can be choppy.

    I am not a gamer, so I can’t comment on whether or not the mesa package works for any games.

    I have yet to install fusion icon and other effects for compiz like I had on F7 and F9. As soon as I take that plunge (if it’s even possible now), I’ll leave another note.

    1. I should have mentioned that I got the full native resolution of my display, 1680 X1050 with mesa…experimental, in case that might be useful.

  6. mesa-dri-drivers-experimental works fine while you dont update the kernel. It worked fine on my HD 3300 onboard when i first installed F12, then upgraded the kernel, the it never worked again.

    1. Not sure what happened to your installation. That’s pretty strange.

      I ran the package updater and just took everything that needed updating. Included in the lot were:

      kernel-2.6.31.6-145.fc12.x86_64
      kernel-devel-2.6.31.6-145.fc12.x86_64
      kernel-headers-2.6.31.6-145.fc12.x86_64
      kernel-firmware-2.6.31.6-145.fc12.noarch
      xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.13.0-0.11.20091119git437113124.fc12.x86_64

      And, I’m still on the original F12 mesa-dri:

      mesa-dri-drivers-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-dri-drivers-experimental-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64

      Everything works fine (I’m on the F12 system now).

      Do you have an accessible console on CTRL-ATL-F2/F3? Maybe you can try removing the package to test:
      yum erase mesa-dri-drivers-experimental
      Or try reinstalling:
      yum reinstall mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

      Are you on 64-bit or 32-bit-PAE kernel? I’ve settled on the 64-bit install, and unfortunately I don’t have another spare drive to test the 32-bit-PAE kernel again,

      If my system happens to go completely south again while I’m adding things like fusion icon, I’ll have some time to test the PAE kernel build again.

  7. excellect
    my desktop effect enabled by this driver. my graphic card is ati radeon hd3850.

  8. ATI drivers (9.11) didn’t work… Tried many times… it just keeps throwing the same error… fglrx drivers could not be loaded….

    The mesa drivers work pretty good though. Desktop Effects / Composting and all is enabled, and unlike the ATI drivers (on F11) no cursor corruption!!

    HDMI output is also working…

    ATI HD3200 radeon…

    Thanks for this post… :)

  9. I still get the message Software Rasterizer in use (compiz-check).
    and a nice white screen if I try to switch the fusion-icon from Metacity to compiz. My GCard is a ATI Radeon 4200 onboard.
    I have no xorg.conf. If you have a working xorg.conf file can you show me your settings ?

  10. Wow, I just installed Fedora 12 and I’m amazed. Everything worked out of the box (ok, you need to install extra repos for MP3 and DVD support, but that’s not Fedora’s fault).

    ATI HD3470 here: installed the mesa-dri drivers and they work like a charm!
    Haven’t tried the Catalyst drivers and I don’t think I will as many times in the past they completely screwed up my system.

    1. I also have ati hd 3470 and the experimental mesa drivers work fine under Fedora 12. The Catalyst drivers haven’t worked since Fedora 10 unfortunately.

      1. If you use the RPMfusion rpms for the ATI drivers then your good to go i did that and it worked fine for every version but 12. 12 uses xorg 7.5 which is not supported by the fglrx drivers meaning you need to keep Fedora 11 to use them or downgrade xorg which is not recomended

  11. I installed mesa-dri-drivers-experimental on F12 for supporting an ATI HD4550 and so far working OK with Compiz/3D desktop etc. The install was quick and easy just involving the single YUM command and a reboot.

    1. I have the same driver and cannot seem to get mesa-dri-driver-experimental to work I’m on “fedora 12″ I have installed the driver via yum install and even tried reinstalling through yum. Wondering if you had any suggestions or advice or maybe I’m just missing a obvious step??

  12. With ATI Radeon 4870 F12 is just a disaster. No 3D acceleration, resolution
    max. 1280×1024, whole display-config seems to be kinda bugged because
    I’m running with refresh rate “0 Hz”.

