ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.1 for Linux

January 29, 2009
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The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
Workstation products:

ATI Mobility™ and Integrated Mobility™ Product

Family Support
The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI Mobility™ products:

ATI FirePro V8700 ATI FireGL™ V3600
ATI FirePro V7750 ATI FireGL™ V3400
ATI FirePro V3700 ATI FireGL™ V3300
ATI FirePro V2260 ATI FireGL™ V3200
ATI FireGL™ V8650 ATI FireGL™ V3100
ATI FireGL™ V8600 ATI FireGL™ X3-256
ATI FireGL™ V7700 ATI FireGL™ X3
ATI FireGL™ V7600 ATI FireGL™ X2-256
ATI FireGL™ V7350 ATI FireGL™ Z1-128
ATI FireGL™ V7300 ATI FireGL™ T2-128
ATI FireGL™ V7200 ATI FireGL™ X1-128
ATI FireGL™ V7100 ATI FireGL™ X1-256p
ATI FireGL™ V5600 ATI FireMV™ 2400
ATI FireGL™ V5200 ATI FireMV™ 2250
ATI FireGL™ V5100 ATI FireMV™ 2200 (Single
card PCI-e configuration)
ATI FireGL™ V5000 ATI Mobility FireGL™ V5000
ATI FireGL™ V5000 ATI Mobility FireGL™ T2
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

The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
desktop products:
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
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

Note: The ATI Radeon™ HD 3870X2 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

ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2
Series
ATI Radeon™ X1650 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 Series ATI Radeon™ X1600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 Series ATI Radeon™ X1550 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4650 Series ATI Radeon™ X1300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series ATI Radeon™ X1050 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 4550 Series ATI Radeon™ X850 Series

ATI Integrated Product Family Support

The ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support the following ATI
desktop products

Operating Systems Distributions Supported

ATI Radeon™ HD 4350 Series ATI Radeon™ X800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3800 Series ATI Radeon™ X700 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series ATI Radeon™ X600 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series ATI Radeon™ X550 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 Series ATI Radeon™ X300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 Series ATI Radeon™ 9800 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Series ATI Radeon™ 9700 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1950 Series ATI Radeon™ 9600 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1900 Series ATI Radeon™ 9550 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1800 Series ATI Radeon™ 9500 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 Series
ATI Radeon™ HD 3200 Series
ATI Radeon™ 3100 Series
ATI Radeon™ 3000 Series
ATI Radeon™ 2100 Series
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1150 Series
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1100 Series
ATI Radeon™ Xpress 200 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1250 Series
ATI Radeon™ X1200 Series
AMD 690 Series Chipset

The latest version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite is designed to support
the following Linux distributions:

• Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite
• Novell/SuSE product suite
• Ubuntu

System Requirements

Before attempting to install the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite, the following
software must be installed:

• XOrg 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4
• Linux Kernel 2.6 and 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.
For best performance and ease of use, AMD recommends the following:
• Kernel module build environment
• 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 ATI Catalyst™
Linux driver to install and work properly:
• XFree86-Mesa-libGL
• libstdc++
• libgcc
• XFree86-libs
• fontconfig
• freetype
• zlib
• gcc

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 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.

New Features

This section provides information on new features found in this release of the
Radeon™ Display Driver. These include the following:
• Support for New Linux Operating Systems
• Full OpenGL™ 3.0 Support
• Hybrid CrossFire™ support for Linux
• Multiview Support
Support for New Linux Operating Systems
This release of ATI Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new
operating system:
• Ubuntu 8.10 production support

Full OpenGL™ 3.0 Support

This release of ATI Catalyst™ provides full OpenGL™ 3.0 extension support.
The following is a list of OpenGL™ 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:
• ARB_framebuffer_object
• ARB_half_float_vertex
• ARB_texture_rg
• EXT_texture_array
• EXT_texture_integer
• EXT_transform_feedback
• NV_conditional_render
• WGL/GLX_create_context (for new 3.0 contexts)
• GLSL 1.3
• ARB_color_buffer_float
• ARB_vertex_array_object
• EXT_draw_buffers2

Hybrid CrossFire™ support for Linux

This release of Catalyst™ introduces Hybrid Graphics support. Hybrid Graphics
delivers a significant 3D performance boost for systems featuring an AMD
780G/780D integrated graphics motherboard and an ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
or ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series graphics accelerator.

