AMD Proprietary Linux Release Notes

 AMD Proprietary Linux
Release Notes
This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s Proprietary Linux
driver. This particular driver updates the software version to 8.593.
The AMD Linux release notes provide information on the following:
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ATI Workstation Product Support
ATI Mobility™ and Integrated Mobility™ Product Family Support
ATI Desktop Product Family Support
ATI Integrated Product Family Support
Operating Systems Distributions Supported
System Requirements
New Features
Resolved Issues
Known Issues
Installing the AMD Proprietary Linux Software Driver
Driver Update Notification
Linux Feedback Program
Web Content
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux Graphics Driver software suite is available through an installer
executable.
Note: Refer to the minimum system requirements listed below to
ensure you have downloaded the correct driver package for your
system.
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ATI Workstation Product Support
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
Workstation products:
ATI FirePro™ 2260
ATI FireGL™ V7200
ATI FirePro™ 2450
ATI FireGL™ V7300
ATI FirePro™ V3700
ATI FireGL™ V7350
ATI FirePro™ V3750
ATI FireGL™ V7600
ATI FirePro™ V5700
ATI FireGL™ V7700
ATI FirePro™ V7750
ATI FireGL™ V8600
ATI FirePro™ V8700
ATI FireGL™ V8650
ATI FireGL™ V3100
ATI FireGL™ X3-256
ATI FireGL™ V3200
ATI FireGL™ X3
ATI FireGL™ V3300
ATI FireGL™ X2-256
ATI FireGL™ V3350
ATI FireGL™ Z1-128
ATI FireGL™ V3400
ATI FireGL™ T2-128
ATI FireGL™ V3600
ATI FireGL™ X1-128
ATI FireGL™ V5000
ATI FireGL™ X1-256p
ATI FireGL™ V5100
ATI FireMV™ 2250
ATI FireGL™ V5200
ATI FireMV™ 2400
ATI FireGL™ V5600
ATI FireMV™ 2200 (Single card PCI-e
configuration)
ATI FireGL™ V7100
ATI Mobility™ and Integrated Mobility™ Product Family
Support
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI Mobility™
products:
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X3870
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1100
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X3850
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X800
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X3830
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X700
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X3430
ATI Mobility Radeon™ Xpress 1200 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X3400
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X600
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X2600
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X300
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X2400
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X200
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X2300
ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9800
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1800
ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9600
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ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1600
ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9550
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1400
ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9500
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1300
ATI Mobility Radeon™ Xpress 1100 Series
ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1200
ATI Mobility Radeon™ Xpress 200 Series
ATI Desktop Product Family Support
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
desktop products:
ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1650 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 X2 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1550 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1050 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series
ATI Radeon™ X850 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series
ATI Radeon™ X800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series
ATI Radeon™ X700 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series
ATI Radeon™ X600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series
ATI Radeon™ X550 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series
ATI Radeon™ X300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series
ATI Radeon™ 9800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series
ATI Radeon™ 9700 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series
ATI Radeon™ 9600 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1950 Series
ATI Radeon™ 9550 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1900 Series
ATI Radeon™ 9500 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1800 Series
Note: The ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 series of product is currently
not supported by the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite.
Note: All-in-Wonder™ variants based on the above are also
supported. However, video capture is not supported.
Note: Software driver support for ATI FireGL™, Integrated,
Mobility™ and Desktop products prior to the Radeon™ 9500 is
available from www.amd.com.
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ATI Integrated Product Family Support
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
desktop products:
ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 Series
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1100 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Series
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 200 Series
ATI Radeon™ 3100 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1250 Series
ATI Radeon™ 3000 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1200 Series
ATI Radeon™ 2100 Series
AMD 690 Series Chipset
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1150 Series
Operating Systems Distributions Supported
The latest version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the
following Linux distributions:
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite
Novell/SuSE product suite
Ubuntu
Note: The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite may install on a
number of other Linux distributions. Refer to the Package Generation
installation instructions for more information.
Note: AMD has contributed packaging scripts to allow 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.
System Requirements
Before attempting to install the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite, the following
software must be installed:
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XOrg 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4
Linux kernel 2.6 or above
glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite 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.
