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This article contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help users avoid some common installation and configuration issues related to DRI and X11 for AMD/ATI boards.

Hardware Support

Is my AMD/ATI board supported?

Many AMD/ATI boards (but not all) are supported by xorg-x11, at least for the 2D accelerated features. The 3D support is provided either by xorg-x11, or by AMD's closed source drivers. AMD's closed source driver was available since the R200 GPUs, but support for current versions of X11 is limited. The last version of the Catalyst drivers fglrx had support only for R600 (since HD5000) and newer GPUs and server 1.17. Older GPUs will use the mature open source xorg-x11 driver. For newer GPUs since GCN (Graphics Core Next) Generation 1.1 (Southern Islands and newer) drivers are provided as open source AMDGPU and closed source AMDGPU-PRO. Both have excellent 2D and 3D accelerated performance.

GPU Common Name Driver
MESA Kernel XFree86/ X11
Rage128 Rage128 rage128 rage128
R100 Radeon 7xxx, Radeon 64 radeon radeon radeon
R200, R250, R280 Radeon 8500, Radeon 9000, Radeon 9200 r200 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx)
R300, R400 Radeon 9500-X850 r300 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx)
R500 Radeon X1300-X1950 r300 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx, radeonhd)
R600 Radeon HD2000 series r600 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx, radeonhd)
RV670 Radeon HD3000 series r600 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx, radeonhd)
RV770 (R700) Radeon HD4000 series r600 radeon, fglrx (deprecated) radeon, (deprecated: fglrx, radeonhd)
Evergreen Radeon HD5000 series r600 radeon, fglrx radeon, fglrx
Northern Islands Radeon HD6000 series r600 radeon, fglrx radeon, fglrx
Southern Islands Radeon HD7000 series (except HD7790), early Radeon R7/R9 series radeonsi radeon, fglrx radeon, fglrx
Sea Islands Radeon HD7790, Radeon R7/R9 series radeonsi radeon, fglrx, AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO radeon, amdgpu, fglrx
Volcanic Islands late Radeon R9 series, Radeon R9 Fury, R9 Nano, R9 Fury X, Pro Duo radeonsi radeon, fglrx, AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu, fglrx
Arctic Islands Radeon RX 400/500 series radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Vega, Raven Ridge Radeon RX Vega radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
Navi Radeon RX 5500/5600/5700 (XT) radeonsi AMDGPU, AMDGPU-PRO amdgpu
The Radeon Feature Matrix at lists the open source driver support level for each part of the graphics card hardware.

I have an All-In-Wonder/Vivo board. Are the multimedia features supported?

You don't need to use anything special for the board's multimedia features; x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati will work just fine.

I'm not using an x86-based architecture. What are my options?

X11 support on the PPC or Alpha platforms is quite similar to x86 X11 support. However, AMD/ATI's closed source Catalyst drivers are not supported on the PPC or Alpha, so you will have to use the open source drivers. The Catalyst drivers are only available for x86 and AMD64. The open source xorg-x11 drivers should work well on all architectures.

To enable agpgart support for certain old AMD64 chipsets, you have to disable support for the K8 IOMMU.

I have a laptop. Is my ATI Mobility model supported?

It should be, but you may have a configuration issue due to the OEM PCI id that such chips may have. In such cases, you may have to write the configuration file yourself.

See also

External resources

  • Wedge Unofficial Gentoo ATI Radeon FAQ
  • Unofficial AMD Linux Driver Wiki
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