    When this pain with the ATI cards in Fedora ends?

    Tried also ATI driver from ATI’s webpage, compiles & installs & loads fine
    but X just doesn’t work. Tried that in many ways but it’s anyways almost
    2010 and things shouldn’t be like this anymore, that you have to spent
    hours getting some simple thing to work.

    Well, seems that have to wait rpmfusion driver, in mean while F12 is
    useless for me with current drivers available.

    1. I was expecting to touch my Xorg.conf… Gotta love this automagical mumbo jumbo. I miss using vm to fix things…

  13. The ATI driver worked fine in my Fedora 11. But after I upgrade to Fedora 12 it does not work. Then I uninstall the catalyst and install mesa driver but it still doesn’t work: no gui popping up at boot. I am using Radeon HD 3450. I check /var/log/Xorg.0.log, and it says “failed to load module fglrx (module does not exist, 0)”.

  14. I ve installed mesa because ati(radeon 4570) driver didnt work for me but cooler is still running it is annoying.And when I am checking temperature my ati radeon runs on 70 degrees can anyoune help me what to do thanks

    1. My cooling fan also runs continuously at top speed. It is blowing out cool air and does not throttle down ever. The drivers under Windows 7 handle the cooling fan just fine.

      The continuous sounds is annoying and I’m worried about it wearing out.

      Any ideas on how to address this issue?

      1. So, I removed Fedora 12 and installed Fedora 11. This enabled me to get the Catalyst drivers working. With this driver I get better video responsiveness, the cooling fan only runs as is needed, I now have dual displays going. Nice!

  15. Upgrading the kernel to 2.6.31.6-162.fc12.x86_64 seems to have messed with the mesa experimental drivers. I can’t seem to re-enable composting (Desktop Effects) and I get this error in the Xorg log file:
    (EE) RADEON(0): [dri] RADEONDRIGetVersion failed because of a version mismatch.
    (EE) RADEON(0): Acceleration initialization failed

    I have a Radeon HD 3200 and a x86_64 system.

      1. Not going to matter I am afraid. AMD tends to put Linux on the back burner and only work on the drivers when they have spare time the result is that by the time Xorg 7.5 is supported 7.6 will be in use for F13

        I suggest staying one version of fedora back until the new xorg version shipped with newer versions is supported. you can check out the release notes here just increment the version number in the link with the latest to see what it supports https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/catalyst_912_linux.pdf

      1. Thanks for those links. I just hope the word “unofficial” doesn’t mean that the actual developers are unaware of the bug reports.

        I just left a comment there.

        Unfortunately, I (finally) heard back from AMD/ATI support with some pretty darn useless information that contained an old info page from 2004 on the ATI Rage platform and XFree86 installs! But, I also left feedback at the survey link at the bottom (which will hopefully increase the pesteriness of my communications with AMD/ATI)

        Here’s their response to my ticket:

        —————————————-

        Dear Customer,

        Your service request : SR #{ticketno:[8200265270]} has been reviewed and updated.

        Response and Service Request History:

        Although we have driver for Linux posted on the ATI website, we do not troubleshoot driver or multimedia issues in Linux directly. We work closely with the Linux community to provide support options. On our website we do have link to several Linux support sites that may help you. I have included the link below to this website. All Linux help is self help online.

        Our web site offers several links to Linux support web sites that may help you.

        You may click on the link below and go to its website to find information that might be helpful to your case. Our Engineers are informal contributors.
        http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Main_Page\
        This is also a very good article from a third party
        http://www.rage3d.com/content/articles/atilinuxhowto/Linux_ATI.html#SECTION000140000000000000000

        If you are experiencing problems with our latest driver release, or if you have suggestions about how to make our drivers better, please take the time to submit your feedback.

        http://www.amdsurveys.com/se.ashx?s=5A1E27D23CFE9B36

  16. Thanks bunches.
    mesa … -experimental works for me for the 3D desktop effects.
    64 bit Fedora 12, original DVD install kernel
    on-board Radeon 3200 (so called)

    You may need to remove the xorg.conf if you upgrade from earlier Fedoras (or remove a proprietary driver.) I got poor or odd results before I did (which was before …-experimental installation,) The current xorg version doesn’t need the conf, so I understand, and it auto detects better than whatever settings were there or my guesses at what was required. If you do know that something needs to be superseded, just put that in the conf.

