New ATI Linux Display Driver

A new version of the ATI/AMD Linux display driver was released, for both x86 and x86_64 platforms. This release includes support for openSUSE 10.3 or openSUSE Live and Red Flag DT 6.0 Linux distributions.

Some bugs resolved in this release are: A memory leak is no longer noticed when running OpenGL applications. Running X -configure no longer results in a segmentation fault in the fglrx driver. Fglrxinfo no longer reports OpenGL Render string: as Mesa GLX Indirect on systems containing an ATI Rialto AGP series of product.

Known issues of this release are: There is no support for video playback on the second head in dual head mode. Desktop corruption may be noticed when dragging the overlay/video using dual-display mode. A black screen may be observed on some hardware when switching to the console or leaving the X window system, using a Vesa framebuffer console driver. Corruption may be noticed in the lower right corner of the display after the system is running for a long period of time. Display flicker may be noticed when the gnome screen-saver starts. Diagonal tearing may be noticed when playing a video file using a video player that utilizes the XVideo extension. Video playback may look blocky when playing a video file using a video player that utilizes the XVideo extension. Video Playback may display wrong colors and additional shadow images when cropping or expanding a video file using a video player that utilizes the XVideo extension. Connecting a display device that supports 1680x1050 to a system running Linux may result in a maximum display resolution of 1280x1024 only being available. Custom mode lines in xorg.conf may be ignored by the fglrx driver. Building RPM packages for Mandriva may fail.

In order to gain the best performance and ease of use, ATI/AMD recommends the following:

  • 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 intend to install it via RPM packages.
  • XOrg 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or higher
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
  • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications.
Please notice that starting with this version, ATI Catalyst doesn't support Linux kernel 2.4. If you have a machine running Linux kernel 2.4, you should install version 8.42.3 of the ATI Catalyst software suite.

Supported operating systems: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.6, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, Ubuntu 7.10, Red Flag DT 6.0 and openSUSE 10.3.

More info, detail and download of this new driver can be reach by visiting here.


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