Talk:AMD Catalyst

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The default selection on installation of catalyst from Vi0L0's repos is set on catalyst-daemon, this page needs a section about the new daemon which as I understand is to replace catalyst-hook?

Double Screen

The link to "Ati Documentation" in this section seems dead, and I think examples of xorg.conf are welcome. Mikhaddo (talk) 11:22, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

A kind request

People, please edit a whole section if you change a paragraph! Do not just edit one line and leave it: re-read the whole paragraph (and chapter header!) so see if everything still corresponds. Example: previous edit to "installing from the official repositories"; the header still said this was the most easiest approach as you need only the official repositories - after the latest edit this was not the case anymore as we request people to use catalyst-utils from the AUR! Be thorough when editing, please!Unia (talk) 11:25, 20 April 2013 (UTC)

Notes on major overhaul

Hm, I didn't know there was a behind-the-scene page we could discuss this. I had already mentioned some points on the forums I wasn't sure about when I did the major overhaul and update. I will also list them here so other people that don't use the forum can see it (plus my post it already amongst dozens of older ones in the ATI Grill)

  • Xorg example file; is it needed? And if it is, most entries are uncommented and I think we should at least provide some information on the options if we decide to keep it.
  • Installing from AMD. Should we even instruct this? It's absolutely unrecommended and I for one don't know if the instructions are correct.

Thanks for working on this article everyone!

Unia 00:29, 14 October 2012 (Amsterdam)

  • xorg.conf: It exists here for reference to those who need it as a starting point. When I started with Catalyst back in the 8.xx series, there was sporadic (if any) documentation anywhere. As for explaining the options: there are man pages and also maintains a wiki. Make links if you have to.
  • Installing from AMD: Yes, it needs to be here for those who aren't dependent on *more* layers of scripts that obfuscate everything. I for one, value the ability of seeing what is happening on a lower level and troubleshooting it myself. Otherwise I'd still be using Mandriva. As far as being "unrecommended", that is merely a point of view for the reader to consider. If X breaks, would you know how to fix it?

T1nk3r3r (talk) 23:32, 11 January 2013 (UTC)


Successfully merged section from ATI article. Cleaned it up as best I knew how. However, I do not use the packages suggested here (or fglrx anymore for that matter). So we just need someone to update/verify the instructions to what the current packages require for a clean removal. Then the outdated tag can be removed.

Props to User:Unia for your dilligence on this subject. T1nk3r3r (talk) 17:24, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Compatibility table

I've been thinking for a while it might be nice to have a compatibility table or something to see which version of Catalyst works with which versions of X and the Linux kernel. Would this be totally off? Is there a better place to see this information? Would there be a better place to store this information? --Freso (talk) 11:01, 22 October 2012 (UTC)


I'm not sure for the need of this, why would people want to use an older version? AFAIK there are no major problems with Catalyst 12.9 nor with Catalyst-legacy. For those two, the information is already there:

1. Users with Radeon HD {2,3,4}xxx can only use catalyst-legacy which supports Xorg <= 1.12 (use [xorg112] repo) 2. Users with Radeon HD => 5xxx should use catalyst which supports Xorg 1.13

Of course, the more info the better, so if you want to add this feel free to do so! ==Unia

vaapi with smplayer

I found smplayer config to use mplayer-vaapi not right. If you set Video output Driver to vaapi or vaapi:gl, you'll not need to add extra options -vo vaapi to mplayer options Mplayer won't work if both -lavadopts and -vo vaapi are set. So we need to turn off -lavadopts option (useful when decode by CPU, but usesless with GPU) by set "Threads for decoding" to 1 in Performance section. Therefore I decided to edit wiki section about using smplayer. Hope this will be useful for someone!


Is catalyst-dkms working fine without the additional mkinitcpio-dkms package?

By working fine i mean will it compile fglrx module for freshly installed kernel in the background?

Building module while system start is not safe. You system will probably start X before module will be build and so X will fail terribly. AFAIK last related post on the forums in telling that the additional mkinitcpio-dkms package is needed.

If it's needed then such information should be added to the wiki.

Even more - if it's needed then i would say that mkinitcpio-dkms package should be added to the community and catalyst-dkms should depend on it, otherwise it's hard to consider catalyst-dkms as "safe". --Vi0L0 (talk) 10:22, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

What's more of an issue for now, is if catalyst-dkms will remain available in the repositories now that xorg-server 1.14 became available. Do you have contact with its maintainer?Unia (talk) 15:07, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

There was a threat on arch-dev-public: [1]. Looks like it will stay.--Vi0L0 (talk) 19:28, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

What is the state of Catalyst-generator?

Hey Vi0L0, can you tell us what the state of Catalyst-generator is? Does it still work, is it still recommend to use or would we want users to switch over to Catalyst-hook? -- Unia (talk) 15:24, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

catalyst-generator is feeling really good :) and yes, it's still recommend to use --Vi0L0 (talk) 19:44, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

Content duplication

There is already a catalyst wiki and we'd have to check in how far this article duplicates it... -- Alad (talk) 01:50, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Unclear note

Note: To adhere to the new config location use # aticonfig [...] --output to adapt the Device section to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-radeon.conf. The drawback is that many aticonfig options rely on an xorg.conf, and will be unavailable.

This is confusing. What is being recommended to do? Can somebody clarify this on the wiki page please? --Qubodup (talk) 20:35, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

pxp packages removal

Since 15.7 catalyst itself provides powerXpress support, so pxp packages were removed from Vi0L0's repository. But I was unable to get my hybrid graphics work with standard package set. The information on wiki has to be updated --Jqrsd (talk) 19:13, 19 August 2015 (UTC)