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Why do ATI drivers(catalyst) not work with Fedora 16?

asked 2011-12-13 07:33:49 -0500

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updated 2012-03-13 02:39:58 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

My graphic card is ati radeon HD 6450, i've tried ati catalyst drivers from 11.07 to 11.11, downloaded from official amd site, none of them could enter gnome 3 desktop, some of them even lead to a total corrupt(the system hang without any responsing). Additionally, I also tried to install from rpmfusion: yum install xorg-x11-drv-catalyst which has been reported by someone that could work, however, I still get the same black screen, until I remove all ati catalyst drivers from the system.

Additionally, another issue is: I can never reboot my computer: the system hang(without any responsing) after unmounting the filesystem. However, it could shutdown correctly.

I am not sure whether these two issues are the same.
Many thank ~

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answered 2011-12-13 15:47:45 -0500

makuz gravatar image

As far as I know the catalyst drivers were not updated to the xorg version in F16 until recently. Now they have been released, but far from stable. I believe as soon as they are usable, the catalyst guide will be updated at

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answered 2012-03-09 15:49:05 -0500

Mrinal2k1 gravatar image

You are right, AMD catalyst drivers are not compatible with Fedora 16. I had a similar problem to yours on my Sony S series vaio laptop. Downloaded and installed the Catalyst drivers 11.11 ( but on reboot, the login screen never shows. Halfway through the boot up, the screen goes blank and hangs. The only way out is to login via a console as root and unistall the driver to return the system to the initial state with the opensource drivers. Well, while the opensource drivers allow gui login and all it kills the battery life due to cpu/gpu overheat and excessive fan noise. :( We hope that the opensource drivers are rendered compatible to catalyst in a soon to be released Fedora.

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answered 2012-03-10 11:41:36 -0500

asto gravatar image

I'm using kernel 3.2.9-1 with Xorg-1.11.4-1 with kmod-catalyst. It's not working as well as one would want it but if your screen is just blanking on boot when it should show you the login screen, press ctrl+alt+backspace and restart X. It works for me. (also make sure you're using the rdblacklist=radeon boot option if you haven't already)

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