Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Installing ATI HD 3650 driver on Fedora 10

First thing first, I got a working Fedora 10 installation on my portable hard disk. Everything is fine. Don't have full set of development tools. But it's fine. Until I decided to install Radeon Driver for Fedora 10.

The end result, as people already knows long before. ATI on linux really sucks. Not just I can't use the screen at all, it unusable. It will be hard to fix. For newbie, you may well just reinstall. Because you cannot use a ATI RADEON 3650 HD on linux.

What I discover.
1) Fedora 10 really works very well, without 3d driver from ati.
2) Fedora 10 don't have xorg.conf anymore. It does make driver installation interesting.
3) ATI documentation really sucks at telling what to install reall.
4) To fedora user. What is the equivalent of Build-Essential on fedora anyway?
5) Next time, I will avoid ATI, until somebody ported open source 3d driver for the cards. So I should aim for those card with open source driver.
6) Is there a way for me to login to graphic safe mode, when boot in.
7) I don't know what I did wrong the ubuntu installer can't seems to detect my portable hard disk for installation.
8) you cannot use a ATI RADEON 3650 HD on linux.

I think it is interesting adventure today. Only to remember I don't need to format the installation(Which I already did). I just need to go into virtual terminal and remove the driver(EPIC FAIL!!!!!!)

Yeah conclusion. ATI SUCKS ON LINUX


  1. Anonymous12:15 PM

    You can use xorg.conf on Fedora 10. See this thread:

    Most distributions don't have an equivalent to build-essentials because they come with basic build tools by default. Ubuntu thinks most people are too stupid to need them, so build tools are hidden in build-essentials to protect their users from their own stupidity. I find that attitude condescending.

    ATI has traditionally been difficult in Linux, but has made great strides in correcting this over the past year. In fact, open source code was released by AMD for your card a few days ago. The problem isn't Linux, it's Fedora. Both Fedora 9 and 10 shipped with an inability to use ATI proprietary drivers.

    I suggest openSUSE or Mandriva for relatively painless ATI functionality, or wait a few months for Fedora's libdrm to work with ATI. You can also try using Fedora 9's libdrm in Fedora 10 since that works for many people, but I wouldn't.

  2. Anonymous5:05 AM

    In Fact ATI Driver's on Linux are Pain in the arse .
    I have installed FC10 today and I reported the same problems .
    As Im kind of newbe was a bit difficult for me to resolve my problem (uninstall all drivers and modules etc ) But I got everything up and running at the end .

    Do Not Install 3party ATI Drivers on Fedora !

  3. Anonymous7:14 PM

    I did the same mistake, I installed ATI drivers on my fedora 10 wich was running perfectly (except for the compiz bug that kept using one of my CPU's 100%). I have my fedora now running with xorg.conf, but cannot go to sleep states or restart X without having to reboot to have graphics again. Fedora 10 is perfect,it even supports natively my 3G broadband connection :) JUST DON'T INSTALL ATI DRIVERS

  4. good news is, ati is opening the spec. So open source driver is coming soon. (I think)