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For best performance and ease of use, ATI recommends the following:
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Kernel module build environment
o Kernel source code include either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
The RPM utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you
intend to install via RPM packages
The following packages must be installed in order for the Catalyst™ Linux driver to
install and work properly:
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XFree86-Mesa-libGL
libstdc++
libgcc
XFree86-libs
fontconfig
freetype
zlib
gcc
New Features
This section provides information on new features found in this release of the Radeon™
Display Driver. These include the following:
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Support for New Linux Operating Systems
New AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK
ATI Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition – Display Device property page
enhancement
OpenGL support for Compositing managers
Support for New Linux Operating Systems
This release of ATI Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new operating
system:
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RedFlag DT 6.0 sp2 production support
RedFlag DT 7.0 support (early look)
SLED and SLES 11 support (early look)
New AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK
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AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK is designed to access display driver functionality
for all ATI Radeon graphics accelerators and FirePro graphics accelerators
The SDK supports Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux - 32 and 64 bit variants
The SDK can be used from both unmanaged (C/C++) and managed (C#) applications
- samples are provided within the SDK
The ADL SDK is available to the public via the Developer relations site
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ATI Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition – Display Device
property page enhancement
This release of ATI Catalyst™ Linux enables users to configure new display settings
within the ATI Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition.
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HDTV mode support (720p, 1080i, 1080p, and custom) for digital displays
Color temperature controls for digital displays
Hue, Saturation, Brightness, and Contrast color controls for digital displays
Digital display controls (Overscan support, HDMI settings, DVI settings)
OpenGL support for Compositing managers
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Added support for the use of OpenGL clients under compositing environments such
as compiz and kwin as found in Ubuntu and SuSE
Resolved Issues
The following section provides a brief description of resolved issues with the latest
version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite. These include:
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When X is killed, the desktop background no longer displays :0.1 remains
Catalyst Control Center: Primary display manager no longer missing on systems with
dual head enabled
TV screen corruption no longer visible when TV standards aspect is set
Display ports now detects properly with XRANDR for specific ASICs
Catalyst Control Center: X no longer fails when the resolution is set to less than
1680x1050 through displays manager
[SUSE11-64] X-Server will start properly when the driver is installed using RPM
method
The external LCD no longer displays garbage when pressing Fn+F4
The internal LCD will no longer move with touchpad after pressing Fn+F4
Video playback now functions properly after resuming from S3/S4 hibernation
Known Issues
The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the
latest version of ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite. These issues include:
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Resuming from sleep the display connected to add-on card remains off in some dualhead mode configurations
System may become unresponsive when toggling between virtual terminals in multihead configuration with application running
With both a DFP and CRT connected using the swap monitor option may cause the
following error "KDE Panel - The KDE Crash Handler"
[SUSE 11 64bit] CenterMode may fail to take effect on some ASICs
Error may occur while setting the TV geometry
Catalyst Control Center: Default button might not work properly for Warning
Dialogue in preferrence page under specific conditions
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Starting X with a second hotplugged display may cause segmentation fault
TV screen corruption may be visible while starting the X-server on some ASICs
Stopping X in dual-head mode may cause segmentation fault
Catalyst Control Center: Gamma values might not be maintained for color channels
With both DP and CRT connected, starting X-Server in big desktop mode may cause
the DP display to go off and on, for every few seconds
[Ubuntu-8.10] CRT might be shown as connected in single mode DFP connection
Error may be reported in dmesg running 3D apps for specific systems
Catalyst Control Center: Incorrect formats are listed in HDTV Support page
Note: On Novell's openSUSE, SLED and SLES operating systems
running “sax2” or “sax2 -r” on the console overwrites the X.Org
configuration file xorg.conf, reverting changes made by running
“aticonfig --initial”. As a result subsequent X session may start up
using the open source Radeon on X-Vesa graphics drivers instead of
the proprietary ATI Linux Graphics Driver.
Solution: Do not use Sax2 when the proprietary Linux Graphics
Driver is installed. Instead configure all display parameters using the
Catalyst Control Center--Linux Edition or the aticonfig command
line interface.
Installing the AMD Proprietary Linux Software Driver
Installation information can be found at: How to Install Your ATI Product.
Driver Update Notification
To receive driver notifications, add the following RSS feed to your RSS reader:
http://www2.ati.com/rss/catalyst.rss
Note: In order to receive notifications you will need to have an RSS
reader installed.
Linux Feedback Program
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite releases may incorporate suggestions received
through the Linux feedback program.
Please refer to http://www.amd.com/us/LinuxCrewSurvey to provide us with feedback.
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