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Ati Catalyst Drivers for Fedora 20

asked 2013-12-19 03:17:40 -0500

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updated 2014-02-15 13:36:43 -0500

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I have recently installed fedora on my laptop but i cant find a way to install the catalyst drivers.

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Add the rpmfusion repository to your system then install the modules with

yum install kmod-catalyst

There are simple instructions for adding the extra repositories on their website - follow the link that says 'Enable RPM Fusion on your system'.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2013-12-19 03:55:32 -0500 )edit

i tried the following but terminal shows me "No package kmod-catalyst available" same for akmod i think fedora 20 still doesnt have any catalyst drivers available yet

Raihan gravatar imageRaihan ( 2013-12-19 08:43:13 -0500 )edit
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Dude (namely Maxtorete), in the fedoraforum thread linked by FAdamsXII, found the solution.

I've tested it on my own and it works great.

You have to modify the kcl_acpi.c file:

On the line 999, change the type cast of the function pointer from:

((acpi_table_handler)handler)(hdr);) to: ((acpi_tbl_table_handler)handler)(hdr);

I've written a whole blog post about Catalyst driver in Fedora 20

tmlcoch gravatar imagetmlcoch ( 2013-12-22 06:57:57 -0500 )edit

The catalyst drivers don't seem to be packaged for Fedora 20 in rpmfusion at the moment. You can follow your link and look through the list.

matth45 gravatar imagematth45 ( 2013-12-31 16:50:16 -0500 )edit

Just a short FYI: The ati source code was fixed and this bug was fixed. The latest beta driver compiles without any problem. You then need to disable secure boot to boot into the new driver, but personally I get a black screen.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2014-02-17 11:48:06 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-12-20 04:14:53 -0500

Check out forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1681012#post1681012

Apparently Fedora 20 won't be getting Catalyst because the maintainer orphaned it and no one else took over. Its kind of a ridiculous situation to be fair, especially as I don't recall any of the marketing buzz saying a word about proprietary drivers not working because the package maintainer quit.

So either wait and hope someone takes over, or just deal with mesa.

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Ooooh, I didn't know that. That's quite bad news.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2013-12-20 04:31:04 -0500 )edit

Yeah it really is, its not good for us at all. But since its proprietary, there isn't much the Project itsself can do.

What really sucks is to find this out I had to dig through Google using all kinds of keywords since advanced search operators don't seem to work anymore there.

The project leadership, QA and/or the testers could have said something to the IT press or something to tell fc19 users that they might want to hang on to fc19 and not upgrade if they want to use Catalyst. I wouldn't have upgraded if I knew about this. Too late now, the one time I dont test a release in a VM 1st too.

FAdamsXII gravatar imageFAdamsXII ( 2013-12-20 05:13:16 -0500 )edit

Alright, more bad news.If you used the proprietary driver with Fedora 19, and then used fedup, check your fglrxinfo.

You are most likely running the fc19 Catalyst driver if you upgraded as opposed to a clean install.

This is not good because the Kernel will inevitably update, and with no kernel mod you either need to reenable mesa (if you can) or video simply will not work after the next kernel update. I'm most likely going to file a bug on this at rpmfusion.

I'd pick up the package myself, but I don't know how to do it or what to do.

FAdamsXII gravatar imageFAdamsXII ( 2013-12-20 16:47:10 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-03-01 14:46:48 -0500

I went to the developer page for AMD Catalyst, and they have a small list of programs that need to be installed. After installing, I put in all of XServer stuff, then updated. Then after your download is complete for the beta, right click it, check the box and make it executable, then run the program. Everything should go according to plan.

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