Attention Radeon Open Source Driver Users!

Since the content of the “Radeon” page on the openSUSE wiki was extremely out of date, and there are many more users who are now interested in getting better performance out of their “legacy” ATI hardware using the open source driver, I decided to start a re-write of the wiki page.

You can check it out here: Radeon - openSUSE

It would be great if other people experimenting with the open source radeon driver could improve the page with their own findings, especially because my re-write is very incomplete. Thanks!

P.S. I wasn’t sure where to put this thread. If this isn’t the proper place for this thread, could a mod move it? Thanks.

nice link maan

i got with my XFX HD 4350 redion

linux-w0sv:~/Desktop # glxinfo | grep "direct rendering" 
direct rendering: Yes

I just added a one click install link for the latest Mesa from the OBS X11:/XOrg/openSUSE_11.2 repo to the wiki page. If you’re using Radeon (or maybe radeonhd) and are having weird lines show up on the screen with OpenGL desktop effects, updating this should fix it.

Good job!!! :good:

I’m still using fglrx because my HD4670 has 3D support with the newly arrived 2.6.32 kernel and i don’t want to experiment right know with non official kernel (although i have some freezes with fglrx 9.11).

Hello there,
after a fresh install of OpenSuse 11.2, on a laptop with a Mobility Radeon X1600, I found that the installed driver is the “radeonhd”.
Since I have big problems with 3D (system hangs) I would like to try the “radeon” driver: could you give me some direction for the substitution? I’m not very confident with kernel modules management.

Thank you.

Ok, this was simple.
The module was already installed (in /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers)
So I simply had to change the “radeonhd” to “radeon” driver name under the “Device” section of the xorg.conf.


I should probably add that (or you could too I guess) to the wiki page, as I kinda took for granted that the right driver was guessed correctly by default (which in many cases it isn’t).

And if any of the Xpress 200 people are reading this, I’d encourage you to add your own discoveries to the radeon page, since it seems like you guys have your own bit of R&D going on.

Updated with my experience.

I just stumbled across this thread now. Thanks for updating the wiki !

I use OpenSuSE 11.2 x64
My video card is RV530 [Radeon X1600] and I can’t make it work as it has.

I’ve read that it’s not supported by ATI, the install file downloaded from ati web-site doesn’t want to run.

At the beginning of the wiki I read that I need

lsmod | grep radeon

Result is nothing. I changed from **radeonhd **to radeon in /etc/X11/xorg.conf and nothing changed.

I spent much time and I’m frustrated.

Help someone, please.

Could you give a bit more detail as to what that means?

So you typed this into a terminal, and got nothing back? If you have X session running, type “glxgears” into a terminal and tell us what happens.

Also, what happens when you type

glxinfo | grep "direct rendering"

It should give a line saying Yes or No.

I see that in the Radeon driver wiki page the paragraph about “removing the radeonhd driver” was deleted.
I suggest keeping it because, in some cases (mine for example), 11.2 sets it as the default driver where the right one is the radeon one.