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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

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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

General Informations about 11.10

Warning to Gnome3 users

Unfortunately, a severe bug exist between fglrx and Gnome3 (11.4 and next 12.1) which render the usage of Gnome3 impossible. The good news is that a patch will exist next month for Gnome 3.4, and it will be backported to Gnome 3.2 normally in the beginning of December.

The somewhat good news don’t switch to another distribution, you will have the same troubles 🙂
Our advise : stick to the free radeon which works. And perhaps will suffice for what you have to do, during the next 6 weeks

  • 11.10 Quick review :
  • Catalyst 11.10 installer (pdf). You can always look for supported chipset at 11.10 Release Notes
  • Get the cheat-sheet 11.10 version
  • Kernel 3.1 is supported
  • Support of openSUSE 11.2 is removed, if you are still using it with Evergreen project, I’ve kept the repository with older version
  • Tested and working on stock 11.4 kde 4.6.0 and kde 4.7.3 with a HD5750
  • Tested with flash 64 under Firefox 7.0.1
  • Factory will be tested next week
  • Sebastian Siebert (freespacer) : 11.10 article (German)

I’ve created now a repository dedicated to 12.1, so if you are using 12.1RC please switch to that one, next month it will differ from the Factory one

zypper ar -c -f -n "ATI/AMD fglrx non-official" http://geeko.ioda.net/mirror/ati/openSUSE_12.1/ "ATI/AMD FGLRX"

Installation, Caution, Troubles


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

For a first installation, if you don’t remove radeon from the initrd, you will get in trouble. Don’t thanks who removed that from the wiki. 🙁


  • 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
  • AMD CCLE didn’t get correctly upgraded if xorg is running during the upgrade my advise, go to console and as root do the following :
    init 3
    rcatievenstd stop
    zypper ref
    zypper up
    init 6

    let the package rebuild the kernel driver. And for me I always remove the newly xorg.conf file created.
    reboot is mandatory!


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.
Or remove it totally and reuse free radeon driver. Think to remove any reference to fglrx inside xorg config files. and remove the blacklist radeon.
Under kde4, some system settings in Desktop Effects can drop you out of sync with your screen. alt+shift+F12 (disable desktop effect toggle keyboard shortcut) can restore your desktop.

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
August 2011 16699 47743 913574 935978 122.73 GB
September 2011 17377 53836 980932 1010932 94.34 GB
October 2011 18427 58307 1123653 1151748 130.60 GB

All proudly served by openSUSE 11.4 powered server!
Have a lot of fun!
My month wish : can someone add a G+ button on our wordpress?

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17 Responses to “ATI/AMD fglrx 8.902 Catalyst 11.10 available for openSUSE 11.3, 11.4, 12.1 & Factory”

  1. sumski

    Hi! Why do i get:
    LIBGL_DEBUG=verbose glxinfo > /dev/null
    libGL: OpenDriver: trying /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrast_dri.so
    libGL error: dlopen /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrast_dri.so failed (/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrast_dri.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)
    libGL error: unable to load driver: swrast_dri.so
    libGL: OpenDriver: trying /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrastg_dri.so
    libGL error: dlopen /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrastg_dri.so failed (/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/drivers//swrastg_dri.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)
    libGL error: unable to load driver: swrastg_dri.so
    libGL error: reverting to indirect rendering


  2. sumski don’t get fool by tools

    Have a look at your Xorg.0.log and also try to use the atigetsystemconfig.sh tools

    My results are available here

    If you check carefully you will see that glxinfo goes wrong too, but fglrx_dri is loaded and fully functionnal.

  3. sumski

    Bruno, thanks for the respone.
    I’m not fooled , but obviosly kwin is:

    export KWIN_DIRECT_GL=1
    [17:57] hrvoje@shumarija ~$ kwin –replace
    QDBusConnection: session D-Bus connection created before QCoreApplication. Application may misbehave.
    OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
    OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
    OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1 (3.3.11161 Compatibility Profile Context))
    Driver: Catalyst
    Driver version: 2.1
    GPU class: R600
    OpenGL version: 1.4
    X server version: 1.9.3
    Linux kernel version: 3.1
    Direct rendering: no
    Requires strict binding: yes
    GLSL shaders: no
    Texture NPOT support: yes
    kwin(518): glCheckFramebufferStatus failed: “GL_NO_ERROR”
    kwin(518): Failed to compile fragment program:
    kwin(518): Shaders are not supported
    kwin(518): Shaders are not supported
    kwin(518): Shaders are not supported
    kwin(518) KWin::checkGLError: GL error ( PostPaint ): “GL_INVALID_ENUM”
    kwin(518): Sorry shaders are not available – cannot activate Cylinder
    kwin(518): Sorry shaders are not available – cannot activate Cylinder


    I was able to use direct rendering on other distro’s when using fglrx.
    So, how can i solve this? 🙂

  4. Bruno Friedmann

    Interesting reading here

    Was given after I can reproduce (by forcing Direct Rendering which is not recommended)

  5. Erick

    Same problem… and very, very poor performance with xorg server 1.10

  6. Erick

    I have the same problem, and very poor performance with xorg server 1.10. With xorg server 1.09 the performance are rigth (i think).

  7. Erick

    Another question, do you have problems with transparencies? if i use openSUSE 12.1 this don’t looks good (Catalyst), but if switch to radeon (open) this work right and “direct rendering” are yes.

    With catalyst “direct rendering” are no, you can check your logs to.

    I don’t know what are the problem, i am downgraded kernel and xorg server, but the problem still. If i use openSUSE 11.4 all are right.

    I’m searching a very lot in Internet, and your blog are the only result.

    • All of those troubles are now fixed in 11.11 (8.911) at least with our rpms & the Sebastian Siebert makerpm scripts.
      My advice, is you have anything installed, remove & cleanup your installation.
      Then that work just out of the box

      • Erick

        Thank you very much.

        You are right i need first uninstall all, reboot and later install. If i install over old files, these get error.

        Direct rendering now works. But still be slow with xorg-server 1.10, if i update to 1.11 everything works good. 🙂

        openSUSE 12.1, ATI Radeon HD 5670, i5, and 4 GB of ram.

  8. Erick

    The problem still in Catalyst 11.11 (i am compiled manually).

  9. sumski

    Bruno, thanks for your efforts. I get no crashes using fglrx + direct rendering on (k)ubuntu:



  10. sumski

    Fantastic! I can confirm that it works with 8.911!

  11. opus

    hank you very much, It works flawlessly with KDE 4.7.2 in OpenSUSE 12.1.