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[Solved] Proprietary ATI drivers (Catalyst) don't work on Fedora 16?

asked 2011-11-09 08:45:11 -0500

asto gravatar image

updated 2011-11-22 12:27:06 -0500

I just used preupgrade to update my computer to Fedora 16. After installation of Fedora 16, X would segfault upon boot and I'd have a hung computer with a black screen. When the computer is rebooted I would get a command line screen as the ATI drivers would have been blacklisted.

I uninstalled the proprietary drivers and the computer boots fine now. But the free drivers are nowhere as good as the one from ATI's site. Am I doing something wrong here? If not, does anyone know when updates are expected from ATI?

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please check rpmfusion now have fglrx (Catalyst) packages for Fedora 16.

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2011-11-22 08:32:46 -0500 )edit

sudo yum search catalyst

hhlp gravatar imagehhlp ( 2011-11-22 11:49:45 -0500 )edit

don't have to retitle the question and add solved in front. Marking one answer as best already provides this. if we need to do this, we can add a specific tag instead

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-22 12:48:33 -0500 )edit

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answered 2011-11-22 12:21:37 -0500

hhlp gravatar image

The Catalyst drivers are now supported by Fedora a few days ago, because they are not free you can find in rpmfusion but rpmfusion does not have fglrx anymore... now are called Catalyst packages for Fedora 16.

sudo yum search catalyst

or search catalyst in packetkit...

they are two akmod and kmod ->

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answered 2011-11-09 09:44:35 -0500

jfmchivall gravatar image

The Catalyst drivers are not supported by Fedora, as they are non-free. ATI is slow to update its drivers to work with the latest kernels. Currently, rpmfusion does not have fglrx (Catalyst) packages for Fedora 16.

I've been using the free drivers for a few years now, and find they work well. If you have specific problems with the free drivers, please file bug reports so that the developers know what needs to be fixed to get the drivers to the same (or better!) standard of performance as ATI's drivers.

If you want ATI to release drivers for newer kernels, please tell them! The forums at and are probably the best place to get specific help with proprietary graphics drivers.

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answered 2011-11-11 04:58:44 -0500

kendokaG gravatar image

Dear all,

I'm also finding problems with the free drivers - battery life on my laptop is seriously reduced, and the fan is going nuts (I guess the open driver has power-management issues, but I'm no expert)

Is there any way to get the driver to calm down? :-)



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answered 2011-12-14 09:08:59 -0500

Ajit Pai gravatar image

echo low > /sys/class/drm/card0/device/power_profile

paste this in the terminal, your computer should run cool then. tried & tested. no issues what-so-ever :)

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answered 2011-11-27 13:11:38 -0500

Collaborando gravatar image

With ati catalyst driver but my fan is always on... How can i fix the problem?

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