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{{Warning|These drivers are not being regularly maintained by AMD, resulting in a sub-optimal and unreliable experience for many users. Symptoms generally involve X not starting at all, things like gnome-shell crashing on startup, etc. If you have problems with these drivers, consider using the free Radeon drivers, which are actually quite good and hassle-free.}}
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{{Important|Version 14.12-r3 and above now include ATI GLESv2 and EGL libraries, which should improve stabilty with GNOME.}}
  
 
== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
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== Preparing to Install ==
 
== Preparing to Install ==
  
=== Xorg-server compatibility ===
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=== Blacklist Radeon and DRM Modules ===
 
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{{Note|The release of the 14.9-r1 driver ebuild eliminates the need to mask <code>xorg-server-1.16</code>.}}
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<code>ati-drivers-14.9-r1</code> has been added to the Funtoo Portage tree which contains a special Ubuntu-only release of the drivers that are compatible with {{Package|x11-base/xorg-server}} version 1.16. If you are using the "stock" drivers, then typically, you would need to mask <code>xorg-server</code> as follows. This is not necessary with 14.9-r1:
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Add the following to <code>/etc/portage/package.mask</code>:
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To avoid having the open source Radeon drivers automatically load and ruin your day, create a blacklist file as follows:
  
{{File|name=/etc/portage/package.mask|body=
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{{file|name=/etc/modprobe.d/radeon.conf|desc=Prevent open source DRM and radeon drivers from loading|body=
>=x11-base/xorg-server-1.16
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blacklist radeon
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blacklist drm
 
}}
 
}}
 
If X is already installed, force it to downgrade by typing:
 
 
<console>
 
# ##i##emerge -auDN world
 
</console>
 
 
A few packages will downgrade, and you'll be ready to go.
 
  
 
=== Configuring the kernel ===
 
=== Configuring the kernel ===
  
Configure the kernel as follows. Note that the Direct Rendering Manager is '''not''' enabled. It's possible to have it selected as a kernel module, but should not be built-in to your kernel.
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Configure the kernel as follows. Note that the Direct Rendering Manager is '''not''' enabled. It's possible to have it selected as a kernel module, but should not be built-in to your kernel.  
  
 
{{kernelop|desc=
 
{{kernelop|desc=
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VIDEO_CARDS="fglrx"
 
VIDEO_CARDS="fglrx"
 
</console>
 
</console>
=== Editing package.use ===
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=== Enabling AMD Catalyst Control Center ===
  
Then, add the following to <code>/etc/portage/package.use</code>:
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Then, add the following to <code>/etc/portage/package.use</code> if you would like to enable support for AMD Catalyst Control Center:
 
<console>
 
<console>
 
###i## nano /etc/portage/package.use
 
###i## nano /etc/portage/package.use
 
x11-drivers/ati-drivers qt4
 
x11-drivers/ati-drivers qt4
 
</console>
 
</console>
{{note|Feel free to add or remove use flags as you see fit. For example, if you do not want amdcccle support, remove the qt4 use flag.}}
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{{Note|If you are using a desktop or workstation profile, this USE flag will be enabled by default.}}
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== Installing ==
 
== Installing ==
  
 
=== Emerging the package ===
 
=== Emerging the package ===
To emerge the drivers, run the following command:
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If you allready have emerged xorg-server, all you need to install the drivers is running the following command:
 
<console>
 
<console>
 
###i## emerge -av --changed-use --deep @world
 
###i## emerge -av --changed-use --deep @world
 
</console>
 
</console>
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otherwise you may install the drivers with
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<console>
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###i## emerge -av x11-drivers/ati-drivers
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</console>
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Before using the driver, ensure that the "fglrx" module has been loaded -- run {{c|modprobe fglrx}} as root  -- it should return with no error. If the module can't be found, run {{c|depmod -a}} as root -- then the modprobe command should work. If you are switching from the open source Radeon driver, then shutting down your desktop and rebooting your system (be sure to disable xdm) may be required to get the new "fglrx" module to load cleanly.
  
 
== Configuring ==
 
== Configuring ==
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{{tip|If you would like to have a full-resolution framebuffer with ati-drivers, check out [[uvesafb| uvesafb]]}}
 
{{tip|If you would like to have a full-resolution framebuffer with ati-drivers, check out [[uvesafb| uvesafb]]}}
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=== Multi-Head Display ===
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To enable a multi-head display, you'll need to use the Catalyst Control Center {{c|amdcccle}} GUI configuration tool, which is enabled by the {{c|qt4}} USE variable.
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Open up a graphical terminal, and become root by typing {{c|su -}} -- your user will need to be in the {{c|wheel}} group to do this:
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{{console|body=
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$ ##i##su -
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Password: ##i##*******
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# source /etc/profile
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# amdcccle
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[[File:amdcccle.png|class=img-responsive|center]]
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Navigate to Display Manager, and choose the option {{c|Multi-display desktop with display(s) X}} for each display. Then, drag and drop the blue displays to arrange them to match how they are arranged in front of you. Click {{c|OK}}. The Catalyst Control Center will tell you that you will need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. Simply log out if you are running {{c|xdm}}, or end your X session, and start it up again. You should now have a fully-functioning multi-head display.
  
 
== Troubleshooting ==
 
== Troubleshooting ==
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You may need to restart your X session.
 
