ATI Proprietary Linux Release Notes
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ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Version 8.28.8
Software Release Note
This release note provides information on the latest posting of ATI's Proprietary Linux driver
version 8.28.8.
The ATI Linux release notes provides information on the following:
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ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Features
Web Content
ATI Workstation Product Support
ATI Mobility™ Product Support
ATI Desktop Product Family Support
Operating Systems Distributions Supported
Minimum System Requirements
System Recommendations
New Features
Known Issues
ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Installer
Un-installing the ATI Linux Proprietary Driver
Driver Update Notification
ATI Customer Care
Linux Feedback Program
ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Features
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver provides TV Output support for ATI graphics cards that
support TV out. The ATI Proprietary Linux driver also allows for the following monitor
arrangements:
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Single Head Mode (single display)
Clone Mode (same content on both screens)
Mirror Mode (same content on both screens, with identical display resolution and
refresh rates)
Big Desktop (one desktop stretched across two screens)
Dual Head (separate instances of X running on each screen)
Note: Mirror mode is not supported on ATI Radeon® 1x00 products. Mirror mode
is also not available on the following ATI FireGL products:
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V5200
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Web Content
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is available in both RPM format and through an Installer
executable. You should verify your distribution uses RPM before downloading RPM packages.
Note: The packages are available for XFree86 version 4.3, as well as X.org 6.8.
One of these two versions must be installed before installing the ATI
Proprietary Linux driver
Note: Refer to the minimum system requirements listed below to ensure you
have downloaded the correct driver package for your system.
ATI Workstation Product Support
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Workstation
products:
FireGL™ V7350 FireGL™ V3300
FireGL™ X1-128
FireGL™ V7300 FireGL™ V3200
FireGL™ X1-256p
FireGL™ V7200 FireGL™ V3100
FireGL™ 8800
FireGL™ V7100 FireGL™ X3-256 FireGL™ 8700
FireGL™ V5200 FireGL™ X3
FireMV™ 2200 (Single card configuration)
FireGL™ V5100 FireGL™ X2-256 Mobility™ FireGL™ V5000
FireGL™ V5000 FireGL™ Z1-128 Mobility™ FireGL™ 9100
FireGL™ V3400 FireGL™ T2-128 Mobility™ FireGL™ T2
ATI Mobility™ Product Support
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The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Mobility™ products:
Mobility™ Radeon® X1800 Mobility™ Radeon® 9800
Mobility™ Radeon® X1600 Mobility™ Radeon® 9600
Mobility™ Radeon® X1400 Mobility™ Radeon® 9550
Mobility™ Radeon® X1300 Mobility™ Radeon® 9500
Mobility™ Radeon® X800
Mobility™ Radeon® 9000
Mobility™ Radeon® X700
Mobility™ Radeon® 9200
Mobility™ Radeon® X600
Radeon® Xpress 200M series
Mobility™ Radeon® X300
ATI Integrated Product Support
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Integrated products:
Radeoon® Xpress 1300 IGP Radeon® 9200 IGP
Radeoon® Xpress 1250 IGP Mobility™ Radeon® 9100 IGP series
Radeoon® Xpress 1200 IGP Radeon® 9100 IGP
Radeon® Xpress 200 series
Caution:
Mobility™ Radeon® 9000 IGP series
This software driver provides 2D support only for the ATI Radeon® 9100 IGP and ATI
Radeon® 9100 PRO IGP.
ATI Desktop Product Family Support
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:
Radeon® X1900 series
Radeon® 9800 series
Radeon® X1800 series
Radeon® 9600 series
Radeon® X1600 series
Radeon® 9200 series
Radeon® X1300 series
Radeon® 9000 series
Radeon® X850 series
Radeon® 9700 series
Radeon® X800 series
Radeon® 9550 series
Radeon® X700 series
Radeon® 9500 series
Radeon® X600 series
Radeon® 9100 series
Radeon® X300/X550 series Radeon® 8500 series
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Note: ATI All-in-Wonder® variants based on the above are also supported. Video
capture however is not supported.
Operating Systems Distributions Supported
The latest version of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following
Linux distributions:
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite
Novell/SuSE product suite
Note: The ATI Proprietary Linux driver may install on a number of other Linux
distributions. Refer to the Package Generation installation instructions for
more information.
Note: ATI has accepted contributed packaging scripts to allows creation of other
packages, but does not necessarily test, verify or warrant the reliability.
