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Monday, December 31, 2012

AMD Catalyst Patch for kernel-3.7.x

It has been 5 months! I didn't upgrade the AMD Catalyst driver and also the kernel (I sticked with kernel 3.4.x). This week, I got time for upgrading the kernel to 3.7.x and also trying to install AMD Catalyst 12.10. As usual, the fglrx module of AMD Catalyst 12.10 could not be compiled smoothly because of incompatibilities between kernel 3.7.x and this fglrx module. Fortunately, I found the patch from arch linux (also as usual ... :) ... my favorite place for searching any patches) from this link then I make a little bit modification. You can download it from my google docs link.

How to patch?
I used the following steps to install AMD Catalyst-12.10 for kernel 3.7.1 (of course, you just change the kernel directory on these steps if your kernel version is not 3.7.1) and patch the fglrx module:
  • change directory to the path where the installer is
  • run the installer as root (superuser): 
  • # ./
  • follow the instructions, at the end of installation process you will get notice that there are some errors.
  • exit the installer
  • at console, copy the patch file (fglrx-3.7.patch) to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/
  • (optional, if you don't find version.h in /lib/modules/3.7.1/build/include/linux) Make symlink of version.h
  • # ln -s /lib/modules/3.7.1/build/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /lib/modules/3.7.1/build/include/linux/version.h
  • change directory to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/
  • patch the fglrx source:
  • # patch -p0 < fglrx-3.7.patch
  • compile the fglrx modules:
  • # ./
    # cd ..
    # ./

  • reboot.
Enjoy your AMD Catalyst-12.10 running on linux kernel 3.7.x.