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Old 04-06-2010, 06:44 AM   #1
sasser
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install ati radeon 9800 driver in slackware 13


Hello,

I try to install the catalist 9.3 driver from ati.com. Prior to that I start reading the Installer Note and I got stuck:

Quote:
The following packages must be installed in order for the Catalyst™ Linux
driver to install and work properly:
• XFree86-Mesa-libGL
• libstdc++
• libgcc
• XFree86-libs
• fontconfig
• freetype
• zlib
• gcc
I'm using Slackware 13 - updated to current.
Looking in installed packages list, I found fontconfig, freetype, zlib and gcc.. none of the rest.
OK, I tried to find them on SlackBuilds.org, LinuxPackages.net, google.com and found nothing.. where can I found the missing ones?

PS. I know there are many threads about ati drivers and slackware but I'm newbie and I got even more confused reading those threads.

Thanks.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 08:16 AM   #2
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You can not use fglrx on Slackware 13.0 or higher (1). Catalyst 9.3 requires an older kernel than what comes with Slackware and an older Xserver. If you *must* use fglrx, you should stick with an older distribution. Otherwise, use the open source radeon driver, which does provide 2D and 3D acceleration.

Adam

EDIT:

(1) With that GPU

Last edited by adamk75; 04-06-2010 at 08:21 AM.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 04:06 AM   #3
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The video card is radeon 9800 pro, forgot to mention

Searching the net about radeon open source driver I've found this info:

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fglrx is the name of the closed-source, proprietary driver from AMD/ATI. It conflicts with the open-source "radeon" driver.
This makes me questioning:

1) Do I have the closed-source proprietary driver installed by Slackware or is an open-source driver?

2) I there any worth trying to install an open-source driver? I'm not interested in playing games but I got some compatibility issues with VirtualBox and very slow performance when watching youtube content in fullscreen.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 05:07 AM   #4
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Slackware comes with the open source radeon driver. It should be using it by default. If you are unsure if that's the case, please show us your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file.

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