Currently Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite and Novell/SuSE product suite are
supported Linux distributions
Minimum System Requirements
Before attempting to install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver, the following software must be
installed:
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XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, or 7.1; XFree86 version 4.3
Linux kernel 2.4 or higher
glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications
Note: XFree86 version 4.1, and 4.2 are no longer supported. Further details can
be found in topic number 737-22638.
System Recommendations
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver no longer provides precompiled Kernel Modules; all
installations require GCC compiler and kernel-headers or kernel-source in order to enable 2D
and 3D acceleration.
For best performance and ease of use, ATI recommends the following:
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Kernel module build environment - should include the following:
❍ Kernel source code: Either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
ISSE Support enabled in your Linux Kernel
❍ Applies to Intel Pentium III and later CPUs only
❍ Enabled by default on version 2.4 and later kernels
The rpm utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you
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intend to install via RPM packages
QT version 2.x.x is needed for the ATI Control Panel, but is not mandatory
Note: The following 32 bit packages must be installed in order for 64 bit drivers
to install and work properly:
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libstdc++
libgcc
XFree86-libs
fontconfig
expat
freetype
zlib
New Features
This section provides information on new features introduced in the latest release of the ATI
Proprietary Linux driver. This include:
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Display Switching Support for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Products
ATI Pairmode Support
Retaining Display Device State Between Restarts
New Product Support
Unified Linux Proprietary Linux Driver
Display Switching Support for IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad Products
This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver provides Display Switching support for IBM/
Lenovo Thinkpad products containing a supported ATI Radeon® Mobility™ product. This
feature allows users to use the hotkey function Fn+F7 to toggle between display devices
connected to the laptop.
ATI Pairmode Support
This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver introduces a new feature called Pairmode.
This feature allows users to enable BigDesktop mode with two different screen resolutions.
When using Xrandr, users can now dynamically switch between BigDesktop and Clone mode
without having to restart the X Server.
Note: This feature is available when using Horizontal BigDesktop
mode.
Retaining Display Device State Between Restarts
This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver now maintains the display device status
between restarts. Previously, when using multiple display devices, the ATI Proprietary Linux
drivers enabled all displays connected to the display adapter even if the display devices were
disabled by aticonfig or Display Switching.
New Product Support
This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver introduces support the ATI Radeon® Xpress
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1200, Radeon® Xpress 1250, and Radeon® Xpress 1300 products.
Unified Linux Proprietary Linux Driver
This release of the ATI Proprietary Linux driver now provides a unified driver installer for the
32bit and 64bit Linux platforms. This intelligent installer will identify which CPU architecture
(IA32, and x86_64) is being used and install the appropriate driver.
Resolved Issues
The following section provide a brief description of resolved issues with the latest version of
the ATI Proprietary Linux driver. These include:
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Connecting a Dell Widescreen UltraSharp 2405FPW to the DVI port of any supported
ATI product installed in a system running the X Server no longer results in the display
failing to provide an image. Further information can be found in
Known Issues
The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the latest
version of ATI Proprietary Linux driver. These issues include:
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Attempting to install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver on distributions that have
updated certain 3D components outside of the stock XOrg 6.8.2 may result in the
driver not initializing 3D applications properly. Further details can be found in topic
number 737-20868
A system hang may occur when attempting to resume from hibernation mode. Further
details can be found in topic number 737-22059
Loading the XVideo Extension on 64-bit Xorg 6.9+ systems causes the X Server to
segfault on launch with ATI Radeon X1K products. Further details and the workaround
can be found in topic number 737-22837
Users with X Server X.org 7.1 can not play any video using XV. The ATI AVIVO Video
adaptor is not present. Further details and the workaround can be found in topic
number 737-22852
For further information and general help on driver or software installation, game issues, and
more, visit the ATI FAQ website.
ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Installer
The ATI Proprietary Linux Installer makes installing the ATI Proprietary Linux driver a much
simpler and user friendly experience. The new ATI Proprietary Linux Installer provides two
modes of installation. The Install Driver option provides a simple driver installation process,
and the Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package provides a simple way to generate a
package for your distribution.
Note: ATI recommends that you create a central location for your ATI Proprietary
Linux driver downloads.
Note: `fglrxconfig' is no longer provided with the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver
Installer. To configure your display devices, use `aticonfig'.
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Un-installing the ATI Linux Proprietary Driver
Un-installing the ATI Linux Proprietary Driver is dependent on the mode of initial installation.
Automatic or Custom Driver Installations
If the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver was installed using either the Automatic or Custom
options, then do the following:
1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the /usr/share/fglrx folder.
