So now that for once I'ld need the proprietary driver I'm informed on their website that my product, an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, has moved to legacy support. The last driver 9.3 was released March 2009, and sure enough, my kernel is not supported anymore:
"Error: ./default_policy.sh does not support version"
If anybody knows how to get around this please let me know.
Things to haveIn order to install the AMD/ATI official driver you will require the following:
- The latest driver from AMD found on this page: .
- You need to have the kernel-source and kernel-headers packages installed.
kernel-source is not installed with the default OS. You will need to run 'slapt-get -i kernel-source' from a root terminal to install it.
InstallationIn a root terminal run the following command
# sh ati-driver-installer-XX.X-XXX.run --buildpkg Slackware/AllThat should create two standard Slackware packages, one for the kernel module and another for the binary driver, install both of them using installpkg
# installpkg fglrx-module-XXXXX_kernel_XXXX.tgz #the kernel module # installpkg fglrx-xXXXXX.tgz #the driver itselfJust to be sure the driver is going to work check the /etc/fstab file to see if this line is present, if it's not add it
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
Configuring your systemTo make the driver work you'll need an xorg.conf file. In order to create a minimal working xorg.conf file run the following command
# aticonfig --initialAnd you're ready to go, just reboot your computer and enjoy your 3D acceleration.
Upgrading your Kernel or mesa versionIf you upgrade your kernel version after installing the driver, you have to rebuild the kernel module, you can do so with this command
# sh ati-driver-installer-XX.X-XXX.run --buildpkg Slackware/Only_ModuleThen install the new package as usual
# installpkg fglrx-module-XXXXX_kernel_XXXX.tgzBe sure that the kernel, kernel-sources and kernel-header versions match or you'll have a big mess.
If you upgrade your mesa libraries version you have to rebuild or just reinstall the driver --depending if you changed kernel versions too-- in order to use the ATI's OpenGL libraries needed by the driver
# sh ati-driver-installer-XX.X-XXX.run --buildpkg Slackware/Only_XAnd the install the package new package with installpkg
# installpkg fglrx-xXXXXX.tgz