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fedora 18/19 ATI Radeon HD 5650 video driver

asked 2013-07-28 13:07:47 -0500

djsmentya gravatar image

Hi. I want to install fedora 18 or 19. I have Acer Asphire 5553g with ATI Radeon HD 5650 video driver. I already tried to install akmod-catalyst and kmod-catalyst from RPMFusion on both versions, after instalation it shows "ups something wrong" and Xserver not start. Can anybody help?

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answered 2013-09-03 10:44:02 -0500

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updated 2013-09-03 10:44:43 -0500

My laptop is acer aspire timline X 5820TG. It has the same GPU like you, and Unfortunately, I failed to use akmod-catalyst either. I got fglrx work two years ago in Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit with bios option discrete card only and fail now for some unknown reasons.

Now there are three operating systems in my laptop. Windows 7 64-bit, succeed of course. Fedora 19 32-bit, use open source driver radeon only. CentOS 6.4 32-bit, succeed with a RPM repository called ELRepo, but it only support enterprise linux.

There is still something you can do:

  • Go to BIOS changing the option to force your laptop use discrete card only. In my case the default value is 'switchable.' And install the driver again.
  • Check whether you miss some 32-bit libraries listed in the official AMD linux installation document.
  • Some error messages in /var/log/Xorg.N.log might help.

Hope you will get a nice result.

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