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By TheRepublican at 2004-07-01 16:57
Getting the ATI fglrx drivers can be a real pain to someone new to linux, that said it is not too hard, and most people should be able to do it, with a little help. So, here's a step-by-step tutorial on getting X up and running with ATI's drivers. All commands should be executed at the command line (without X running, to be safe) and text in brackets ( [ ] ) should be replaced with text appropriate to your system. I assume that by reading this tutorial, you are running Linux on your computer, with some sort of X system installed, have a ATI video card, and have a monitor (duh).
1) Get the drivers.
This is the easiest part of the install, as it should be. Go to http://ati.com/support/driver.html , click Linux, Graphics Driver, and your card model (doesn't really matter, all link to the same page). Grab the driver for the version of X you are using. If unsure, download the script check.sh and run sh check.sh to find out.
NOTE: at this time there are no official XFree86 4.4 drivers available, however the drivers for XFree86 4.3 have been reported to work with 4.4
2) Install the drivers.
- If using RH, SuSE, or Mandrake, install with the command rpm -Uh --force [package name]
- If using Debian, convert to .deb format with a tool like alien and install with your package manager
- If using Slack, convert to .tgz format with a tool like alien or rpm2tgz, and install with installpkg
3) Install Kernel Module.
This step may or may not be necessary on RH or other systems, but definitely was on my Slack 10 box. cd to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/. Now you may need to patch your drivers, depending on your system configuration.
- If running kernel 2.6.7 or greater (I assume, 2.6.7 is the latest version at time of writing) go to http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/3298 , copy the text of the patch on said page and save to a text file.
Next, for each patch you downloaded, run patch -p1 < [path to downloaded patch] in the /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/ directory. See man patch for more help. Now run sh make.sh. Next, cd .. and run sh make_install.sh.
4) Configure X
Almost done now. Run fglrxconfig to configure X. You will need to know information about your video card and monitor, such as V-sync range and H-sync range, all which should be covered in the video card and monitor's documentation. If unsure about something (besides V-sync and H-sync, those are important!), the safest bet is to accept the defaults. When asked to save the file, accept the default if running XFree86, or save to /etc/X11/xorg.conf if running X.org.
5) Start X
Now run startx at the command line, and with any luck you should be looking at a fresh, hardware-accelerated desktop! If not, go over the steps laid out in this tutorial again, check google.com for potential solutions to your problems, ask around here at LQ, or finally PM me with your issue.