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Installing ATI fglrx for compiz Fedora 10

These instructions are for installing fglrx on ATI cards it also removes the flickering that radeon might be giving.
You could also follow the guide at fedora forums but this is more simple.(Using 8.12 Driver)

(if you have followed other methods, please roll-back to previous system state,remove related packages)

1)Get Fedora 9s libdrm

32 Bit

rpm -ivh --nodeps --oldpackage http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/linux/releases/9/Everything/i386/os/Packages/libdrm-2.4.0-0.11.fc9.i386.rpm

64 Bit

rpm -ivh --nodeps --oldpackage http://mirror.yandex.ru/fedora/linux/releases/9/Everything/x86_64/os/Packages/libdrm-2.4.0-0.11.fc9.x86_64.rpm

2)Go to AMD official Site Download the driver:


3)Install driver


4)Create a blank xorg.conf in /etc/X11 (if u have a xorg.conf ,delete and make empty file)


aticonfig --initial -f

6) Edit xorg.conf

Add following to “Device”

   Option      "OpenGLOverlay" "off"
   Option      "VideoOverlay" "on"

7)In the end add

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666


8)Backup Old initrd

mv /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img.0

9)Remake initrd for the kernel (So the radeon module is not force loaded)

mkinitrd  /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`

10) Prevent libdrm from being upgraded

perl -i -pe "s/([.*])/1nexclude=libdrm/"  /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
perl -i -pe "s/([.*])/1nexclude=libdrm/" /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-updates.repo


/boot/grub/grub.conf in root mode

Go to


line and add


mode for me was


which was 1024×768 32 bit

12)Edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

Add radeon

13)Reboot and Voila !!

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  1. djays
    December 21, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Oh i also noticed that in catalyst control center if i keep everything to lowest settings,disable catalyst A.I i get a high fps

  2. lumo
    December 21, 2008 at 8:37 pm


  3. Ajamison
    December 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Do you have the issue of DRI not being enabled with this? WHen i followed Leighs from fedora forums i got everthing working except that DRI apparently did not work

    • djays
      December 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm

      Nope i didn’t face any such issues , for my sys (x1250)everything works from compiz ,dri to sleep and hibernation.

  4. chronos
    December 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks, works for me. But I had difficulties with some quota characters. It looks same but it is different character.

    perl -i -pe “s/([.*])/1nexclude=libdrm/” /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora.repo
    should be with ” and no ”

    Same applies for xorg configuration where
    Option “VideoOverlay” “on”
    need to be Option “VideoOverlay” “on”

  5. sm
    December 25, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Is there a reason why you are using libdrm from fedora 9?

  6. Darktemplar
    December 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

    mkinitrd -v -f –with=fglrx /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r` worked for me

  7. djays
    December 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    We use libdrm of fedora 9 because we are using fglrx of fedora 9

  8. djays
    December 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    There was a quotes problem due to use of <code> so changed to <pre>

  9. January 14, 2009 at 7:39 am

    mkinitrd -v -f –with=fglrx /boot/initrd-`uname -r`.img `uname -r` worked for me too. Thanks djays & Darktemplar

  10. max
    January 30, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    your original mkinitrd worked great for me. I could NOT figure out why I couldn’t get the blacklist in modprobe.conf to work to remove the radeon kernel module!


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