    Neither the current Ubuntu 9.10 or Suse 11.2 need the xorg.conf either. Suse would not even start X (dumped to a command prompt) with the xorg I had from before. Suse does mention in the release notes to delete xorg.conf, before trying something else.

  17. – Mesa “experimental” works bang-on so far. Haven’t tried a game, but Stellarium is wicked fast and smooth as glass scrolling and panning. Sweet!
    – The whole Fedora 12 experience is mind-bogglingly quick, with 64-bit on a Phenom X3 720 BE. Now if the hard drive seek time would just catch up. (silly grin)
    – Still working on those “repos” for MP3/DVD. I’m itching to see a movie play…

  18. More info about F12 & ATI Radeon 4870 2gb & ATI 9.11 drivers on
    X86_64 system.

    Compiles fine, loads fglrx module without problems.

    After compiling & installing ATI driver, fglrx module is loaded correctly:

    Dec 10 07:00:15 ladybird kernel: [fglrx] Maximum main memory to use for locked dma buffers: 5788 MBytes.
    Dec 10 07:00:15 ladybird kernel: [fglrx] vendor: 1002 device: 9440 count: 1
    Dec 10 07:00:15 ladybird kernel: [fglrx] ioport: bar 4, base 0xe800, size: 0x100
    Dec 10 07:00:15 ladybird kernel: [fglrx] Kernel PAT support is enabled
    Dec 10 07:00:15 ladybird kernel: [fglrx] module loaded – fglrx 8.67.4 [Nov 4 2009] with 1 minors

    When starting X there’s following in a log:
    ================
    (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so
    dlopen: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so: undefined symbol: resVgaShared
    (EE) Failed to load /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so
    (II) UnloadModule: “fglrx”
    (EE) Failed to load module “fglrx” (loader failed, 7)
    (EE) No drivers available.

    Fatal server error:
    no screens found
    ================

    Only way to run X is to use vesa driver with max 1280×1024 resolution
    and no 3D acceleration available.

    This was last time for me when I install Fedora when it’s just released.
    It’s still better to wait 6 months to make sure that there’s driver available
    and working (almost).

    1. Code78, The mesa drivers work better than vesa. As described aboove:
      yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

      You should un-install the catalyst drivers first.

  19. Hey all,

    I’ll present the 2 scenarios I’ve tested on during the quest to run cool 3D effects on Fedora 12 with an ATI video card.

    Video Card: ATI Technologies Inc RS780MC [Radeon HD 3100 Graphics]

    1. Tried the ATI original drivers, did the whole 9 yards, and even though I lost my graphical interface, I still could not unload the radeon modules (even after removing the modules and changing directories).

    2. Tried the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental, then installed compiz-gnome and now I’m rocking my cool 3D effects.

    Here is a quick how to:

    # 1. Install the mesa drivers
    yum install mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

    # 2. Reboot

    # 3. Install compiz-gnome
    yum install compiz-gnome

    # 4. Enable 3D effects
    System -> Preferences -> Desktop Effects

    # 5. The 3D effects window should open, and you should be able to choose basic 3D options.

    That should get you running, browse the web for more compiz tweeks, and enjoy your 3D desktop!

    Thanks to Kulbir for the very organized and nice looking blog and all those who posted their experiences and contributed to the project!

