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> ATI/AMD FGLRX RPM, where?
tux99
 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 09:15 AM
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I can't locate a current SL6 compatible FGLRX rpm anywhere in the usual repos, am I blind or is there really none?

I know I can install directly from the selfextracting bundle that is available from amd.com, but I prefer to keep all software wrapped up in RPMs to keep the systems tidy.


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 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 09:52 AM
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QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 11:15 AM)
I can't locate a current SL6 compatible FGLRX rpm anywhere in the usual repos, am I blind or is there really none?

Not sure for which purpose you need it (I came across several sites releated to ATI),
but I did find this package: kmod-fglrx.
Hope it helps.


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 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (redman @ Jun 3 2011, 10:52 AM)
QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 11:15 AM)
I can't locate a current SL6 compatible FGLRX rpm anywhere in the usual repos, am I blind or is there really none?

Not sure for which purpose you need it (I came across several sites releated to ATI),
but I did find this package: kmod-fglrx.
Hope it helps.


FGLRX is the offical ATI/AMD graphics card driver for Linux (closed-source).

I need it to make full use of my AMD APU based motherboard, the FOSS ATI driver in SL6 doesn't even recognize the E-350 APU so currently I have to use the slow generic VESA driver.

Anyway thanks for the link, unfortunately rpm.pbone.net seems currently unreachable (at least from my IP), I'll have to try later again.


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 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 10:20 AM
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QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 12:19 PM)
unfortunately rpm.pbone.net seems currently unreachable (at least from my IP), I'll have to try later again.

Also down from this end at the moment sad.gif


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 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 01:11 PM
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QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 06:19 AM)
QUOTE (redman @ Jun 3 2011, 10:52 AM)
QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 11:15 AM)
I can't locate a current SL6 compatible FGLRX rpm anywhere in the usual repos, am I blind or is there really none?

Not sure for which purpose you need it (I came across several sites releated to ATI),
but I did find this package: kmod-fglrx.
Hope it helps.


FGLRX is the offical ATI/AMD graphics card driver for Linux (closed-source).

I need it to make full use of my AMD APU based motherboard, the FOSS ATI driver in SL6 doesn't even recognize the E-350 APU so currently I have to use the slow generic VESA driver.

Anyway thanks for the link, unfortunately rpm.pbone.net seems currently unreachable (at least from my IP), I'll have to try later again.


Oh yeah....blobs everytime for graphics....I could give a hoot about FOSS, I want what works (best) Nvidia in my case, where I use Kmod method laugh.gif


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 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 01:16 PM
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QUOTE (redman @ Jun 3 2011, 12:20 PM)
QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 12:19 PM)
unfortunately rpm.pbone.net seems currently unreachable (at least from my IP), I'll have to try later again.

Also down from this end at the moment sad.gif

Site seems to be back up wink.gif


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tux99
 Posted: Jun 3 2011, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (redman @ Jun 3 2011, 02:16 PM)
Site seems to be back up  wink.gif


Thanks, I had a look, unfortunately there is no current version there for RHEL6.

In the meantime I found that the selfextracting bundle from amd.com can auto-generate a RPM for RHEL6 of itself.

This is what I did:

get the current driver bundle from AMD (the filename will change in future with new releases so check for latest version at http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx):
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wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run

make it executable:
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chmod a+x ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run

run it with the switch to generate a RHEL6 x86_64 rpm:
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./ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg RedHat/RHEL6_64a

this will generate a rpm file callled: fglrx64_p_i_c-8.85-1.x86_64.rpm
install it:
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yum install --nogpgcheck fglrx64_p_i_c-8.85-1.x86_64.rpm

after installing it with yum I had to run the following to generate a suitable xorg.conf file:
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aticonfig --initial

That's basically it.

Not as simple as the installation of the Nvidia blob, but the fact that it can generate a RPM of it self is quite neat! smile.gif

The only drawback I found is that the generated package contains both x86_64 and i686 versions of libraries so it drew in some i686 library dependencies (9 packages) which I'm not happy about as I wanted to keep my system pure x86_64.


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QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 3 2011, 11:15 AM)
I can't locate a current SL6 compatible FGLRX rpm anywhere in the usual repos, am I blind or is there really none?


Hi
You can enable ELRepo repository and install fglrx-x11-drv rpm, kmod-fglrx rpm.


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tux99
 Posted: Jun 5 2011, 12:38 AM
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QUOTE (lystor @ Jun 4 2011, 08:33 PM)

Hi
You can enable ELRepo repository and install fglrx-x11-drv rpm, kmod-fglrx rpm.


Thanks I guess that's a viable altenative, although now I have already used the method explained in my previous post.

I'm not much a fan of kmod packages, I prefer the dkms method for kernel modules as it only requires one package for any SL6 kernel or architecture.
The RPM built automatically by the AMD binary bundle uses dkms.


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tux99
 Posted: Jun 28 2011, 12:24 AM
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Update:

despite my preference for dkms (as opposed to kmod), I have now taken the ElRepo fglrx ATI driver packages and rebuilt them with the latest ATI driver release 11.6. The reason is because the ElRepo spec file is the 'cleanest' one I have found for the ATI drivers so it was easy for me to update it for the latest ATI driver.

The packages (fglrx-x11-drv and kmod-fglrx ) are available as usual in my personal repo (see signature), currently in the 'testing' repo.

The 11.6 drivers seem to run a lot better on the AMD E350 Zacate APU, the bugs I noticed in the previous release are gone.


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joutlan
 Posted: Jun 28 2011, 01:54 AM
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Thanks Tux! I have switchable Intel/ATI 6940 graphics...the kmod stock driver from ELRepo didn't work saying it couldn't find an adapter...My experience is 100% with Nvidia...anything I need to do to run off the ATI card? I've heard of things like Switcheroo etc.

PS: Looks like you need the kmod package with those three biggrin.gif


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QUOTE (joutlan @ Jun 28 2011, 02:54 AM)
Thanks Tux!  I have switchable Intel/ATI 6940 graphics...the kmod stock driver from ELRepo didn't work saying it couldn't find an adapter...My experience is 100% with Nvidia...anything I need to do to run off the ATI card?  I've heard of things like Switcheroo etc.

PS:  Looks like you need the kmod package with those three biggrin.gif


Unfortunately I have absolutely no experience with switchable graphics so I have no idea what you need to do to use it.


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tux99
 Posted: Jun 28 2011, 09:10 PM
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joutlan, I just saw a thread on another forum about hybrid graphics on Linux with some links, and thought these could be interesting for you (I haven't actually read them since I don't have hybrid graphics hardware):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics
http://jfsaucier.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/linux-and-hybrid-graphics-cards/
http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Vga_switcheroo
http://airlied.livejournal.com/70348.html

taken from this thread:
https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=241


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joutlan
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QUOTE (tux99 @ Jun 28 2011, 05:10 PM)
joutlan, I just saw a thread on another forum about hybrid graphics on Linux with some links, and thought these could be interesting for you (I haven't actually read them since I don't have hybrid graphics hardware):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics
http://jfsaucier.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/linux-and-hybrid-graphics-cards/
http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Vga_switcheroo
http://airlied.livejournal.com/70348.html

taken from this thread:
https://forums.mageia.org/en/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=241


Hey, thanks for the links...I have time now to check them out!! Many thanks biggrin.gif

Edit: but really, I have the best of both worlds because in Linux it defaults to Intel.....but I would like to try out the ATI stuff....smile.gif


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