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 AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 Linux Release Notes

Article Number: RN-LIN-CAT14.9

AMD Catalyst™ 14.9 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 14.301.1001

The AMD Linux release notes provide information on the following:

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

AMD Product Compatibility:

The AMD Catalyst Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver is compatible with the following AMD products.  

AMD Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R5 230 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 280 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 270 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 260 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 250 SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 240 Series 


AMD All-In-One Desktop Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 7600A SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6600A Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7450A SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6350A Series


AMD Embedded Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ E8860AMD Radeon™ E6460
AMD Radeon™ E6760 


AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
Desktop Mobile
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R7 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R6 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R5 GraphicsAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series
A-Series AMD Radeon™ R3 Graphics 
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D Series 
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D Series 
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D Series 


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ R9 M200 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 M200 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ R5 M200 SeriesATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series 


Linux Distributions Supported:
The latest version of the ATI Catalyst™ Linux Software Suite is designed to support the following Linux distributions:

    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 7.0 and 6.5
    • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    • OpenSUSE 13.1
    • Ubuntu 12.04.4 and 14.04

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

    • Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.15)
    • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.15)
    • 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 Catalyst™ Linux Graphics Driver to install and work optimally:

    • gimp-help-en
    • gimp-help-common
    • XFree86-Mesa-libGL
    • libstdc++
    • libgcc
    • XFree86-libs
    • fontconfig
    • freetype
    • zlib
    • gcc

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

    • AMD Radeon™ R9 285
    • Ubuntu 14.04  support
    • RHEL 7.0 support
    • Install improvements
      • Package and distribution generation options; recommend options set by default
        • Help user install generated distribution package once created
      • Pop-up messages to help guide users through the install process
        • Identifying and installation of pre-requisites

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

    • Witcher 2 random lock-up seen when launching the application
    • Screen corruption when connecting an external monitor to some PowerXpress AMD GPU + Intel CPU platforms
    • Intermittent X crash when the user does a rotation with Tear Free Desktop enabled
    • Failure on exit of OpenGL programs
    • Error message being displayed when a user does run clinfo in console mode
    • Blank screen when hot plugging an HDMI monitor from a MST hub
    • System hang after resume from S3/S4 in High Performance mode on PowerXpress AMD GPU + Intel CPU platforms
    • Corruption or artifacting on the bottom right corner of the screen before booting into login UI during restart
    • Occasional segmentation fault when running ETQW
    • xscreensavers test failing with multi-GPU Crossfire™ configurations
    • Motion Builder severe flickering while toggling full screen
    • Intermittent crashing and corruption observed while running X-Plane
    • Some piglit and Khronos OpenGL conformance test failures
    • Displays occasionally going black when startx is run on Ubuntu 14.04 after switching to integrated GPU on PowerXpress AMD GPU + Intel Haswell CPU system platforms
    • A connected external display getting disabled when unplugging AC power from laptop platforms
    • An auto log out when double clicking the picture under desktop server times on PowerXpress AMD GPU + Intel CPU platforms

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

    • [404829]: Horizontal flashing lines on second screen in a clone mode with V-Sync on using AMD Mobility Graphics with Switchable Intel Graphics
    • [404508]: Display takes a long time to redraw the screen after an S4 cycle