    Vinny

    1. You can also replace steps 3, 4 & 5 with the following:

      3. yum install compiz-gnome fusion-icon

      4. Applications -> Graphics -> Fusion Icon

      5. Right click on the “Fusion Icon” in the taskbar to open the settings window.

      –I’m fuzzy on #4 right now since I’m sitting at a Windows box, but you can start fusion icon from the Applications menu, or add it to the start-up applications list for automatic launch.

      Just a personal preference. I happen to like the options that fusion icon provides.

      But, if you start Compiz Gnome from the desktop effects dialogue, and start Fusion Icon afterward, you will get ABRT crash messages for Compiz every time Fusion Icon starts. Everything will work, but Fusion Icon will kill the Compiz process proper.

  20. has anyone got the ATI drivers to work with fedora 12? And if not what is the best driver combination for an ATI HD 4670, I am totally unable to get compiz to work, and have installed mesa experimental… but how do I actually confirm that they are being used… ?? Pleaes help

  21. I’ve got an old ThinkPad R51 running Fed12 with 32mg ATI Raedon Mobility 7500. Am I totally out of the race on this one? The gears run, but they run like there’s sand getting in between them.

    1. Ok, so three-year-old ATI technology runs on the brandy-spankin’-new Catalyst 9.12 driver like a rickety 1940’s trainset…. doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy about ATI support.

      I have not yet tried Catalyst 9.12 on my F12 x86_64 system… lots of investment in this build at the moment, and with Bub’s comment (#37, on the 19th) I don’t want to risk getting random flakiness after running uninstall-fglrx.sh. Having to reinstall just Xorg is not a pretty thing.

      Still no spare drive to be going all test-happy at the moment–Christmas is a bit sparse this go-round.

      But, to eGm (#38, above) it sounds odd that the mesa-experimental is not working. Have you installed clean? Or, did you try to recover after a bum ATI Cataylst trial?

      I am running fine on the mesa drivers–compiz, fusion-icon, etc.–and have had only minimal sluggishness.

      After several updates to all recommended packages, I am running the following (of what seem to me to be the more critical packages for this endeavour):
      kernel-2.6.31.6-166.fc12.x86_64
      kernel-devel-2.6.31.6-166.fc12.x86_64
      kernel-headers-2.6.31.6-166.fc12.x86_64
      xorg-x11-drv-ati-6.13.0-0.11.20091119git437113124.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-dri-drivers-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-dri-drivers-experimental-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64

      Check to make sure you have the rest of the mesa packages, as well:

      mesa-libGL-devel-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-libGLU-7.6-0.13.fc12.i686
      mesa-libGLU-devel-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-dri-drivers-7.6-0.13.fc12.i686
      mesa-libGL-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-libGLU-7.6-0.13.fc12.x86_64
      mesa-libGL-7.6-0.13.fc12.i686

      Do you see anything missing/different?

      Of course, the real problem may not be in those packages, but it’s a start.

      1. HI,
        I tried installing the experimental package on my 64 bit fedora , but it didnt work.. My card is ati hd 2400 xt (RV610)
        I tried reinstalling all the packages mentioned above but that didnt work either . How should my xorg.conf file be(currently it is blank). How should my grub parameters be.

        and should i also install radeon or radeonhd drivers or the xorg-x11-drv-ati.x86_64 is enough.?

        and should i also blacklist any kernel modules for this.. ??

        please help.. i tried this so much and it isnt working..

        1. should i also blacklist the standard vesa driver at modprobe.??

          or try including mesa in the driver section of the xorg.conf??

        2. i get the following error by using either desktop effects or fusion-icon or compiz –replace with some arguments.

          ‘Application calling GLX 1.3 function “glXCreatePixmap” when GLX 1.3 is not supported! This is an application bug’.

  22. 3D works with mesa-dri-drivers-experimental for me on:
    # lspci

    VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]

  23. Awesome !!!!!!!
    You guys helped me a lot
    My graphic card is ATI Radeon HD 4650
    it wasn’t supporting fedora 12 graphics asusual
    I tried mesa drivers and it worked
    Great work!!!!!
    keep on rockin!!!!

