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OpenSuse 11.1 & Ati Radeon HD 3470

September 16, 2009

Lately, i have been having problem with my Sony vaio sr 39vn about 3d hardware accerelation. Finally i have discovered that the driver installed is not exploitting my graphic card to its full extent.

First of all, when i first try t install the ati graphic driver, i had lots of problems. But i have figured those errors and corrected them.

So, long story in short,

Step 1. go to ati’s driver page. Choose the appropriate os and graphic card.

Step 2. In my case, it was

ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver 93.6 MB 9.9 9/9/2009

i downloaded a file named

Step 3. Before installation of this file. You should be sure that the packages are installed in your system, If not installed, you can install those by using YaSt

XOrg 6.8, 6.9, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 or 7.4
Linux kernel 2.6 or above (  source package is more appropriate, but it is ok to have header package alone)
glibc version 2.2 or 2.3

For ati’s catalyst to work properly , you have to install some more:

XFree86-Mesa-libGL // obsolete library, but instead of this Suse   comes LibGL you can check by typing

vehbi@linux-s9q5:~> rpm -qa –last | grep Mesa
Mesa-32bit-7.2-10.3.6                         Fri 04 Sep 2009 02:04:00 PM EEST
Mesa-7.2-10.3.6                               Fri 04 Sep 2009 01:14:43 PM EEST

If this is the output, then you do not worry, everything is OK.

XFree86-libs // obsolete , opensuse users do not need to install this either.

Step 4. Enabling POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support which is required for 3D applications.

To enable POSIX Shared Memory on your system, perform the following as root:

  1. Add the following line to /etc/fstab (if it isn’t there already): tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
  2. Mount shared memory as follows: mount /dev/shm
  3. Issue the following command to check that it mounted properly: mount | grep “shm”

If the mount was successful, then the following output (or similar) should appear:

tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)

Step 4. Reboot.


ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver