new catalyst driver for 11.2

Hi all,

Haven’t tried it yet, but thought I’d let people know that ATI has released the new catalyst driver with support for “early look” 11.2

ATI Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver


This has been noted in a number of radeon threads.

Here are hand typed extracts (by yours truly) from the latest posting of AMD’s Proprietary Linux driver. Any typographical or other mistakes in retyping are mine. This particular driver updates the software version to 8.671. It is also known as revision 9.11.

This release of ATI Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating system:
• RHEL 5.4 support
• openSUSE 11.2 early look support

Resolved Issues

The following section provides a brief description of resolved issues with the latest version of the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite. These include:
• [Ubuntu 9.04] Animated busy mouse cursor no longer disappears or flickers in Clone mode
• Corruption no longer occurs after hot plugging a display and doing a Virtual Terminal switch
• With CrossFire enabled, system no longer becomes unresponsive when switching to DC (battery) mode with full-screen applications running
• [SUSE 11.1] Unplugging the secondary display and terminating the X server (Ctrl + Alt + Backspace) does not cause the primary display to become blank and display corruption
• Playing full screen Flash video on a secondary display no longer causes screen corruption
• Screen corruption no longer occurs when open GL screen saver is enabled with Desktop effects

Known Issues

The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the latest version of ATI Catalyst Linux software suite. These issues include:
• Segmentation fault may occur or system may display error during boot up if X is stopped in Dual-Head mode
• System may be unresponsive after executing specific combination of Xrandr reflections and rotations
• X server may fail to start GUI Desktop Manager after enabling secondary adapter using Catalyst Control Center
• Desktop resolution changes through Catalyst Control Center might not be applied after restarting X
• [Ubuntu 9.04] Some video cards may stop video output signal when monitor has been powered off.

Note: On Novell’s openSUSE, SLED, and SLES operating systems running “sax2” or “sax2 –r” on the console overwrites the X.Org configuration file xorg.conf, reverting changes made by running “aticonfig –initial” . As a result subsequent X session may start up using the open source Radeon on X-Vesa graphic drivers instead of the proprietary ATI Linux Graphics Driver.

Solution: Do not use Sax2 when the proprietary Linux Graphics Driver is installed. Instead configure all display parameters using the Catalyst Control Center – Linux Editon or the aticonfig command line interface.

… I remind everyone who had an earlier failed proprietary driver attempt that they MUST remove the old rpm with “fglrx” in the file name, before attempting to build/install the latest ATI proprietary driver.

oldcpu wrote:

> … I remind everyone who had an earlier failed proprietary driver
> attempt that they MUST remove the old rpm with “fglrx” in the file name,
> before attempting to build/install the latest ATI proprietary driver.

I take it that this advice applies ONLY to failed attempts. I’ve certainly
not experienced any problems before but find that the installation program
claims that the fglrx…rpm is created but the file is nowhere to be found.


My recollection is the rpm file is created in the same directory where the .run file is located, … but I’m not 100% certain of that. Our family laptop has the ATI radeonhd hardware and I don’t have access to that laptop right now to check. I believe that rpm is supposed to be installed with the rpm or zypper (or smart) command after the binary .run file is run !

What is “early look support”?

It seems to me that this driver is exactly the same as 9.10. I don’t notice any improvements at all. I had installed 9.10 on 11.2 without much issue, so what is the big deal with 9.11?

“Early Look” means they haven’t tested it extensively with opensuse 11.2 yet, and they’re awaiting feedback from people who do use it so they can confirm that it works as intended.

AMD releases a new Catalyst driver every month, regardless of how many fixes or changes were implemented. That’s why this is 9.11, and next month will be 9.12, and then January will see 10.1. This driver fixes some minor issues, and adds proper support for newer cards. That’s about it. I much prefer this monthly driver release schedule to their old “whenever we feel like it” schedule.

I’ve installed the new driver without issue, though my card is running really hot, as outlined in the thread I started. I’d be willing to bet it could be a driver issue…

Early look support = beta after all, so i guess you should report your bug to AMD…

Looks like the new driver didn’t work for me completely. I have 2D fine (I did with previous versions) but no 3d.

X Error of failed request: BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation)
Major opcode of failed request: 135 (GLX)
Minor opcode of failed request: 19 (X_GLXQueryServerString)
Serial number of failed request: 14
Current serial number in output stream: 14

I’ve an Asus a7k. Although it says it is a Radeon Mobility HD 2600 Series, I seem to recall it was just a plain HD2600 when I bought it.

Suggestions (or do I need to update my ATI bug report from 9.10)

Done so! In the meantime I’m looking into water cooling, actually state change might be better…