According to a post by Alex Deucher, the canonical way to build the ATI driver with TV Out support that he maintains is:

  1. First make sure you back up the existing radeon ( and ati ( drivers.
  2. install the xorg-dev, mesa-dev, libdrm-dev and xserver-dev packages for your distro. The usual build tools are needed too (autoconf, automake, libtool, gcc and others)
  3. git-clone git://
  4. cd xf86-video-ati
  5. ./ --prefix=/usr
  6. make
  7. sudo make install or make install as root

If you get this error after running, you forgot to install libtool: error: possibly undefined macro: AC_DISABLE_STATIC
      If this token and others are legitimate, please use m4_pattern_allow.
      See the Autoconf documentation. error: possibly undefined macro: AC_PROG_LIBTOOL
autoreconf: /usr/bin/autoconf failed with exit status: 1