  24. HI,
    I tried installing the experimental package on my 64 bit fedora , but it didnt work.. My card is ati hd 2400 xt (RV610)
    I tried reinstalling all the packages mentioned by Greg but that didnt work either . How should my xorg.conf file be(currently it is blank). How should my grub parameters be.

    and should i also install radeon or radeonhd drivers or the xorg-x11-drv-ati.x86_64 is enough.?

    and should i also blacklist any kernel modules for this.. ??

    please help.. i tried this so much and it isnt working..

  25. Hi all,
    7.6 mesa did not work for me on ATI 2400xt . I found 7.7 rpms and installed them. They worked very well ..
    Others should try them as mesa 7.7 has many fixes for intel and ati cards.

  26. Oh, sweet! After how many weeks of no accelerated graphics whatsoever, they’re *back*! The mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package is awesome! Though they may come later, I don’t even see any bugs so far. Now to try gaming and see how that goes….

  27. The mesa drivers are giving me a 700 FPS for glxgears unlike catalyst drivers which give a 3000 FPS(not very sure) peformance. But considering the level of maturity they seem to be quite good.

  28. I have been using the experimental Mesa drivers for a couple of months now and it works and installs much better than the proprietary options (both from the ATI installer and RPM Fusion). I am running the HD3650, and while there are some glitches in the display and artifacts on the screen, the overall system seems stable. I also do not have problems with suspend that I used to with the proprietary drivers.

    This is great news for ATI customers and, in all fairness to AMD, this vendor is working closely with the developers of the open source drivers. Once we have a stable release of this driver (Fedora 13/14?) AMD users will be the envy of the linux community since we no longer have to struggle with proprietary drivers and all the associated problems that plague all proprietary drivers (particularly suspend/resume if history is any guide). So far, I have had about two updates to the experimental drivers and I can say the development is progressing nicely and we getting closer to stable release every day.

    My hat is off to AMD and the Open Source developers on this…

  29. How do u remove the Mesa experimental drivers if they don’t work?

    yum remove mesa-dri-drivers-experimental ???

    is this it? I’m pretty new to fedora.

    1. @DJ KZ
      yum erase mesa-dri-drivers-experimental

      anyway,

      they seem to work pretty good on my integrated HD 3200

      only thing is my X starts to eat a lot of cpu cycles after a while but not sure if i can blame that on these drivers..

  30. Fedora 12 + Radeon HD5870 and it only works with VESA drivers :(((.

    Ati drivers fglrx reports:
    dlopen: /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so: undefined symbol: UpdateSpriteForScreen
    (EE) Failed to load /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so

    Mesa experimental drivers don’t support HD58xx :-((.
    Can I somehow help developers of mesa-dri-drivers-experimental with testing?

    1. You might start a bug report at the link below and offer testing support. The owner of the package might direct you to a more appropriate forum for the support of brand new GPUs.

      https://bugzilla.redhat.com

      But, you might need to direct the bug report at ‘xorg-x11-drv-ati’ and not at ‘mesa-dri-experimental’. Or, you could try both.

      What happens when you try the mesa drivers? Do you have any GUI with the base Xorg install?

      I did a quick search on RH’s bugzilla, and did not find any existing bugs for the HD58xx series cards.

  31. I installed mesa-dri-drivers-experimental,but it has not been used.
    X.org is now using radeonhd driver. This is my xorg.conf:

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    Driver "radeonhd"
    EndSection

    How should i modify xorg.conf so that mesa can take effect?
    By the way,my card(ati mobility radeon 3430) is able to use KMS.But now it’s not enabled,since plymouth dosen’t work.How to enable it?
    Thanks!

    1. Your xorg.conf file is probably correct, although I don’t seem to have a driver called “radeonhd” on my system (F12 x64). The kernel driver module for mine is simply called “radeon”.

      You will not see any indication of the mesa dri drivers in xorg.conf. In fact, the conf file is not used much any more apart from some simple things; even more, you don’t even need the xorg.conf file at all–it is not there by default.

