Installing the Proprietary AMD Catalyst 14.9 (fglrx) Driver on Fedora 20 (with kernel 3.16!)

Update:  If you are using kernel 3.17, see the next post in this series for installation instructions; a patch is required!

Good news, everyone! The new Catalyst 14.9 driver for Linux installs on Fedora 20 using the latest kernel (3.16.3-200 at the time of writing) without the need for any patching.  Simply download and execute the installation package

[UPDATE]  When choosing an installation method in the installation GUI, you should choose “Install Driver 14.301.1001 on X.Org 6.9 or later 64-bit” rather than “Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package (Recommended).”

Of course, one must still meet the necessary prerequisites and, as far as I know (I haven’t tested yet), one still must remove the GNOME desktop environment as described in the previous post which describes the installation process for the Catalyst 14.4 driver.

And there’s additional good news!  It appears the performance regression I was observing for my A10-6800k APU when moving from the 14.4 RC to the final 14.4 driver has been resolved.  Benchmarks for my system with the 14.9 driver look good:

Phoronix Machine Description 10-2-2014

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1920×1080:  6.19 fps

Unigine Heaven v4.0 @ 1600×900:  8.62 fps

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1920×1080:  30.54 fps

Unigine Tropics v1.3 @ 1600×900:  39.01 fps

Fantastic!  No more need to stick with the old 14.4 RC for my APU.  Let me know if you have problems with 14.9 which I haven’t covered!

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10 Responses to Installing the Proprietary AMD Catalyst 14.9 (fglrx) Driver on Fedora 20 (with kernel 3.16!)

  1. Peter says:

    It worked for me as well UNLESS I applied the patch. After that it didn’t work for 3.16 version of kernel.

    • Interesting! It worked fine for me with the patch applied, but I am going to have to try installing without the patch to verify your findings. It’d be great if the patch weren’t necessary any longer. Now if they’d only support Wayland…

      Update: I, too, can confirm that installation without patching is successful. Awesome! I have modified the post to reflect these findings – thanks for the heads up!

      • Peter says:

        When I applied the patch all I was getting is the failing with unexpected output. Without the patch it worked perfectly fine.

        F21 has Xorg 1.16 which has an incompatible ABI so I guess it won’t work with 14.9. If i am not mistaken wayland works with open source DRM drivers only, catalyst/nvidia are a big nono for wayland 😉

  2. Daniel says:

    Realy nice to have a newer stable version of flgrx, but since Fedora 21 is almost there and it will run wayland wil it be compatible with fglrx? Or I’m wrong and F21 will not run wayland?

  3. ahmed says:

    Hello, I am trying to install the package in my Fedora 20 but during the installation it ask me for the distrobution that I have. The only options are RedHat or Suse, I tried redhat 7 and the 64a but it gives an error.

    Package build failed!
    Package build utility output:
    ./packages/RedHat/ line 221: rpmbuild: command not found
    [Error] Generate Package – error generating package : RedHat/RHEL7_64a

    Please advise me.

    • I’m not sure at what step in the process you’re receiving that error. I am never asked for the distribution I am using. Can you list the steps you have taken which produces the error?

      • ahmed says:


        gave it the permissions before that and that’s it.

  4. Doctor Hoo says:

    Thanks for this! I can confirm that it works with XFCE as the only desktop environment. I also used the patched version. I did have to take out ‘nomodeset’ from the grub configuration, otherwise graphics wouldn’t load (however ‘nomodeset’ was necessary to avoid blank screen when the proprietary driver wasn’t installed).

  5. Don says:

    First off thanks for the the post. It is very helpful.
    I was able to install AMD Catalyst 14.9 on Fedora 20 running 3.16.6-200 without any errors.
    This is on an HP Zbook on a docking station with 2 external monitors.
    A monitor connected to the VGA port woks as expected. However, a monitor connected to either of the two DP ports turns on and shows the desktop and I can move the mouse on to the DP displays but not open windows on them. Also xrandr always shows the DP ports being disconnected. I’ve spent the day playing with xorg.conf, amdcccle and goolgle without success.
    Any ideas to get the DP ports working correctly?


  6. vukas says:

    It worked great without patching, until yesterday when I updated kernel to version 3.17.2.

    Fortunately, I have found and applied this patch: and now it works again on my Fedora 20.

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