Multiview Support

This release of ATI Catalyst™ Linux enables users to render applications using a
multiple GPU configuration with independent displays

• Multview can be enabled using single or multiple GPU configurations with
Xinerama disabled
ATI Proprietary Linux Release Notes 7
• Configuration supported with Catalyst Control Center, under the display property
tab.
• Supported on any combination of the ATI Radeon™ 3000 Series and ATI
Radeon™ 2000 Series of graphics cards
Resolved Issues
The following section provide a brief description of resolved issues with the latest
version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux software suite. These include:
• An incorrect error message is no longer returned when applying an unsupported
TV geometry in a console terminal. Further details can be found in
topic number 737-35212
• Configuring the OS to run in dualhead mode may cause both displays to
become shredded and unusable
• Configuring the driver for a secondary adapter using the command “aticonfig
--enable-monitor=auto” may cause the system to stop responding
• After running “aticonfig --lscc” the CrossFire™ candidate adapters are listed
as “none”
• Linux third instance of xserver may show video corruption when enabled on
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
• Linux Desktop fails to render in SuSE 11 with ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
in big desktop mode
• Xserver fails to start on ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
• Vertical sync tearing issues may be noticed with the following Catalyst Control
Center settings “Wait for Vertical refresh” and “Off, unless application
specifies” have been applied
• Segmentation fault may occur on OpenGL call glTexSubImage2D
• System does not switch to “Optimal Performance” when running on AC
power and returning from sleep
• Secondary display will not be set to 640 x 480 on restart of the xserver
• Unable to start dual head mode after installing driver from aticonfig
• Playing back a MPEG2 file in hardware accelerated mode may intermittently
stop and outputs error to console window
• Mplayer may stop responding when returning from S3/S4 sleep
• Ubuntu segmentation fault may occur when installing the driver from the aticonfig
command line
• Screen corruption may be noticed when starting Nexuiz
• Indirect OpenGL rendering fails when dual-head mode has been enabled
• System may become unresponsive when multi adapter displays are enabled in
the reverse order of the adapters
• Some video clips may show stuttering and corruption during playback in
mplayer
• No video displayed during playback of H.264 media file on certain Mobile
platforms
ATI Proprietary Linux Release Notes 8
• Open GL Linux: AIGLX not enabled by default on Ubuntu 8.10 64bit
• Running Quake4 on some CrossFire™ systems may cause the system to
become unresponsive
• Moving glxgears window may show some screen corruption
• Softimage XSI v7.0: Models with over 15 million triangles may load with
some screen corruption
• Texture error may be noticed while playing any media file using Mplayer
• Catalyst Control Center shows incorrect Bus Capability and Maximum Setting
as AGP 12x in CCCLE
• Bus type is shown as PCI instead of PCI Express 2.0 in the Catalyst Control
Center's Information page
• Catalyst Control Center Information page shows incorrect bus type (PCI as
PCIE)
• Catalyst Control Center may not start after clicking desktop icon or running
from terminal window
• Catalyst Control Center does not load when Xinerama is enabled with three or
more displays
• Catalyst Control Center power play aspects is not available
• Catalyst Control Center: Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering pages grayed
out for secondary adapter on enabling 'Xinerama'
• Catalyst Control Center: enabling display with Xinerama may cause 2 x 2 virtual
desktops to overlap
• Catalyst Control Center: Anti-Alias controls are greyed out on ATI FireGL
V5600/V3600
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:
• X-Server unresponsive when installing the driver on some systems with ATI
Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
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.
ATI Proprietary Linux Release Notes 9
• Some screen overlay corruption may be observed playing certain AVI files
with mplayer when connected using HDMI output
• Multiview: Some system may stop responding starting X-server after the display
configuration is changed in Catalyst Control Center
• Multiview: System may fail starting XServer in multihead configurations
with more than 2 adapters
• Multiview: When switching between terminals some corruption may be
observed on the third adapter connected with a CRT Monitor
• Screen corruption may be noticed at the Login screen when Compiz "Desktop
Effects" has been enabled
• Viewperf 9.0.3: Reduced performance may be noticed when compared to the
previous Catalyst 8.12 release
• With some ATI adapters the display port monitor may not be detected after
being hotplugged
• Desktop gamma settings are not restored when exit fullscreen Open GL application
• SUSE 10.3 32bit: The operating system may fail to respond when pressing
“Ctrl+alt+F7/F8” to switch session when “fgl_glxgears” is running
• Some systems may fail to respond when configured with four displays and
dual head has been enabled
• Resuming from sleep the display connected to add-on card remains off in
some dual-head mode configurations
• RHEL 4.6 64 Bit: some system may become unresponsive after killing
X-server (ctrl+alt+backspace)
• Enemy Territory Quake Wars v1.4 demo, system may become unresponsive
when game is run
• Some Open GL applications may cause a segmentation fault with CrossFire™
and dual head enabled
• Video clips on the secondary display may not render when system is running
in clone or big desktop mode
• Video does not resize or may appear filled with pink/black when changing
from a low to high resolution
• SUSE 10.3 64bit: Connecting a DFP display device as a secondary display
device may occasionally result in the secondary display device failing to display
an image

Installing the AMD Proprietary Linux Software Driver
Installation information can be found at: www.ati.com/install
Alternative drivers to ATI Catalyst Display Driver 9.1 for Linux: