AMD Catalyst is non-free/proprietary software
AMD Catalyst driver cannot be included in Fedora because it is not free software. Fedora includes a free and open source driver for AMD graphics cards. It is highly recommended that you use the default driver that is part of Fedora and help improve it by providing your feedback. The following documentation describes the steps to use the non-free/proprietary driver. Fedora cannot help resolve bugs in the proprietary driver and all feedback should be directed to the vendor instead.
If you experience problems with the default free driver, or find it slow, you may install it with the following instructions.
Getting AMD Catalyst
Upgrade your system and reboot.
# yum upgrade
# shutdown -r now
Download and install the RPM Fusion repositories (according to your Fedora version):
- Fedora 18
- Fedora 17
- Fedora 16
If your browser has downloaded these packages, as opposed to requesting to open the Fedora package installer, you may install them using the following command:
# yum install /path/to/package(s).rpm
Installing AMD Catalyst
Install the Catalyst driver and libraries using yum.
# yum install xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs
Install akmod driver module for Catalyst.
# yum install akmod-catalyst
aticonfig commands to generate a new
xorg.conf for your system. Failure to do so will likely result in a broken system.
# amdconfig -f --initial
or (if using multiple GPUs / switchable graphics)
# amdconfig -f --adapter=all --initial
To prevent the old radeon driver from loading at boot, blacklist it by adding the
radeonhd drivers to modprobe's
# echo "blacklist radeon" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
# echo "blacklist radeonhd" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Remove the old radeon driver from initramfs loaded at boot.
# mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-radeon.img
# dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r)
# shutdown -r now
Once you have rebooted, run
fglrxinfo (this does not require root privileges), which should display an output similar to the following:
fglrxinfo display: :0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. OpenGL renderer string: AMD Radeon HD 6300M Series OpenGL version string: 4.2.11733 Compatibility Profile Context