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AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx & fglrx legacy news

July 31st, 2012 by

AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx & fglrx legacy news

Explanations of Hell

During June, with the version 12.6 (8.980) AMD decide to drop support for legacy radeon chipset from its main fglrx package and drop the time based release cycle.
So now if you are the owner of radeon hd2xxx to hd4xxx chipset family you will have to use the -legacy- version of fglrx, and
consequently if you have a radeon hd5xxx or above, you have to use the standard fglrx driver.
Then start the hell. After getting the new developed script from Sebastian Siebert, I will be able to offer the two versions. Unfortunately the two drivers can’t coexist in the same repository, the legacy drivers wants to install in place of normal one. This imply another limitation, you can’t have two graphics cards with differents generation at the same time.
So I decide to clarify (is that possible? :-)) the mess, and split the drivers in two distinct repositories. I use that excuse to also change the ati (deprecated brand name) and use new names: amd-fglx and amd-fglrx-legacy.
Don’t worry about your exiting installation, I will provide a symlink during the next 6 months at least for the old repositories. But read carefully the rest of the story, and apply any changes needed to your installation to be sure to continue to safely use the right driver.
I also decided to remove any version below 12.4 (8.961) in all repositories, except for openSUSE 11.2.

I need your help to spread those informations around the internet, and be sure that every user that need this driver know where and how to use it right. Tweet FbLike G+ forums, mailing list, private blogs Go now!

Release note about 12.6 and legacy 8.97.100

Both version can handle kernel 3.4 and 3.5

Sebastian Siebert warn us about the state of legacy

AMD catalyst control center and fgl_glxgears

These cards with the unofficial support of openSUSE 12.2 can run in the ideal case, just under 2 more years. However, one must keep in mind that the legacy driver is looked after, while AMD continues and eliminates errors found, but will not add new features. This can mean, among other things, that the next version of GNOME or KDE will not run with its 3D effects, especially when used with a desktop or Tumbleweed extra repository.

Sebastian’s post

If you have any comments, be do on his blog. Don’t be shy, you can leave there the result of test in english too :D
or ask in forums, irc and ping freespacer.
See below what to do in case of troubles.

12.2 Factory rpms are presently available, use at your own risk, and report bugs in forums and Sebastian blogs.
Anyways, factory and 12.2 should keep their effort on debuging and testing widely the free radeon driver.

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AMD/ATI fglrx 8.961 Catalyst 12.4 (build 5) rpms available for openSUSE 12.2, 12.1, 11.4, 11.3 & Tumbleweed

May 31st, 2012 by

Those informations are obsolete now : please consult //lizards.opensuse.org/?p=8888

AMD/ATI Catalyst 12.4 / fglrx 8.961 (build 5 revised) rpms are available

Quick Résumé about 12.4

The first version available in repository from April 30th has trouble with any kernel never than 3.3

Sebastian Siebert has create a patch for kernel 3.4+, I google translate quickly his blog article here.

AMD catalyst control center and fgl_glxgears

May 30th 2012
WARNING! Who use AMD Catalyst 12.4 driver from the AMD installer will inevitably have problems with kernel 3.4.0 and higher (eg from the Tumbleweed repo).
Because the driver is designed, at least up to kernel 3.3.x on openSUSE only.
Here are some examples of errors when compiling a kernel module fglrx:

error: 'cpu_possible_map' undeclared (first use in this function) ... 
error: implicit declaration of function '__save_init_fpu'

Or when you load the fglrx kernel module:

 A FATAL: Error inserting fglrx (/ lib/modules/3.4.0-25-desktop/extra/fglrx.ko): Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)
 The output of dmesg: fglrx: Unknown symbol old_rsp (err 0) 

I now have an updated makerpm-amd script and replaced the older packaging from script to a newer.
At this point, I say thank you for the helpful feedback and also to the AMD community that their minds have assembled to investigate the problem and make it to the world.
The packaging script I maintain, need no extra time. The kernel patches for the compiler error I’ve already entered for this month in the AMD installer. In the next AMD Catalyst we will not need this patch anymore. Since the patch will be included in the source fglrx from AMD for the next version.

Small warning for stormy times: AMD plans to graphics chips R6xx/R7xx not lead to the main branch.
The graphics card series Radeon HD 2000, 3000 and 4000 are affected (Phoronix has reported). The last supported version is expected to be AMD Catalyst 12.7. However, AMD has turned in and stored in a separate branch of this, it weiterzupflegen there. It means that no new feature added, but only fix bugs. openSUSE 11.4 and 12.1 is still supported and maintained. The chances are good that the driver to get there will also run on an X-Server 1.12.
The next openSUSE version 12.2 in July, will should use the X-server 1.10, so that the driver theoretically run on this version of openSUSE. For this I’ll create a separate makerpm-amd script, that this legacy continues as usual drivers to install on openSUSE 11.4 and 12.1 (possibly 12.2) and will also provide the necessary kernel patches. AMD believes that these chipsets will already extensive support from the free Radeon driver. So it is time to order a new graphics card in order to continue the beta drivers from AMD Catalyst testing on openSUSE. A new graphics card was already planned last October. So I will finally keep your hardware donation for the new graphics card.

