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ATI Catalyst Driver installation for SUSE/SLES

posted Dec 9, 2010, 5:24 PM by Dong Xu   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 1:11 PM ]
by Matthew Caylor

1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the /usr/share/ati folder.
2. With superuser permissions, enter the command "sh ./".
3. Reboot your system.


To restore the original Xorg configuration file:
1. Locate backup configuration files: ls /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original-*
2. Take the latest version with the highest number and copy it over the existing
3. xorg.conf file: cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original-<number> /etc/X11/xorg.conf

The lab desktop computers have onboard ATI Radeon 4250 or 4290 graphic cards. Here's how to install the ATI catalyst driver:

1. Go to
2. Integrated Motherboard Graphics -> Radeon Intergrated HD Series -> Radeon 4200 HD Series -> Linux x86_64
3. sh ./

Use Custom (Automatic) Installation option
or Package Generation option and select SLES11, this generates a RPM file (Note, if this is a driver upgrade, make sure to remove the old driver using yast2), then yast2 -i RPM_file

4. Modify /etc/modprobe.d/unsupported-modules and set allow_unsupported_modules to 1.

this is the KEY step!!!

5. /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial -f

6. Reboot

If have to rebuild kernel module, do:

0. Install the kernel-source and gcc.

1. Download and install the catalyst control center as described on ATI’s web-page.

2. Modify /etc/modprobe.d/unsupported_modules and set allow_unsupported_modules to 1.


3. run


3. cd /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod

4. run ./

5. cd ..

6. run ./

then reboot

See references:

OpenGL test:

fgl_glxgears 607.000 FPS (Radeon 3000 Onboard)  60.000 FPD (Quadro 600)
glxgears    4357.247 FPS (Radeon 3000 Onboard)
59.996 FPS (Quadro 600)