This week, I installed Arch Linux on a brand new Toshiba C75D-B7200 laptop. It features an AMD A6-6310 APU, which I needed the Catalyst drivers for on Arch for two reasons.
- Too many OpenGL errors with the open source driver on Steam.
- Absent any real configuration tools to adjust and calibrate my display, which was admittedly bright and the contrast was too high.
According to the latest install catalyst-utils in AUR needs xorg-server version 1.16.0 and below. Arch installs the latest version from the core repositories of 1.16.1. So, the alternative? Install catalyst-test instead. Here are the step by step instructions if you are new to Arch.
IMPORTANT ! :
“catalyst-test”, from AUR, contain the “latest” AMD/ATI testing/beta drivers, primarily for newer cards.
Please note that Radeons HD 2 3 4 xxx ARE NOT SUPPORTED
1. Install Yaourt
In your terminal window, do the following:
Add the following repository:
Then update and install:
2. Install Catalyst
Keep your terminal open and type the following:
When it asks you to remove any conflicting packages, response with yes [y].
3. Post Install
We’re not done yet. If you haven’t installed it yet, install acpid but typing the following:
Then, enter each command below:
Next, we need to write the initial config. To do so, type the following:
Lastly, we need to configure our bootloader. I use Grub2 but others may use syslinux. Follow the appropriate instructions for your bootloader:
Edit “/boot/syslinux/syslinux.cfg” and add nomodeset to the APPEND line, e.g.:
Edit the “/etc/default/grub” file, and modify the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX= line so it looks like this:
3. Last But Not Least…
Please note: I am running Kernel 3.17.1-1-ARCH on a x86_64 build and the instructions reflect as such.