See more at Sebastian’s blog.
Don’t be shy, you can leave there the result of test in english too :D
or ask in forums, irc and ping freespacer.
See below what to do in case of troubles.

The rpms version 8.961 are available from Thursday May 31

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.950 Catalyst 12.2 rpm available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1

March 8th, 2012 by

Those informations are obsolete now : please consult //lizards.opensuse.org/?p=8888

AMD/ATI Catalyst 12.2 / fglrx 8.950 rpm are available

News, the build -3 now should build perfectly with kernel 3.2+ & 3.3, Thanks to Sebastian for the patch

Quick Résumé about 12.2

AMD rename their installer, So Sebastian did the same for his script.

I will just copy/google translate/paste here the comment made by Sebastian Siebert on his blog :

amdccle

AMD has released some time later the driver. The only reason was the fact that AMD has jumped over the version 8.94 because of possible driver issues with some graphics cards. I’ve also updated the packaging script because AMD had unfortunately not include my changes in their AMD installer. (Remember? No time? Who knows … Especially since AMD closed mailing list was down.) It affects even the atieventsd.sh init script. There has been specified for the start of the script in run level 3 and also the XDM (X window manager) provided what IMHO makes no sense. On the other hand, the power mode script (ati powermode.sh) kicked out for good. Since the driver already supports the suspend mode and does not require a helper script anymore.
Driver support now AMD Radeon HD 7950, HD 7970, HD 7990

See more at Sebastian’s blog. Don’t be shy, you can leave there the result of test in english too :D
or ask in forums, irc and ping freespacer.
See below what to do in case of troubles.

The rpms version 8.950 are available from Thursday March 8th.

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.930 Catalyst 12.1 rpm available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1

January 27th, 2012 by

Those informations are obsolete now : please consult //lizards.opensuse.org/?p=8888

AMD/ATI Catalyst 12.1 / fglrx 8.930 rpm are available

Sorry I missed in December the annoucement release for the 8.920, but from what I’ve seen. zypper up do the job for you :-)

Quick Résumé about 12.1

AMD rename their installer, So Sebastian did the same for his script.

I will just copy/google translate/paste here the comment made by Sebastian Siebert on his blog :

With this version AMD Catalyst Gnome 3.2 issues (flickering and screen cracks) are finally resolved.
According to AMD, the notebook with the PowerXpress technology (Intel-/AMD-Grafikkarte – discrete GPU) should work again.
I would be grateful if someone could test this functionality for me and give me feedback. Thank you.

See more at Sebastian’s blog. Don’t be shy, you can leave there the result of test in english too :D
See below what to do in case of troubles.

The rpms version 8.930 are available from Friday January 27th

My advise is to firstly remove any existing version with zypper rm, then just zypper in the new version, even if 8.930 are the first version I’ve seen making its upgrade correctly.

As usual, I let the last 2 previous versions in the repository, just in case you need it.

Catalyst 8.930 fglrx 12.1 in action

Tested on a fresh 12.1 + updates with a stock kde 4.7.2

Factory rpms are not available actually, I’ve not be able to build a new building machine for it.
Anyways, factory and 12.2 should keep their effort on debuging and testing widely the free radeon driver.

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.911 Catalyst 11.11 rpm available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1

November 21st, 2011 by

AMD/ATI Catalyst 11.11 / fglrx 8.911 rpm are available

Call the 911 to rescue your gfx!

Quick Résumé about 11.11

fglrx direct rendering

Several of you has all kind of non feature (mostly called bugs) with Gnome3.2 and kde4 etc…

I will just copy/google translate/paste here the comment made by Sebastian Siebert on his blog

