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Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 14.4 (14.10.1006-1) rpm released

May 2nd, 2014 by

As of May 2nd, a bunch of new rpm for FGLRX has been released for openSUSE 11.4 to 13.1 including Tumbleweed

Notice

This release concern only owners of radeon HD5xxx or above.
For older gpu, the fglrx-legacy is still 13.1, and thus didn’t work with openSUSE 12.3 or above.
SDB:AMD_fgrlx_legacy
Beware of that, and prefer the free open-source radeon driver which came out of the box from your openSUSE distribution.
For 12.3 and especially 13.1 the free radeon often offer a better experience than the old fglrx-legacy, especially for HD2xxx-HD4xxx range.

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Release note about 14.4

AMD Full release note

New Features:
The following section provides a summary of new features in this driver version.

Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
Ubuntu 12.04.4  support
Full support for OpenGL 4.4
  OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
		ARB_buffer_storage
		ARB_enhanced_layouts
		ARB_query_buffer_object
		ARB_clear_texture
		ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
		ARB_texture_stencil8
		ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
		ARB_multi_bind
		ARB_bindless_texture
		ARB_spare_texture
		ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
		ARB_indirect_parameters
		ARB_shader_group_vote

Resolved Issues:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst Linux Software Suite.

        Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
        Memory leak about hardware context
        EGL create context error for glesx
        GPU hand in CrossFire Mode
        [Piglit] Test "spec/arb_vertex_array_object" failed
        [Piglit] Test "glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context" failed
        [Piglit] Test "spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map" failed
        Piglit] Test "texture swizzle with border color" failed
        Glxtest failures observed in log file
        Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
        4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
        RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
        ETQW segmentation fault

Known Issues:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst Linux Software Suite.

Performance on some Steam OS games is lower on 1GB graphics memory cards, compared with 2GB graphics memory cards
Some Piglit tests cause a system hang under Ubuntu

This Catalyst fglrx version support openSUSE version from 11.4 to 13.1 plus Tumbleweed (thus covering kernel from 3.11 to 3.14 series).
A special thanks to Sebastian Siebert for his effort on making this driver working under openSUSE and latest kernel.

If a kind German geeko can take the time to translate his article, put the result in comments below, you will understand that getting it working,
is not just Fun.

Notice for users of the -beta repository

If you previously used the fglrx drivers using the -beta created for fglrx 13.35, you could now switch back the url of the repository to the standard one.
The beta will contain now outdated driver until AMD release a new one.
If you were using the normal repository the update should appear directly

To change the url if your repository is called FGLRX
zypper mr -n FLGRX http://geeko.ioda.net/mirror/amd-fglrx/openSUSE_13.1

Tumbleweed

If you upgrade your tumbleweed from 12.3 to 13.1. You have remove the old package and install the new one.

zypper rm fglrx64_xpic_SUSE123

zypper in fglrx64_xpic_SUSE131
[snipped par of installation]
Calling 'depmod -a 3.12.5-3.g48b587a-desktop' this may take a while...

Summary report:
================================================================================

   Kernel     => 3.12.5-3.g48b587a-desktop
   Detected   => RPM package
   Build      => [ OK ]
   Install    => [ OK ]

*************************************************************
Please read "/usr/share/doc/packages/fglrx/README.SuSE" for
configuration details when using SaX2.
*************************************************************
...

Sebastien Siebert making script

Sebastian Siebert post about 14.4

If you have any problems with the driver, don’t be afraid to report to Sebastian (German and English bugreports are gladly accepted).
he will try, as far as I am able to reproduce the bug. Together with the necessary system information, he will go directly to the right place at AMD to have the bug fixed in the next driver release.
Thank you very much, Sebastian.

See below what to do in case of troubles.

Or you can also ping him on irc (freespacer)

Debugging troubles

I recommend in case of trouble the use of his script which can collect the whole informations needed to help you. then you just have to issue a simple commande in console to collect all informations, you can review them, and finally transmit them.
Check the website to get the latest.

su -c 'sh makerpm-amd-14.4.sh -ur'
The system report 'amd-report.txt' was generated.                                                                                                          [ OK ]
Do you want to read the system report 'amd-report.txt' now? yes/no [y/n]: y
Are you sure to upload the above-named system report to sprunge.us? yes/no [y/n]: y

The report was uploaded to sprunge.us.
   The link is:  http://sprunge.us/eMEB

Copy paste the link in the comment zone of Sebastian post

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2 Responses to “Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 14.4 (14.10.1006-1) rpm released”

  1. Don Curtis

    Post from Sebastian Siebert dated 1st May 2014 with updates dated 27th May 2014:

    AMD Catalyst 14.4 driver (fglrx 14.10.1006) has been published and supports Radeon HD 5000 and higher graphic cards. The script makerpm-amd-14.4.sh is available for download as of now and supports openSUSE 11.4, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 13.1 as well as kernels up to and including 3.13. The packaging script includes a patch which supports kernels up to and including 3.14.

    Update: (27th May 2014)
    The script has been updated to support the 2nd version of the AMD Catalyst 14.4 driver (fglrx 14.10.1006.1001). Unfortunately AMD hadn’t updated the Release Notes to include the latest driver changes.

