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Old 08-11-2005, 05:44 AM   #1
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ATI drivers in FC4

I've read the FAQs and tutorials on installing ATI drivers in general and in Red Hat, but I've had absolutely no luck so far with anything. My problem is with installing the rpm. All the tutorials that deal with rpms directly say to run this in the console as root:

# rpm -Uvh --force ati.rpm

But when I run it (logged in as root, not through su), it outputs this:
Quote: is needed by fglrx_6_8_0-8.14.13-1.i386 is needed by fglrx_6_8_0-8.14.13-1.i386 is needed by fglrx_6_8_0-8.14.13-1.i386
I just went through updating everything with up2date (which took hours because nothing had a GPG key, so I had to manually say yes to every single file...). I thought maybe this could be solved by doing the other thing all the tutorials suggest, which is running:

# yum install gcc

It got rid of some old packages and added some new ones, but couldn't find any gcc updates. I tried running the rpm line in console again. Same output. So, I tried going to to make sure yum was configured properly. I updated yum.conf, then tried again. Same results. I wanted to make sure I wasn't just typing it in wrong, so I checked yum check-updates. The only updates were for my kernal, which is currently 2.6.11 (FC4).

So... does anyone know what's wrong? This is a fresh install of Red Hat FC4 with all the updates from up2date (now including livna) as of 30 seconds ago.
Old 08-11-2005, 11:08 AM   #2
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ATI drivers in FC4

By strange chance, I'm working on the same problem (getting an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 from emachines to "work" with
the fglxr driver from the ATI site). On FC4, even.

Here's what I've learned so far. To install it, first install compat-libstdc++-033 (IIRC) with yum. In fact, you might try installing all the libstdc++ compatibility libraries, e.g. yum install compat-libstdc++\*

This will satisfy the missing dependency. However, when you try to install the fglx-whatever rpm, it will complain that the
install conflicts with the existing mesa library. yum will offer to remove this library for you -- with 300 or so other packages
that use it. Since I'm experimenting, I went ahead and did an rpm -Uvh --force (generally a really bad idea:-).

This gets the package installed, which is the good part. Then one runs fglrxconfig to try to set up you system. On a GOOD day,
your particular card is found and recognized, probably on the basis of its pci data (try lspci to see what shows up for the
graphics card). On a bad day, the card isn't recognized and entering its pci bus id explicitly into the xorg.conf file the
config program creates fails. I'm personally having a bad day and looking around to see if anybody has managed to fix this. That's how I found your post.

SO, this might get you to where you can install the rpm and try the config utility. Hope you have more luck than I am having as far as card recognition is concerned...

rgb (rgbrown on this forum)
Old 08-11-2005, 11:47 AM   #3
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more on ATI drivers (livna)

I hate to post a follow to a followup, but I'm actively working on this. I found what looks like it will be an even better solution here:

Basically, you should very likely grab the livna repo rpm and install it, then follow the instructions on the web page above, although I have to confess that although it is a much more pleasant and effective process than the one I went through, it still doesn't recognize my hardware even if I put the PCI bus entry in by hand. Anybody who figures this little tidbit out will make me very happy...

Old 08-11-2005, 12:36 PM   #4
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I opened a ticket for this with ATI. The livna supplied driver is right up to date with their binary release, comes with the needed kernel module, and "works" right up to where the driver FINDS the device (its PCI bus address being
explicitly entered) but fails to find a device it is willing to TALK to there.

It looks like ATI is working on this -- lots of new versions of the driver package recently. It doesn't hurt to let them know how many people are waiting on them, though...;-)
Old 08-13-2005, 09:13 PM   #5
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I wish that driver would just work already...I use ubuntu, and converting the rpm to a deb is fine, but I then had the same problem that rgbrown had, in that it conflicts with mesa. I just went ahead and removed the mesa packages, installed the driver, and then reinstalled mesa. I actually think it worked, except that I missed a few of the mesa packages when I reinstalled them....
I had a screen with a high resolution that was good and was even using the fglrx driver, but then it crashed and died.
Old 08-16-2005, 04:15 AM   #6
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That's weird, I had no problems install the ATi drivers at all
Old 09-16-2005, 02:30 AM   #7
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Originally posted by 92b16vx
That's weird, I had no problems install the ATi drivers at all
I've had it work perfectly under FC3 on ATI retail radeon 9200 with both 2D and 3D.

But I have no luck with HP Pavilion zv6000 that comes with ATI Xpress 200M under FC4. 2D works perfectly, but /var/log/Xorg.0.log says 3D is not loaded.

I compiled fglrx manually by editing /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/firegl_public.c and replacing #include "asm/ioctl32.h" with #include "asm/ioctl.h". The compile had bunch of warnings about deprecated functions. The next time X starts, 3D driver does load, but the screen is completely blank. Also, it hangs when I try to kill X. I wonder if the driver needs some updates to match FC4's kernel (I updated to 2.6.12-1.1447)

The ethernet was also flakey when the fglrx module is present. I had to manually remove fglrx.ko, reboot, and 'depmod -a' before ethernet became stable.

Hope ATI updates the driver soon, unless someone already found a way to make 3d work.
Old 09-17-2005, 02:19 AM   #8
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Check out THIS LINK

Offcourse you have to change the ATI rpm package to: These Ones

I see you tried to install driver version "8.14.13", the link above points to "8.16.20"

I got things working under 64BIT, I assume 32BIT should be easier...

Good Luck !


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