Okay, now that was a long night for me was.  I’ve researched intensively since yesterday evening after the problem of GNOME 3.2 and the XvBA hardware acceleration on openSUSE 12.1. Here, a blog reader has pointed out that the direct installation of the AMD Catalyst could solve the problem. However, I think the direct installation of anything since like AMD will move the existing files, and thus endangering the integrity of files. But I had to start somewhere and so did the RPM package and direct install AMD compared. I could detect no difference in principle, except that some files were installed in a different directory, where they had really nothing to be related. I could at first make any sense why the RPM installation failed. To me a very banal story is remembered. A specific search path ld.so.conf could possibly be kicked out in openSUSE 12.1. I have my current openSUSE 11.4 /etc/ld.so.conf compared with that of openSUSE 12.1 and lo and behold some search paths were removed. I have the necessary path to /usr/X11R6/lib/ or created and /usr/X11R6/lib64 in /etc/ld.so.conf.d/fglrx.conf for the fglrx driver, and lo and behold “vainfo” tells me that everything is in order. Now comes the interesting question: Is the problem fixed with GNOME 3.2 now? The answer: YES!  So, dear people, you invite the makerpm-ati-down script with the updated packaging script installs the driver as usual and have fun with the new openSUSE 12.1 and the AMD Catalyst driver.

All rpms are updated now

The 8.911 version are available from saturday November 19th

My advise is to firstly remove any existing version with zypper rm, then just zypper in the new version

Factory rpms are not available actually, Factory 12.2 has just change it’s version number in /etc/SuSE-release and thus is not detected for the moment.
The next version should see 12.2 supported (December). Anyway you have to debug radeon on factory please!

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.902 Catalyst 11.10 available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1 & Factory

November 5th, 2011 by

superseeded by //lizards.opensuse.org/?p=8224

The AMD/ATI Catalyst 11.10 / fglrx 8.902 is now available

Importants informations are contained is this post, so carefully read it!

linux.ioda.net is replaced by geeko.ioda.net

I decide to re-organize the openSUSE stuff on my servers, and then I create a dedicated host geeko.ioda.net for that. I firstly link all old links as alias or setup redirection to the new host.
So if you can’t change the old address immediately don’t worry until December 31st.

Like before the server is fully accessible by ipv4 & ipv6, powered by openSUSE distribution.

Server layout

The new hostname is : http://geeko.ioda.net
Different kind of mirrored stuff /mirror
ATI fglrx mirrors http://geeko.ioda.net/mirror/ati
GIT Mirrors (sync every 10 minutes) /git
Gitorious clone of opensuse/art http://geeko.ioda.net/git/art/
Gitorious clone of opensuse-artwork http://geeko.ioda.net/git/opensuse-artwork/
GitHub clone of the new consolidated artwork http://geeko.ioda.net/git/artwork/

Rsync services

For those of you who need to sync the repository (ATI or GIT) you can now proceed with rsync.
rsync://geeko.ioda.net/ati/ for amd/ati repository and rsync://geeko.ioda.net/git/ for the artwork/marketing stuff

Example for a mirror of fglrx for openSUSE 12.1

rsync -av -P --no-checksum --no-o --no-g --delete -h rsync://geeko.ioda.net/ati/openSUSE_12.1/ /Your_Best_Path_Storage/mirror/ati/openSUSE_12.1/

We need you!

Even if today I already change the main ATI wiki page there will have a lot of stuff outside which contain the old server address. If you can fix them each time you saw that error, it will help any potential users to get the right informations.
About the wiki, the page need also your love and contribution, look at the wiki team remark in the header. So if you feel comfortable with wiki syntax, your help in fixing SDB/ATI will be really appreciate.

- Are you a virtuose on the forums, please pick and paste those informations there!
- Are you a social network addict, please forward as much as you can!
- Are you a designer/artist, I need something great to the home page of geeko.ioda.net, contact me, let a comment

You are brave, and knows how to fix your computer? There a beta one click installer available (feedback welcome)
AMD/ATI fglrx one click installer

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.892 Catalyst 11.9 available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1 (Factory)

October 2nd, 2011 by

A new version of amd/ati Catalyst 11.9 / fglrx 8.892 is available

I’ve rebuild and published the new rpms on October 1st

fglrx-8.892-11.9 in action

fglrx 8.892 Catalyst 11.9 in action

  • 11.9 Quick review :
  • There’s no full changelog for Linux, but Catalyst 11.9 installer (pdf). You can always look for supported chipset at 11.9 Release Notes
  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.9 version
  • Kernel supported up to 3.1x version
  • Removed support of openSUSE 11.2, if you are still using it with Evergreen project, the repository still exist with older version
  • Tested and working on stock 11.4 and kde 4.7.1
  • Check that kernel module build correctly under factory

Sebastian Siebert (freespacer) : 11.9 article (German)

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.881 Catalyst 11.8 available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1 (Factory)

August 20th, 2011 by

A new version of amd/ati Catalyst 11.8 / fglrx 8.881 is available

I’ve rebuild and published the new rpms today

Catalyst 11.8 - fglrx-8.881 in action

  • 11.8 Quick review :
  • There’s no full changelog for Linux, but Catalyst 11.8 installer (pdf). You can always look for supported chipset at 11.8 Release Notes
  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.8 version
  • Kernel supported up to 3.0x version
  • Removed support of openSUSE 11.2, if you are still using it with Evergreen project, the repository still exist with older version
  • Tested and working on stock 11.4 kde 4.6.0
  • Tested and working on live usb stick 11.4 Gnome3 (GNOME_3.i686-1.3.0-Build1.3.iso + updates)

