Basic steps :

  • Install ATI Official Drivers
    • Fix the bugs
  • Prove that the install worked

Download the official drivers

Have a look at the AMD Linux download page. The direct (CLI) download below may not work due to cookies, etc, so you may have to resort to downloading through the browser…


cd fglrx-14.20/
# Leave a hint as to where the drivers came from (but still free up the disk space)
echo "" > 
cd fglrx-14.301.1001/

Then, as root, run the amd-driver-installer:

yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers gcc

Success? : Next steps will be :

Then check that radeon has been blacklisted, and check that fglrx has been loaded :

joe /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-fglrx.conf 
lsmod | grep fgl

No success?

more /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log

Fixing the bugs… (if any)

If you have to fix up the source (this was true for fglrx-14.20, whereas the fglrx-14.301… worked first time), have a look at this same section in the previous post for pointers.

Check that the module is installed properly

This has to be done once X is available (really needs to be done on the local machine, rather than on an SSH terminal, since the “-display :0.0” option doesn’t appear to work) :

fglrxinfo -v

Make sure that the X11/xorg.conf has been updated appropriately

(NB : If you’re doing this from a separate machine ssh session - which is probably a good idea - the display-oriented commands need to be prefixed with DISPLAY=:0.0 ) :

more /etc/X11/xorg.conf
lsmod | grep fg
DISPLAY=:0.0 aticonfig --initial=check
DISPLAY=:0.0 aticonfig --query-monitor

Set X11 to start with the right monitor (and resolution)

xrandr -d :0.0

Gives output (for me) :

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1680 x 1050, maximum 8192 x 8192
DFP1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DFP2 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
DFP3 connected 1680x1050+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 474mm x 296mm
   1680x1050      60.0*+
   1600x1200      60.0 
   1400x1050      60.0 
   1600x900       60.0 
   1360x1024      60.0 
   1280x1024      75.0     60.0 
   1440x900       59.9 
   1280x960       60.0 
   1280x800       60.0 
   1152x864       60.0     75.0 
   1280x768       60.0 
   1280x720       60.0 
   1024x768       75.0     70.1     60.0 
   800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2 
   640x480        75.0     72.8     66.6     59.9 
CRT1 disconnected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)

Select the appropriate display (1680x1050 for me), and let aticonfig fix up the xorg.conf file.

aticonfig --list-adapters
aticonfig --initial
aticonfig --resolution=0,1680x1050
aticonfig --enable-monitor=dfp3

Fix up the initial gdm interface (replace with lightdm)

yum remove gdm mutter-wayland
yum install lightdm

Test it from command line :


When looking good :

service lightdm start
systemctl enable lightdm


Test the new card out

fgl_glxgears -loop 1000 -info

Martin Andrews

{Finance, Software, AI} entrepreneur, living in Singapore with my family.

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