AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 LINUX Release Notes

Article Number: RN-LN-C13.12


This release note provides information on the latest posting of AMD's Proprietary Linux Graphics Driver. This particular driver updates the Software version to 13.251

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™ HD 8000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 280X SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 270X SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 260X SeriesATI Radeon™ HD 5000 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 250 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™ E6760AMD Radeon™ E6460


AMD APU Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 8000G Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7000G Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000D SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000G Series


AMD Mobility Product Family Compatibility
AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 6000M Series
AMD Radeon™ HD 7000M SeriesATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5000 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 6.3 and 6.4
    • SUSE® Linux Enterprise 11 SP3
    • OpenSUSE 11.4 and 12.1
    • Ubuntu 12.04.2 and 13.04


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 1.14)
    • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.11)
    • 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 in this driver version.


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

    • [384861]: Ultra slow dota2 fps
    • [383176]: System hang when startx after enable Eyefinity
    • [383109]: System hang when run Unigine Heaven 4.0
    • [382494]: Screen corruption when run C4Engine with GL_ARB_texture_array enabled
    • [384193]: Fix the procfs permission issue on kernel 3.10 and later
    • [373812]: System hang when run some OpenGL stress test
    • [383430]: Glxtest failed with force AA
    • [383372]: Fail to launch cairo-dock
    • [384509]: glClientWaitSync is waiting even when timeout is 0
    • [383573]: AC/DC switching is broken
    • [384194]: Tear-Free Desktop sets V-Sync to 30Hz instead of 60Hz
    • [385123]: CrossFire aspect observed in CCCLE where it should not
    • [385414]: Steam crashes and games hang on a black screen when Force AA is on
    • [387027]: Glxtest failed on SLED11 SP3
    • [382079]: MARI crash with weird stack
    • [387797]: X crash when kill X with Xserver 1.13 and 1.14
    • [389431]: Screens are distorted when connecting an external monitor on some PowerXpress platform with Intel Haswell
    • [389728]: Segfault after disabling display on re-launch of CCCLE
    • [387573]: Soft hang and error observed on BasicDebug sample for OpenCL™ when run on x86
    • [385704]: Black window when run glxgears with TWM
    • [376115]: Display corruption when using rotation