This is a little howto or install-diary of how i got the radeonhd driver (with xv-support for now) working for my system: debian testing (squeeze) and HD4850. I needed to search on a few different sites to get it finally to work, because there are some errors in any existing howto at x.org or there are some information missing, and people keep asking questions for it in the IRC, so so i decided to create this page, which I think this page is pretty useful.
apt-get install checkinstall build-essential git-core configure-debian automake xorg-dev libtool autoconf pciutils-dev libpciaccess-dev mesa-common-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libdrm-dev x11proto-dri2-dev
im not sure if libdrm-dev is needed because you have to compile your own version of it - please confirm somebody. x11proto-dri2-dev is only aviable for testing (squeeze) x11proto-dri2-dev
apt-get build-dep xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd
Create a working directory whereever you want to (~/ or /var/tmp/ for example):
SRC="/your/working/directory" mkdir $SRC cd $SRC
Get and install DRM:
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/mesa/drm cd drm/linux-core git checkout -b r6xx-r7xx-support origin/r6xx-r7xx-support cd .. ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr make make install # as root
An alternativ for make & make install is checkinstall. In the queries you have to answer as necessary.
[...] ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr checkinstall # as root # there is a warning: *** Warning: The package version "2.4.3 [...] is not a debian policy complaint one. Please specify an alternate one # just type in the version yourself: "2.4.3" sudo dpkg -i --force all *.deb
force all is needed, because it overwrites some files of the libdrm-dev package. As mentioned earlier, I'm not sure if this package is needed for the installation.
Build the modules (drm.ko/radeon.ko) and install them:
cd linux-core make DRM_MODULES="radeon" sudo make install sudo depmod -a
leave drm and return to your workspace:
Get and install xf86-video-radeonhd:
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/xorg/driver/xf86-video-radeonhd cd xf86-video-radeonhd ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr make make install # as root
If you want to, use checkinstall again like above.
Edit your xorg.conf:
The Section "Device" in your xorg.conf should look like below:
Section "Device" Identifier "Configured Video Device" Driver "radeonhd" Option "AccelMethod" "EXA" Option "DRI" EndSection
and you have to add this to your xorg.conf
Section "DRI" Mode 0666 EndSection
At this point i prefer rebooting the machine, but stopping x, reload the (new) drm-module and start x again should be enough.
To update DRM to its newest version do this:
cd $SRC cd drm git pull make clean ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr make make install # as root cd linux-core make clean make DRM_MODULES="radeon" make install # as root
To update xf86-video-radeonhd to its newest version do this:
cd $SRC cd xf86-video-radeonhd git pull make clean ./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr make make install # as root