Need help installing ATI proprietary driver

I’ve downloaded from the ATI driver site so that I may replace the existing fglrx driver I installed from the repository. I need some help getting this to install and work properly. My video card is the ATI Radeon HD 4550 and I’m running openSUSE 11.2 64 bit.

The release notes (PDF) say before attempting to install the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite, the following software must be installed:

  • Xorg 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or above
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
  • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications

Running “X -version” told me I have X.Org X Server 1.6.5. This doesn’t seem to help. Perhaps I’m doing it wrong.

Running “uname -r” returns so that looks fine.

In YaST I checked the glibc version and it says 2.10.1-10.5-x86_64. I’m not sure if this is ok since the release notes specify 2.2 or 2.3.

Finally, I have no idea if POSIX is supported on my system.

Can you help me make sure I have the proper packages installed? I’ll need more help after this, but I need to get step one handled.

Have you read here:
openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums

I did review that, but somehow missed the link at the end of the fglrx section of Post #1. Following some links on that page ultimately took me here where I got direction on how to install the driver via command line. With these instructions, I was able to get the driver properly installed.

However, given that this was my final, futile attempt at getting my video card to function properly, I’m now faced with a decision: Buy a different video card, or go buy Windows 7. I’ve started a new thread here.