Last week I upgraded my Acer Ferrari 4005 laptop to Fedora Core 6. On rpm.livna.org I noticed that the ATI proprietary drivers where available too. I am not a supporter of proprietary solutions if there is a good Open alternative (good in the 2D sense only I’m afraid) but thought I try them too get a feel for the difference between the Open driver and proprietary one. Kudos to the Livna folks since they installed like a charm and worked right away. For some background info have a look at the Phoronix website.
With the fglrx drivers working it was time to see how fast it would go. Not being a gamer I don’t have any games so downloaded the free Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory (ET) demo. It took me way too long to figure out how to get ET going. The problem is that the game is x86 and not x86_64. So you need to do a couple of things to make it work:
0) I’m assuming here that you already have the x86_64 ATI proprietary drivers installed from rpm.livna.org
1) download the x86 version of the ATI proprietary drivers from the ATI website
2) make the directory: /usr/X11R6/lib32/modules/dri
3) make the directory: /usr/lib/ati-fglrx
4) from the rpm copy the files atiogl_a_dri.so and fglrx_dri.so to /usr/X11R6/lib32/modules/dri
5) from the rpm copy the files libGL.so.1.2 libfglrx_dm.so.1.0 libfglrx_gamma.so.1.0 libfglrx_pp.so.1 and libfglrx_tv.so.1.0 to /usr/lib/ati-fglrx
6) change to the /usr/lib/ati-fglrx directory
7) create a bunch of symlinks: ln -s libGL.so.1.2 libGL.so.1 && ln -s libfglrx_tvout.so.1.0 libfglrx_tvout.so.1 && ln -s libfglrx_pp.so.1.0 libfglrx_pp.so.1 && ln -s libfglrx_gamma.so.1.0 libfglrx_gamma.so.1 && ln -s libfglrx_dm.so.1.0 libfglrx_dm.so.1
8) change the ET startup script (“et”) to look like this:
# Needed to make symlinks/shortcuts work.
# the binaries must run with correct working directory
exec ./et.x86 “$@”
If all is well, ET should now start on your FC6 x86_64 box. Enjoy!
Update: it may be possible that the 32bit fglrx libs at rpm.livna.org are a much cleaner solution. I have not tried it. Keep in mind that you still need to change the “et” startup script as described above.