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Latest kernel update breaks ATI Catalyst (aka. fglrx) drivers

asked 2013-05-26 20:06:48 -0500

rothj1459 gravatar image

I have to use the proprietary Catalyst drivers for my computer to be usable. This is provided by xorg-x11-drv-catalyst package. Anyway, the most recent update package brought with it a kernel update, and now graphics performance is broken. Everything is super laggy and I can't even load gnome3 - it drops to fallback (gnome2) mode. If I choose the older kernel from GRUB boot menu everything is fine. Anyone else having this problem or know of a fix / when this will be patched?

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answered 2013-05-28 12:06:03 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

The issue isn't with the kernel or X. It's with the catalyst driver that ATI provides. Unfortunately, they don't update their drivers in sync with the kernel or X and this causes frequent breakages. You're lucky that the catalyst drivers even work for you. They don't for a lot of people.

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answered 2013-05-28 17:31:17 -0500

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updated 2013-05-28 17:31:59 -0500

Drivers installed as per the guide (the akmod version) should not be prone to brakeage upon kernel update - Howto for fglrx / catalyst (Ati driver)

Catalyst doesn't support Xorg 1.13+ so Fedora 18+ users have to downgrade Xorg or stick with Fedora 17.

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Comments xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-13.4-1.fc18.src.rpm 12-May-2013 20:43

sergiomb gravatar imagesergiomb ( 2013-05-28 19:32:50 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-05-28 17:23:08 -0500

sergiomb gravatar image

you have on rpmfusion catalist drives which take care of kernel updates .

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