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Old 06-23-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Question Debian-amd64 : Xorg & Ati's fglrx


I am trying to install ati's fglrx-driver on my fresh debian-amd64 box.
Sofar I have only installed a very basic X-server (startx works!) but before I move on I want to install ati's driver.

I have been following the instructions on:

and have succsesfully built the *.deb packages. They fail to install however...(dpkg error)

The reason for this, is that I am apparently running the wrong version of Xorg.
Version 7.0.99 is required, I am running 7.0.22 (thats from etch)

Ati's driver version is: 8.25.18

My question now is, am I doing something completely wrong, or will I have to wait for the required version of Xorg, or can I find the build someother place (I checked with sid, no luck...)

Thanks for any help!

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Old 06-23-2006, 07:54 PM   #2
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You might try an older version of the ati drivers, preferably one that works with xorg 7.0.22.
Old 06-23-2006, 09:40 PM   #3
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Version 7.0.99 is required...
I'm sure there is no version 7.0.99. You may have to modify a script in the ATI package. These drivers have not worked since xorg 6.8, but I have been hearing rumblings that it's time to try again. In fact it looks like you're making pretty good progress.

Sorry I can't be of specific help, but consider me encouraging, and I'll be watching this thread to see if any real assistance is forthcoming.
Old 06-24-2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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yes indeed I had been makeing some progress...

I did manage to install the packages (using ubuntus Xorg) but that totally wrecked my system. I ended up with the 'fonts missing' error, tried to reinstall xfonts-base, which screwed it up complety. That was when I rebuilt my debian system, which has led me to my current problem.

I have tried to find older versions of ati's driver, but without any luck. Their website, like their generall support for linux(especially X86_64) is appaling well...

Does anyone know where I can download older versions of the driver? (I did ask google but it said no to me...)

If that doesn't work, I'll try changing some scripts.
Old 07-08-2006, 02:29 PM   #5
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Exclamation Some Progress...

Well after fiddling around with the 'control-file' in 'fglrx-driver.deb' I have managed to install the fglrx driver. I then built the modules using module-assistant.
I can now load the 'fglrx-module', and
lsmod | grep fglrx
fglrx                 444404  0
shows that it is loaded. However, X refuses to start, claiming
(II) LoadModule: "fglrx"
(WW) Warning, couldn't open module fglrx
(II) UnloadModule: "fglrx"
(EE) Failed to load module "fglrx" (module does not exist, 0)
(EE) No drivers available.
I'm out of ideas...



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