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ATI Open GL Driver on Linux

ATI Driver on Debian GNU/Linux

How to get OpenGL ATI driver working on a linux debian system.

This wiki page is based on: http://www.watchland.org/dmcgraw/ati-debian.html

  • Download the RPM from ATI (it should match your for XFree version)
Go to: http://ati.com/support/driver.html
  • Use 'alien' to change the rpm into a tarball (alien -t), then extract at file system root level:
 cd /
 sudo tar xvfz fglrx-4.3.0.tgz
  • Install the kernel headers for your kernel
apt-get install kernel-headers-`uname -r`
  • Install the kernel-source package for your kernel
apt-get install kernel-source-<ver>
  • Create a symlink for /usr/src/linux to the kernel-headers. Technically this isn't needed, but it makes it easier to keep things straight.
ln -s /usr/src/kernel-headers-`uname -r` /usr/src/linux
  • Build & Install the module
cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod
sudo sh make.sh
cd ..
sudo sh make_install.sh
  • Optionally (but I recommend it to at least learn the options you can use) run fglrxconfig to generate a XF86Config-4 file
  • To build VTK you may still need the OpenGL header file:
 sudo apt-get install xlibmesa-gl-dev

Some more info depending on your kernel:

- For a 2.4.x kernel

 Edit a couple of locations in the ATI make.sh script. Really you just need to check/set 2 variables.
 - First search for linuxincludes. Make sure that is set to /usr/src/linux/include (if you made the symlink above).
 - Then search for drmincludes. Make sure that is set to /usr/src/kernel-source-<ver>drivers/char/drm

- For a 2.6.x kernel

 * Create a symlink for the modules build directory
  ln -s /usr/src/linux /lib/modules/`uname-r`/build
 * Change the kernel headers to reference the kernel source package's drm include
 * cd /usr/src
 * tar -jxvf kernel-source-<ver>.tar.bz2
 * cd linux/drivers/char
 * mv drm drm.original
 * ln -s /usr/src/kernel-source-<ver>drivers/char/drm drm

ATI Driver on Fedora 2

Other (untested) How To:

  • Fedora 2:


Related Information

  • Some links:

Support for ATI Radeon & FireGL graphics cards on Linux http://www.wlug.org.nz/RadeonNotes

Some FireGL driver: http://www.schneider-digital.de/html/download_ati.php

Installing ATI-Drivers on Debian Linux(nforce2 chipset) http://www.g-tec.co.at/ati.html

Another ATI-Radeon-Linux-Howto which is also available in german.

This ATI-Radeon-Linux-Howto also includes information about installing the drivers on other distributions.

ATI Linux driver packages for Debian Another HowTo for Debian, also includes Debian packages and reports of working setups.

A link to ATI web site where to find some documentation about the XFree86 file option generated from fglrxconfig

nVidia Open GL Driver on Linux

nVidia Driver on Debian GNU/Linux

How to get OpenGL nVidia driver working on a linux debian system.

This wiki page is based on:


First thing you need to do is allow unstable from your sources.list file otherwise even the assistant will fail to load the nvidia-kernel-source package

 # Be carefull only for nvidia-kernel-source
 deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main non-free contrib