      X.org will perform a scan of the hardware every time the system boots, and will often ignore what you enter in the conf file, despite what the X.org forums seem to say.

      You can check for the mesa drivers using this:

      glxinfo |grep render

      You should see smoething like:
      direct rendering: Yes
      OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI R600 (RV635 9598) 20090101 TCL DRI2

      Also, check the loaded kernel modules:
      lsmod |grep radeon

      ttm 41952 1 radeon
      drm_kms_helper 25376 1 radeon
      drm 172416 5 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
      i2c_algo_bit 6020 1 radeon
      i2c_core 28928 4 i2c_piix4,radeon,drm,i2c_algo_bit

      Have you tried enabling 3D effects? Take a look at comments #’s 36 and 37 from Vinny and myself farther up this page. We offer two different ways to enable effects, and one of these might be the answer for you. If not, write back.

      1. Thanks for reply!
        Here is the output:

        # glxinfo |grep render
        direct rendering: Yes
        OpenGL renderer string: Software Rasterizer

        # lsmod |grep radeon
        radeon 448680 1
        ttm 34264 1 radeon
        drm_kms_helper 22700 1 radeon
        drm 136056 4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
        i2c_algo_bit 4820 1 radeon
        i2c_core 23352 4 videodev,radeon,drm,i2c_algo_bit

        It seems that the mesa dri is not enabled.Because of software rasterizing,3D effects is not allowed.
        You’ve mentioned that the driver in your xorg.conf is ‘radeon’ instead of ‘radeonhd’.Actually this was modifyed by me.After the installation of F12,the word in xorg.conf is ‘vesa’.At that time ,I can only get a 1024*768 resolution.After i modified it,i got a 1280*800 resolution.Now i tried to modify it to ‘radeon’,but i saw no difference.

  32. Make sure that if you install the mesa-experimental driver, that you update everything related to mesa:

    yum update mesa*

    Otherwise you’ll get a “missing symbol” error (this is after installing Fedora 12 then installing the experimental driver – didn’t work at first for me, because the experimental drivers have been updated, but apparently yum doesn’t recognize the dependencies on an UPDATED set of plain-vanilla mesa drivers).

    You will ALSO need to update your xorg ATI driver.

    yum update xorg-x11-drv-ati

    Then you can do all the compiz whiz-bang stuff.

    1. Thanks very much!
      After the update,mesa-dri takes effect and Compiz works.Though the FPS of glxgears is still low,it’s 3 times higher than before.Many thanks to open source driver contributors!

  33. Hi! I have a Radeon HD4850 Toxic video card and I’m running a Fedora 12. The ATI Catalyst Drivers from AMD did not work on my system, but the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental worked just perfect. Tx to Kulbir Saini for the info.

  34. ATI Technologies Inc Mobility Radeon HD 3450 + mesa-dri experimental works nice for F12 on a Sempron 3000+, glxgears give approximately 350 FPS, tnx…

  35. I just built a new dual boot PC running Fedora 12 and Windows 7. (Intel I7-860, Biostar T5XE motherboard, 4GB Corsair memory) The PC uses a Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. I tried the suggestion to download and install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package. With that package installed, I was able to activate the 3D desktop effects, and they seem to work ok: no problems so far.

    Thanks very much for the suggestion.

  36. Hello,

    On my computer ATI Catalystâ„¢ 9.8 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver has never worked. But instead, i have installed the other advice that “mesa-dri-drivers-experimental”. Now my machine is working well. I am using Fedora 12 and ati radeon HD 3650 with hybrid crossfire ati radeon 3200 (on my board).

    Thank you.

  37. I have installed ATI catalyst driver 10.2 on my BIOSTAR TA790GX A3+ motherboard . After installing X server gets hang no display. the chip set on the motherboard is HD3300.

    I am going to try mesa-dri-drivers-experimental and will let you know !

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