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Thread: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

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    Smile fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    ** Updated for fglrx 8.840 **

    Alberto Milone has pushed a new fglrx-installer. See here for more details: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1717755

    It looks like it's pretty much compatible with xserver 1.10 and kernel 2.6.38 (bit daft if it isn't ). Nice.

    Next up, fglrx with kernel 2.6.39.


    ** Manual build instructions for historical and reference purposes **

    In summary:
    1) Download and extract 11.3 from AMD.
    2) Apply the patch attached here
    3) Build packages
    4) Install

    Details:
    1) Once downloaded:
    $ sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-3-x86.x86_64.run --extract [name of directory e.g. ~/temp/ati]

    This will extract the files so we can patch and build manually.

    2) Download and apply the patch from here to [dir]/common/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/firegl_public.c (or use the attached file at your own risk).

    3) In the folder you extracted the files (let's call it ~/temp/ati/) run:
    $ ./ati-installer.sh 8.831.2 --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty

    This will place packages in the parent directory (e.g. ~/temp/)

    4) In ~/temp/ (or wherever you put the files):
    $ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

    If you haven't already got an xorg.conf you will need to run:
    $ sudo aticonfig --initial
    and reboot.
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    Last edited by jfernyhough; March 30th, 2011 at 05:20 PM. Reason: Updated for fglrx 8.840
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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    Quote Originally Posted by jfernyhough View Post
    With the release of 2.6.38-rc1 fglrx is broken again. Surprise!

    Nothing yet from Arch.

    However, according to Phoronix (pinch of salt time) the OSS drivers are getting to the point where fglrx will be unnecessary, which would be great.

    That article is misleading on many many counts.
    Last edited by rajeev1204; January 22nd, 2011 at 02:38 PM.

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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    Well first of all that Phoronix article was about ATI radeon r500 card test. So no HD cards was tested.
    Then, it depends on how you read it.
    For example (OpenArena v.0.8.5):
    "open-source driver performance was still well behind that of the proprietary Catalyst driver from before the R500 support was dropped"
    and
    "ATI driver is now 40% faster than where it is at with an Ubuntu 10.10 stock installation. This though is just one third of the frame-rate as the Catalyst 9.3 driver".

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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    (offtopic)
    I agree that Phoronix is often so optimistic that sometimes it's (unintentionally) misleading. The open source ATI drivers have still lots and lots to do to be speedwise on par with ATI if ever at all
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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    I think its quite clear that the point of the open source driver is not to match the speed of the proprietary driver for every single case.

    Its main focus is to provide out of the box OSS drivers which are stable and covers most needed functionality for a 'normal' user.The OSS drivers will never have the entire feature set of the proprietary drivers, though it might catch up as far as speed is concerned.

    Ontopic.

    Hey jferny, do keep us posted on any new patches which make this work for the new kernel.


    cheers.

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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    OK, so apparently patches for 2.6.37 work with 2.6.38. I'm just about to reboot and try with -rc2.



    Bah... breaks VirtualBox's vboxdrv... Needs some manual patching according to here: http://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/8143. New thread with details: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=10386607
    Last edited by jfernyhough; January 22nd, 2011 at 05:54 PM. Reason: Found all files needing patching
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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    It worked... first time... there must be something wrong...

    fglrx (and vboxdrv) working fine with 2.6.38. Only thing I have lost is laptop panel brightness control, but this is down to the kernel as the same thing happens on both my 311c and 1749.
    1) Dell Studio 1749: i5 540 (2.5GHz), 8GB, ATi 5650, Intel 5300AGN XFCE@Manjaro-x64
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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    There are some problems with drivers have been installed that way.
    glxinfo | grep OpenGL
    OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
    OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 5670
    OpenGL version string: 4.1.10362 Compatibility Profile Context
    OpenGL shading language version string: 4.10
    OpenGL extensions:
    But wine told
    err:winediag:X11DRV_WineGL_InitOpenglInfo Direct rendering is disabled, most likely your OpenGL drivers haven't been installed correctly
    And if I want to preload libGL (such I made with nvidia-current), I'd take
    ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/fglrx/libGL.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored

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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    11.1 is out, and Arch have only one patch listed here: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=29111

    I wonder if this actually will work straight off with 2.6.38? Downloading...

    --edit
    Hmm... built with no patches... interesting. About to reboot.

    --edit 2
    Crikey... it "Just Worked" ™ ... I'm pleasantly surprised!
    Last edited by jfernyhough; January 27th, 2011 at 08:33 PM.
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    Re: fglrx with kernel 2.6.38

    Thank you for the pointers Jferny!

    What GFX card did you do that with? Also could you do me and others a huge favour and write a few lines about where you got the 2.6.38 rc2 from and how you installed it? I'm a bit rusty.
    Also did you do kernel 1st driver 2nd?

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