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Old 05-07-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Drivers installation path


I've downloaded this ( http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...2&lang=English ) driver and executed it with:

Code:
sudo sh path/to/file.run
The program asks me to enter the installation path, but I don't know where to install that driver (or any other program).

Please advice.

(p.s. I'm using openSuse 11.2 KDE)

Last edited by dor; 05-07-2010 at 11:07 AM.
 
Old 05-07-2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Here goes the complete installation steps performed on fedora.
Hope it works for OpenSUSE too.

Step 1 : Update Kernel, Install kernel-devel

You may like to stick to the kernel version you already have. In case you want the latest kernel, just use yum to get the latest kernel.

Note: Do not forget to update the kernel-devel package as well as its needed to compile the fglrx kernel module.

DONT UPDATE THE KERNEL. Instead stick to whatever kernel version you have. If you have 2.6.30.*, you are unlucky Get a kernel version 2.6.29.* and install the kernel-devel for the same.

With Catalyst Driver version 9.10 you can update kernel to latest version before installing the Drivers.

[root@fedora ~]$ yum update kernel
[root@fedora ~]$ yum install kernel-devel

Step 2 : Download Drivers

Download the ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver from ATI/AMD website.
Step 3 : Install Drivers

Install the drivers that you have downloaded using the following command.

[root@fedora ~]$ bash ./ati-driver-installer-9-8-x86.x86_64.run

Step 4 : Check Installation Result

Check the /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log file for result of installation. If there are no errors, proceed to the next step.

Note: You may see lines like this at the end of file

You must change your working directory to /lib/modules/fglrx
and then call ./make_install.sh in order to install the built module.
- recreating module dependency list
- trying a sample load of the kernel modules
done.

You can ignore these lines happily if they don’t contain any error message. You don’t really need to execute the command mentioned in those lines.
Step 5 : Blacklist radeon and radeonhd kernel modules

Add these lines to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf.

blacklist radeon
blacklist radeonhd

Step 6 : Generate initial Xorg configuration file

Note: This step is optional with Catalyst Driver version 9.10, but it wont harm even if you execute this.

You have to generate the initial xorg.conf file which will use fglrx as display device.

[root@fedora ~]$ aticonfig --initial

Step 7 : Modify xorg.conf

Open your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and add the following line to “Device” section (the one with fglrx as driver)

Option "SWCursor" "true"

Step 8 : Reboot

Reboot your machine. And you’ll have the latest ATI Catalyst drivers working on your Fedora 11
Step 9 : Testing

You can test your newly installed drivers and get the performance benchmarks for your graphics card using the commands below.

[saini@fedora ~]$ glxgears
[saini@fedora ~]$ fgl_glxgears

My graphics card is ATI Radeon HD 3200 (256MB, Onboard) and I get 1500FPS with glxgears and 300FPS with fgl_glxgears.

In case you messup things somewhere, you can uninstall the fglrx drivers using the following command

[root@fedora ~]$ /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh
 
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:07 PM   #3
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wow thanks for the details

This is my system info:
OS: Linux 2.6.31.12-0.2-default i686
System: openSUSE 11.2 (i586)
KDE: 4.3.5 (KDE 4.3.5) "release 0"
My CPU is: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750

As you suggested, my kernel version is higher than permitted. How can I downgrade my kernel version? I tried writing "yum" in the terminal, but with no success (command isn't known)
 
Old 05-08-2010, 03:13 PM   #4
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Its always bad idea to say "I want to downgrade my kernel".
Always install the old kernel and then go for new kernel so that you can have both the kernel to boot during GRUB screen.
So better install the old kernel rather than downgrading.
I must say "there are risk factors of loosing new drivers shipped default with new kernel".
 
Old 05-08-2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by dor View Post
wow thanks for the details

This is my system info:
OS: Linux 2.6.31.12-0.2-default i686
System: openSUSE 11.2 (i586)
KDE: 4.3.5 (KDE 4.3.5) "release 0"
My CPU is: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750

As you suggested, my kernel version is higher than permitted. How can I downgrade my kernel version? I tried writing "yum" in the terminal, but with no success (command isn't known)
What kind of ATI card are you using, specifically?? There are much more detailed (and accurate) installation instructions on that download page that you linked to. The PDF file contains VERY detailed instructions, and the package itself contains an automatic installer.

For some of the cards, you may want to back-rev your ATI driver. The 10.3 drivers have been reported to have problems, but if you tell us your card information, we might be able to point you to a new driver.
 
  


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