You may need to restart your X session.
 
=== GNOME 3 windows only refresh when I drag them. ===
 
This is a known issue, reported in [http://bugs.funtoo.org/browse/FL-1130 Funtoo Bug 1130]. This issue has been fixed by addressing a bug in cogl -- upgrade to cogl-1.12.2-r2 to fix it.
 
  
 
=== Compton with backend glx does not work well with ati-drivers ===
 
=== Compton with backend glx does not work well with ati-drivers ===

Latest revision as of 09:44, January 23, 2015

x11-drivers/ati-drivers


Current Maintainer(s):Daniel Robbins
Source Repository:Funtoo Overlay

Summary: Accelerated ATI/AMD binary drivers for Radeon HD 5000 and newer chipsets.

Use Flags

qt4
Install qt4 dependent optional tools (e.g Catalyst Control Panel)
modules
Build the kernel modules
disable-watermark
Do a potentially dangerous binary search and replace to disable watermark
pax_kernel
Enable pax kernel specific patches
vaapi
Enabled Video Acceleration API

News

Mgorny

CPU FLAGS X86

CPU_FLAGS_X86 are being introduced to group together USE flags managing CPU instruction sets.
31 January 2015 by Mgorny
Drobbins

Newsletter, Volume 1

Discussed: ati-drivers, GitHub integration, Funtoo on ARM, GNOME updates, Organizations, and two new devs.
27 January 2015 by Drobbins
Drobbins

New Media Mix-ins

Funtoo Linux now has new media mix-ins. Learn about them and how to use them.
11 January 2015 by Drobbins
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AMD Catalyst Video Drivers

Tip

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Important

Version 14.12-r3 and above now include ATI GLESv2 and EGL libraries, which should improve stabilty with GNOME.

Introduction

x11-drivers/ati-drivers (often referred to as "fglrx", the name of its kernel module) is the proprietary, accelerated driver for AMD (ATI) graphics cards.

Preparing to Install

Blacklist Radeon and DRM Modules

To avoid having the open source Radeon drivers automatically load and ruin your day, create a blacklist file as follows:

/etc/modprobe.d/radeon.conf - Prevent open source DRM and radeon drivers from loading
blacklist radeon
blacklist drm

Configuring the kernel

Configure the kernel as follows. Note that the Direct Rendering Manager is not enabled. It's possible to have it selected as a kernel module, but should not be built-in to your kernel.


[*] Enable loadable module support
Processor type and features --->
      [*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support
Bus options (PCI etc.) --->
      [*] PCI Express Port Bus Support
      [*] Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI and MSI-X)
Device Drivers --->
      Graphics support --->
            < > Direct Rendering Manager (xFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support) --->
Note

If you need support for AGP cards, enable the following kernel options:

Device Drivers --->
      Graphics support --->
            <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support) --->
                  Select an appropriate AGP driver:
                  <*> AMD Opteron/Athlon64 on-CPU GART support

Editing make.conf

Add the following to your /etc/make.conf:

# nano /etc/make.conf
VIDEO_CARDS="fglrx"

Enabling AMD Catalyst Control Center

Then, add the following to /etc/portage/package.use if you would like to enable support for AMD Catalyst Control Center:

# nano /etc/portage/package.use
x11-drivers/ati-drivers qt4
Note

If you are using a desktop or workstation profile, this USE flag will be enabled by default.

Installing

Emerging the package

If you allready have emerged xorg-server, all you need to install the drivers is running the following command:

# emerge -av --changed-use --deep @world

otherwise you may install the drivers with

# emerge -av x11-drivers/ati-drivers

Before using the driver, ensure that the "fglrx" module has been loaded -- run modprobe fglrx as root -- it should return with no error. If the module can't be found, run depmod -a as root -- then the modprobe command should work. If you are switching from the open source Radeon driver, then shutting down your desktop and rebooting your system (be sure to disable xdm) may be required to get the new "fglrx" module to load cleanly.

Configuring

Next, set ati-drivers to manage the system's OpenGL and OpenCL implementations:

# eselect opengl set ati
# eselect opencl set amd

Afterwards, run aticonfig to modify the X-server configuration file to work with the ati-drivers:

# aticonfig --initial
Tip

If you would like to have a full-resolution framebuffer with ati-drivers, check out uvesafb

Multi-Head Display

To enable a multi-head display, you'll need to use the Catalyst Control Center amdcccle GUI configuration tool, which is enabled by the qt4 USE variable.

Open up a graphical terminal, and become root by typing su - -- your user will need to be in the wheel group to do this:

$ su -
Password: *******
# source /etc/profile
# amdcccle


Amdcccle.png

Navigate to Display Manager, and choose the option Multi-display desktop with display(s) X for each display. Then, drag and drop the blue displays to arrange them to match how they are arranged in front of you. Click OK. The Catalyst Control Center will tell you that you will need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. Simply log out if you are running xdm, or end your X session, and start it up again. You should now have a fully-functioning multi-head display.

Troubleshooting

I am using a HDMI connection, and my monitor's display has a black border around it.

Disable overscan using the following command, as root:

# aticonfig --set-pcs-val=MCIL,DigitalHDTVDefaultUnderscan,0

You may need to restart your X session.

Compton with backend glx does not work well with ati-drivers

Try running compton with the following switches:

# compton --backend glx --vsync none --paint-on-overlay