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 AMD Catalyst™ 13.1 Proprietary Linux® Graphics Driver Release Notes

Last Updates: 3/25/2013
Article Number: RN-LIN-C13.1

AMD Catalyst 13.1 Proprietary Linux® Graphics Driver Release Notes 

This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD’s proprietary Linux® graphics driver. This particular driver updates the software version to 9.012.

The AMD Catalyst™ Linux® graphics driver release notes provide information on the following:

  • AMD Product Compatibility
  • Linux Distributions Support
  • System Requirements
  • System Recommendations
  • New Features
  • Resolved Issues
  • Known Issues

AMD Product Compatibility:
The AMD Catalyst proprietary Linux graphics driver is designed to be compatible with the following AMD products. 

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6400 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6300 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7600 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6200 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7500 Series

 

ATI Radeon HD 5900 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7400 Series

 

 

ATI Radeon HD 5800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series

ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series

 

ATI Radeon HD 5600 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series

 

ATI Radeon HD 5500 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

 

ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series

ATIRadeon HD 5000 Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6600 Series

 

 


AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A Series

AMD Radeon HD 6600A Series

AMD Radeon HD 7400A Series

AMD Radeon HD 6350A Series

 


AMD Embedded Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ E6760

AMD Radeon E6460

 


AMD Integrated Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7600G Series

AMD Radeon HD 7600D Series

AMD Radeon HD 7500G Series

AMD Radeon HD 7500D Series

AMD Radeon HD 7400G Series

AMD Radeon HD 7400D Series

AMD Radeon HD 7300G Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500D Series

AMD Radeon HD 6600G Series

AMD Radeon HD 6400D Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500G Series

AMD Radeon HD 6300D Series

AMD Radeon HD 6400G Series

 

 

AMD Radeon HD 6300G Series

 

AMD Radeon HD 6200G Series

 

 


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility

AMD Radeon™ HD 7900M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6500M Series

AMD Radeon HD 7800M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6400M Series

AMD Radeon HD 7700M Series

AMD Radeon HD 6300M Series

AMD Radeon HD 7600M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7500M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series

AMD Radeon HD 7000M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5600 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6900M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5500 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6800M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6700M Series

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series

AMD Radeon HD 6600M Series

Linux Distributions Supported:
The latest version of the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite is designed to support the following Linux distributions:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux suite 5.7, 5.8, 6.2 and 6.3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP4 and 11 SP2
  • OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1
  • Ubuntu 12.10

System Requirements:
Before attempting to install the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite, the following software must be installed:

  • Xorg/Xserver 6.9 and above (up to 1.13)
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.5)
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3
  • POSIX Shared Memory (/dev/shm) support is required for 3D applications

NOTE: If a Linux 2.6.11 or newer kernel was built with CONFIG_AGP enabled, the kernel AGP frontend is required to load the fglrx kernel module. To identify whether your kernel with CONFIG_AGP enabled, look for CONFIG_AGP=y in the kernel config file, or if the ‘agpgart’ module is loaded

System Recommendations:
For optimal performance and ease of use, the following are available:

  • Kernel module build environment
    • Kernel source code include either the Kernel Source or Kernel Headers packages
  • The RPM utility should be installed and configured correctly on your system, if you intend to install via RPM packages


The following packages must be installed in order for the AMD Catalyst™ Linux graphics driver to install and work optimally:

  • XFree86-Mesa-libGL
  • libstdc++
  • libgcc
  • XFree86-libs
  • fontconfig
  • freetype
  • zlib
  • gcc

 New Features:
The following section provides a summary of new features in this driver version.

  • XServer 1.13 support
  • Ubuntu 12.10 Production Support 

Resolved Issues:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite.

  • [368958]: Driver release version is added to GL_VERSION
  • [367282]: Bblank VGA display after resume from suspend
  • [367245]: X crash for AMD PowerXpress™ A+I High-Performance mode on Ubuntu 12.10
  • [366820]  Performance of Valve Linux games
  • [366805]: Segmentation fault when exit QtOpenGL applications such as AMD CodeXL
  • [366425]: Xserver getting exit upon resume from suspend on RHEL 5.8
  • [364107]: VariBright not working when change AMD PowerPlay™ settings in AMD Catalust Control Center:LE 
  • [363638]: VariBright doesn’t work after resume from suspend on "Trinity" platform
  • [350759]: Flickering cursor when run some full-screen OpenGL games with CrossFire enabled
  • [347895]: OpenGL performance on "Southern Islands" ASICs
  • [344996]: 16 re-frames doesn’t work for H.264 @Level 5.1
  • [337240]: Corruption when resize the Konsole window
  • [304016]: One display goes black after changing from multi-display desktop from single independent 

Known Issues:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite.

  • [356966]: Tearing appears at the top/left corner with monitor rotation + Vsync is enabled
  • [350671]: Corruption may be experienced when running Unigine Tropics 1.3
  • [341497]: OpenGL Bitmap performance may be impacted in certain situations

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