    Excerpts from the latest AMD Catalyst 14.4 Release Notes are as follows:

    New Features:
    Support for the AMD Radeon R9 295X
    Ubuntu 12.04.4 support
    Full support for OpenGL 4.4
    OpenGL 4.4 supports the following extensions:
    ARB_buffer_storage
    ARB_enhanced_layouts
    ARB_query_buffer_object
    ARB_clear_texture
    ARB_texture_mirror_clamp_to_edge
    ARB_texture_stencil8
    ARB_vertex_type_10f_11f_11f_rev
    ARB_multi_bind
    ARB_bindless_texture
    ARB_spare_texture
    ARB_seamless_cubemap_per_texture
    ARB_indirect_parameters
    ARB_shader_group_vote

    The following issues have been resolved by the new driver:

    Corruption and system hang observed while running Sanctuary BM with Tear Free Desktop enabled
    Memory leak about hardware context
    EGL create context error for glesx
    GPU hand in CrossFire Mode
    [Piglit] Test “spec/arb_vertex_array_object” failed
    [Piglit] Test “glx/GLX_EXT_import_context/free context” failed
    [Piglit] Test “spec/ARB_seamless_cube_map” failed
    Piglit] Test “texture swizzle with border color” failed
    Glxtest failures observed in log file
    Blank screen observed while running steam games with Big picture
    4ms delay observed in the glxSwapBuffers when vsync is enabled
    RBDoom3BFG the game auto quit when use the security camera terminal
    ETQW segmentation fault

    The following unresolved issues have not been addressed by the new driver:
    Performance on some Steam OS games is lower on 1GB graphics memory cards, compared with 2GB graphics memory cards
    Some Piglit tests cause a system hang under Ubuntu

    –——————————————————————
    I have tested the following Steam games and found that they run as expected with the new driver:
    Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    Cities in Motion 2
    Creeper World III: Arc Eternal
    Crusader Kings II
    Darwinia
    Defcon
    Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition
    Euro Trucker Simulator
    Europa Universalis IV
    Game Dev Tycoon
    Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
    Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
    Hotel Miami
    Kerbal Space Program
    Prison Architect
    Project Zomboid
    Shadow Warrior Classic Redux
    Strike Suit Zero
    Survivor Squad
    Wargame: AirLand Battle
    Wargame: European Escalation

    –——————————————————————
    I have a little request: if you discover any problems or issues with the new driver, please do not hesitate to report the noticed behaviour (I happily accept reports in English or German ;-)). I will attempt, so far as possible, to reproduce each reported problem. Together with the necessary System Information I will then forward the reported problem on to the responsible AMD staff for correction with the driver release. Thank you! :-)

    Users of older AMD graphic cards (Radeon HD Series 2000 – 4000) are strongly advised to avoid the installation of this current “fglrx” driver. The open source Radeon driver which supports older graphic cards is included with the openSUSE distribution. The regular improvements made to the open source Radeon driver require the installation of the related (new) kernel version.

  2. Don Curtis

    Translation of the post by Sebastian Siebert dated 1st May 2014 with updates dated 27th May 2014:

    AMD Catalyst 14.4 driver (fglrx 14.10.1006)
    The makerpm-amd script:

    The script “makerpm-amd-14.4.sh” is quite powerful, robust and runs completely automatically. The AMD installer is automatically downloaded if it cannot be found in the current directory. A check is made to ensure that the detected graphic card is supported. If required, after the RPM package has been built the package contents are installed.

    The script accepts the following options:
    -b
    Only build the RPM package (default behaviour)
    -c
    Only configure the X-Server.
    Monitor type: “single” = 1 monitor; “dual” = 2 monitors.
    (N.B.: run only if problems with the default X-Server configuration occur.)
    -d
    Only download the AMD installer.
    -i
    Build the RPM package and then install or update the package contents.
    -kms
    Activate or deactivate the kernel mode-setting (KMS).
    -nohw
    Explicitly deactivate hardware detection. (For example when building the RPM package in a VM.)
    -old2ddriver
    Activate or deactivate the old 2-D driver.
    -r | –report
    Generate a report and store it in the file named “amd-report.txt”.
    -u | –uninstall
    Completely remove the AMD Catalyst from the system.
    First, if it has been installed, the “fglrx” package is de-installed. Then, any AMD files and directories present are removed.
    Note: if the rebuild script was installed, then it is also removed and the initialisation script “/etc/init.d/xdm” is reinstalled.
    -ur | –uploadreport
    Same as the option “-report” except that the generated report is uploaded to the NoPaste service “sprunge.us” and the resulting URL is returned.
    -h
    Display this help text and then exit.
    -V
    Display the current version of this script and then exit.

    Help! It doesn’t work!
    Please adhere to the following rules:

    1. Check that the call to the script has been correctly typed.
    2. It is possible that the solution has been documented in the openSUSE AMD graphic driver SDB.
    3. Read the comments (mostly in German) to Sebastian’s website.
    [Translated comments may appear soon.]

    When the above rules have been adhered to, then you may forward your concerns to me (Sebastian Siebert).
    In order that I can help you, please prepare the issue you wish to report as follows: with the script “makerpm-amd-14.4.sh” create and upload a report:
    > su -c ‘sh makerpm-amd-14.4.sh -ur’
    The script will return a URL to the report’s location on ‘sprunge.us’. Create a comment on my website and include the generated ‘sprunge.us’ URL with the description of the issue you have uncovered. I will inspect your report and give assistance as to how the issue can be possibly resolved.

    Feedbacks are always welcome! :-)