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Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 13.8 BETA1 (13.20.5-1) rpm released

August 15th, 2013 by


This release concern only owners of radeon HD5xxx or above. And adventurous users who know how to deal with troubles.
The majority could easily wait the final release, expected somewhat later.

This is experimental & BETA sofware, it could fix issues you encountered, but also can eat your kitten. You’ve been warned !
But good reports have been collected around, especially with never 3.10x kernel series.

Installing the new repository

Admitting you’ve the normal repository named FGLRX, (use zypper lr -d to find the number or name you give it). You have to start by disabling it, so you could fallback to it quickly. Open a root console or add sudo at your convenience and issue the following command:

zypper mr -dR FGLRX

The beta driver is available for 11.4 (evergreen kernel), 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 13.1, Tumbleweed (12.3 based + kernel 3.10) at amd-fglrx-beta

To add another repository in the same console as root issue the following command which will install normally the right repository for your distribution

zypper ar -n FGLRX-BETA -cgf http://geeko.ioda.net/amd-fglrx-beta/openSUSE_`lsb-release -r | awk '{print $2}'` FGLRX-BETA

If you are using Tumbleweed use this one

zypper ar -n FGLRX-BETA -cgf http://geeko.ioda.net/amd-fglrx-beta/openSUSE_Tumbleweed FGLRX-BETA

Now the update/upgrade process

zypper dup -r FGLRX-BETA

Let the system upgrade the package, and try to enjoy the new beta

Release note about 13.8 BETA1 and new repository

This BETA Catalyst fglrx version support openSUSE version from 11.4 to 13.1 (new repository) and also Tumbleweed (thus also kernel 3.10x series).

We create a new repository, to avoid any mix between stable and beta. If you want to try it, you will have to disable the amd-fglrx, and install the
new repository. Also the signer of package have change and use now the generic builder gpg key at Ioda-Net. (gpg key id 65BE584C)

Release Note

A release note is available on AMD website

Highlights of the AMD Catalyst™ 13.8 Beta Driver for Linux:
This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new features:

    OpenGL 4.3 support
    Dynamic primary surface resizing
    Kernel 3.10 support
    SLED 11 SP3 support
Fixed issues

    [380355] Source Engine games hang when running on the High Performance ASIC
    [330287] Maya 2012 Paint brush fails to leave trails in real time while painting at some areas when desktop effects enabled
    [345211] Incorrect object picking in Autodesk Maya using UAV selection solver
    [376838] Autodesk Maya fluids display visually very pixelated even at higher resolutions of the fluid voxels
    [376823] Mesh/polygons selection take too long to select and deselect compared to Nvidia in Maya 2011-2013
    [372767] Unigine Heaven 4.0 crash in high performance GPU
    [376891] Enable Optimization on SGPU for 11% Performance gain (unigine heaven)
    [377640] Unigine Heaven OGL stops responding at high resolutions with VSync enabled
    [376842] Left4Dead2 Corruption is observed
    [378135] Left4Dead2 Yellow Screen Bug
    [379940] Left4Dead2 Gamma Correction Corruption
    [381765] Visual artifacts for XvBA playback with CABAC=No
    [380590] The menus are unbelievably slow with vsync disabled for XBMC
    [381120] Kernel 3.10 support
    [379176] “Testing use only” watermark removed
    [356014] AA does not function with desktop effects enabled
 Known Bugs

    [370421] Quake4 fails to render in game sky properly at certain points with High Performance GPU
    [377432] Unigine Heaven at high resolution and settings will show intermittent corruptions in crossfire
    [380998] System hang when running Counter Strike: Source at low settings on Linux
    [382494] C4Engine show corruptions with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled

Sebastien Siebert making script

Sebastian Siebert post about 13.8

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-13.8-beta1.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

Thanks to Ioda-Net Sàrl which proudly offer bandwidth & openSUSE powered server to serve you rpm.

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2 Responses to “Proprietary AMD/ATI Catalyst fglrx 13.8 BETA1 (13.20.5-1) rpm released”

  1. Anidev

    It seems that the beta driver link is , not ?

  2. Anidev

    It seems that the beta driver link is http://geeko.ioda.net/mirror/amd-fglrx-beta/, not http://geeko.ioda.net/amd-fgrlx-beta/? (Ignore my previous comment, the system ate the urls)