The instructions in /usr/share/doc/fglrx-kernel-src/README.Debian.gz left something to be desired, so here’s how I installed the official ATI display drivers (fglrx) in Debian Etch (without rebooting!):
Here are the relevant packages I have installed. This list may not be exactly what you need but should work. Install using Synaptic or apt-get or what-ever-you-want.
- fglrx-control, fglrx-driver, fglrx-kernel-src – 8.28.8-3
- module-assistant – 0.10.7
- mesa-utils – 6.3.2-2.1 (for the glxinfo command)
Just for reference, here’s some of my system information:
- Dell Optiplex GX620
- ATI RV380 [Radeon X600 (PCI-E)]
- Debian 4.0 aka Etch (“testing” release as of this post)
- Kernel package: linux-image-188.8.131.52-686 – 2.6.17-9
- Gnome 2.14 (important because I use gdm while KDE users probably use kdm)
As root run the following:
- cd /usr/src
- module-assistant prepare
- module-assistant a-i fglrx
- Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and set your display driver to fglrx (it is probably currently set to radeon, if not, step #7 will probably be different for you)
- Exit Gnome (or KDE, just get out of X Windows), press ctrl-alt-F1 to get a console, login as root.
- /etc/init.d/gdm stop
- modprobe -r radeon
- modprobe fglrx
- /etc/init.d/gdm start
To verify that it is installed correctly go to Desktop > Administration > ATI Control Panel and make sure the Renderer is something like RADEON X600 Pro Generic. Also run the excellent glxinfo tool and make sure it contains the line “direct rendering: Yes”.
Update: This configuration does not seem to work with the Composite X.org extension needed to use AIGLX/Compiz. AIGLX/Compiz is so new, and there are so many conflicting web sites on how to get it working, that I probably won’t try to fix this error for a while.