2. With super user permissions, enter the command "sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh"
You have now successfully un-installed the ATI Linux Proprietary Driver.
Package Generation
If the initial installation of the driver was done via the Operating Systems package
management software (rpm, apt, etc.) then please use that package management software
to remove the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver.
Install Driver Option
The Install Driver option provides two driver installation options. The Automatic option
installs all driver components, and the Custom option allows for the selection of driver
components to be installed.
Automatic Driver Installation Option
To install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver using the Automatic option, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the ATI Proprietary Linux
driver download.
2. Enter the command sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run to launch the ATI Proprietary
Linux driver installer. The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Setup dialog box is displayed.
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Note: You must be logged in with super user privileges in order to successfully
install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver.
3. Select Install Driver and click Continue. The ATI License Agreement is displayed.
4. Read the License Agreement and Click I Agree to continue the installation, or Cancel
to terminate the installation. The Mode of Installation Dialog Box is displayed.
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5. Select Automatic and click Continue. The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver is installed, and
the Installation Complete Dialog box is displayed.
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6. Click View HTML Release Note for last minute driver information, or Exit to close the
ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Installer.
7. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and run /usr/X11R6/bin/aticonfig --initial to
configure the driver.
8. Reboot your system.
You have successfully installed the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver.
Custom Driver Installation Option
The Custom option allows for the selection of driver components to be installed. To install
the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver using the Custom option, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the ATI Proprietary Linux
driver you have downloaded
2. Enter the command sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run to launch the ATI Proprietary
Linux driver installer. The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Setup dialog box is displayed
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Note: You must be logged in with super user privileges in order to successfully
install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver.
3. Select Install Driver and click Continue. The ATI License Agreement is displayed.
4. Read the License Agreement and Click I Agree to continue the installation, or Cancel
to terminate the installation. The Mode of Installation Dialog Box is displayed.
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5. Select Custom and click Continue. The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Setup options is
displayed.
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6. Select the driver components to be installed and click Continue. The ATI Proprietary
Linux Driver is installed, and the Installation Complete Dialog box is displayed.
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7. Click View HTML Release Note for last minute driver information, or Exit to close the
driver installer.
8. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and run /usr/X11R6/bin/aticonfig --initial to
configure the driver.
9. Reboot your system.
You have successfully installed the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver.
Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package Option
The Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package option provides a simple way to
generate a package specific for your distribution. This option uses the policies set by the
operating system vendor and allows for maximum compatibility with the distribution. To
install the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver using the Generate Distribution Specific Driver
Package option, follow these steps:
1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the ATI Proprietary Linux
driver download.
2. Enter the command sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run to launch the ATI Proprietary
Linux driver installer The ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Setup dialog box is displayed
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Note: You must be logged in with super user privileges in order to successfully
install the ATI Proprietary Linux driver.
3. Select Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package and click Continue. The ATI
License Agreement is displayed.
4. Read the License Agreement and Click I Agree to continue the installation, or Cancel
to terminate the installation. The Package Generation Dialog Box is displayed
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5. Select the distribution package to be generated and click Continue. The package
generation is started and the Package Generation Completed dialog box is displayed.
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6. Click Exit to close the ATI Proprietary Linux Driver Installer.
7. You are now ready to install the generated distribution package using the distribution's
package management system.
8. After installing the generated distribution package, launch the Terminal Application/
Window and run aticonfig --initial to configure the driver.
9. Reboot your system.
You have successfully generated and installed a distribution specific driver package..
Driver Update Notification
To receive driver notifications, add the following RSS feed to your RSS reader: http://www.
ati.com/online/rss/atilinuxdriver.rss
Note: In order to receive notifications you will need to have an RSS reader
installed.
ATI Customer Care
The ATI Customer Care website provides a high level of technical support and easy of
navigation. The ATI Customer Care website provides accurate and up-to-date product
support for optimum usability and performance. Technical issues are categorized and
personalized to enhance user experience. The ATI Customer Care Website can be found at:
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support.ati.com
To view a known or resolved issue, do the following:
1. Go to: support.ati.com. The ATI Customer Care web page is displayed.
2. In the top left hand pane, click Advanced Search. The Advanced Search pane is
displayed.
3. Under Search Type: Select the By: ID option.
4. Enter the Topic number.
5. Click Go.
Linux Feedback Program
The ATI Proprietary Linux driver releases may incorporate suggestions received through the
Linux feedback program.
Please refer to http://apps.ati.com/linuxDfeedback/ to provide us with feedback.
ATI Technologies Inc.
http://www.ati.com
Voice: (905) 882-2600
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