Contributing back

I’m refering about my previous post, and invite you to help back contributing to
Click here to lend your support to: Funding ATI-AMD fglrx packager Sebastian Siebert and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

Sebastian Siebert (freespacer) : 11.8 article (German)

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ATI/AMD fglrx 8.872 Catalyst 11.7 available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1 (Factory)

August 1st, 2011 by

New version of amd/ati Catalyst 11.7 / fglrx 8.872 available

I’ve rebuild and published the new rpms last wednesday, but didnt find the time to give some news here.

amd ccle control center

Please refer to my previous article where all the installation procedure is explained.

  • Quick résumé :
  • There’s no full changelog about them, but Catalyst 11.7 installer (pdf)
  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.6 version
  • Kernel supported up to 3.0x version
  • Removed support of openSUSE 11.2, if you are still using it with Evergreen project, the repository still exist with older version
  • Wrong (to my point of view) create an xorg.conf file which is unneeded if you work with /etc/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf and have driver "fglrx&quot inside

Troubles?

Some instabilities could happen. In case of crash like no keyboard, mouse, and blackscreen on reboot. Try to shutdown properly your computer with the shutdown poweroff button (or remote ssh). On reboot, just add 3 at the end of grub line to restart in console mode.
Then with yast or zypper you can always remove the actual version and try the previous version available in the repos.

All credits to Sebastian Siebert (freespacer) : 11.7 article (German)

What about tumbleweed, factory?

Users have reported that version 8.861 of catalyst 11.6 compile correctly under Tumbleweed with 2.6.39 kernel and the driver is ready for kernel 3.0x, so until xorg change too much and then AMD support for the new version, installing the 11.4 version should work

For factory, I’ve build a repository (see previous article) that can be used, and fglrx build.
The new package are called SUSE121 & no more SUSEFACTORY.

Stats Numbers ?

Month Unique IP Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
Jan 2011 2355 6411 19688 35263 16.63 GB
Feb 2011 2906 7719 26383 41142 22.37 GB
Mar 2011 8055 21157 228494 258613 59.13 GB
Apr 2011 10592 29129 418281 437416 76.87 GB
May 2011 12511 36816 608350 626901 104.91 GB
June 2011 12737 38244 592116 614006 131.19 GB
July 2011 14436 42164 703390 723062 106.68 GB

All proudly served by openSUSE powered server! zypper dup from 11.2 to 11.4 in 45minutes last month

ATI/AMD fglrx 8.861 Catalyst 11.6 available for openSUSE 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, Factory

June 17th, 2011 by

New version of catalyst 11.6 / fglrx 8.861 available

fglrx-8.861

Please refer to my previous article where all the installation procedure is explained.

  • Quick résumé :
  • There’s no full changelog about them, but Catalyst 11.6 installer (pdf)
  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.6 version
  • Kernel supported up to 3.0x version
  • Should be the latest version supporting 11.2
  • Wrong (to my point of view) create an xorg.conf file which is unneeded if you work with /etc/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf and have driver "fglrx&quot inside

Warning

Some instabilities could happen. In case of crash like no keyboard, mouse, and blackscreen on reboot. Try to shutdown properly your computer with the shutdown poweroff button (or remote ssh). On reboot, just add 3 at the end of grub line to restart in console mode.
Then with yast or zypper you can always remove the actual version and try the previous version available in the repos.

All credits to Sebastian Siebert (freespacer) : 11.6 article (German)

What about tumbleweed, factory?

Users have reported that version 8.861 of catalyst 11.6 compile correctly under Tumbleweed with 2.6.39 kernel and the driver is ready for kernel 3.0x, so until xorg change too much and then AMD support for the new version, installing the 11.4 version should work

For factory, I’ve build a repository (see previous article) that can be used, and fglrx build.
The new package are called SUSE121 & no more SUSEFACTORY.

Stats Numbers ?

Month Unique IP Number of visits Pages Hits Bandwidth
Jan 2011 2355 6411 19688 35263 16.63 GB
Feb 2011 2906 7719 26383 41142 22.37 GB
Mar 2011 8055 21157 228494 258613 59.13 GB
Apr 2011 10592 29129 418281 437416 76.87 GB
May 2011 12511 36816 608350 626901 104.91 GB

All proudly served by openSUSE powered server! zypper dup from 11.2 to 11.4 in 45minutes last month