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Thread: How do I install an earlier version of fgrlx-driver in Debian?

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    Default How do I install an earlier version of fgrlx-driver in Debian?

    I would like to install a previous fglrx driver since the latest two don't work with Wine. In the testing repo there is only one version to be found (1:8-6-2). Therefor I added the stable repo, and now I can also install fglrx 8.28.8.

    However when I try to install the stable driver using "Force Version" in Synaptic it wants to remove all xorg files. Therefor I wonder how I should install older packages in Debian.

    Is there a equivalent to Gentoo's package.mask?

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    you can find the older drivers at http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...ous-linux.html

    you just run the script to install. Uninstall the current drivers first, though (it's easy to do with envy)

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    http://kanotix.com/files/install-fglrx-debian.sh

    run that script with

    -v 8-5

    option.

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    First of all thanks for the help! However I was more looking for a solution within the Debian framework instead of a a workaround. For sure it should be possible to 'blacklist' certain packages? And where did all the previous fglrx packages go? Ar they removed from the repo? Or retained in unstable?

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    My script works for Debian and Ubuntu. You can be sure it is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kano View Post
    My script works for Debian and Ubuntu. You can be sure it is correct.
    That's what I assumed ^^. However by using your script I don't learn anything abot the working of Debian. This means next time a similar problem arises with another package I still haven't learned how to fix it.

    There are 2 possibilities:

    1 It isn't possible to install another fglrx version in Debian, and your script is the only way to solve this.

    2 It is possible to blacklist software in Debian (much like package.mask in Gentoo).

    What I don't understand is why I only find two version of the ATI drivers (stable & testing) in the repos. What happened with the other drivers? Are these discarded?

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    Ok, Ik have the folowing lines in my /etc/apt/preferences:

    Code:
    Package: fglrx-driver
    Pin: version  8.28.8-4
    Pin-Priority: 1000
    
    Package: xserver-xorg
    Pin: version  1:7.1.0-19
    Pin-Priority: 1000

    Unfortunately I hit the following problem when trying to install fglrx-drivers:

    Code:
      libxi6: Depends: x11-common but it is not installable
      xfonts-encodings: Depends: x11-common but it is not installable
      libxt6: PreDepends: x11-common (>= 1:7.0.0) but it is not installable
      libxext6: Depends: x11-common but it is not installable
    open: 9907; closed: 4864; defer: 0; conflict:



    Edit:
    I just checked, but it appears that Debian only has two versions of fglrx available. What happened with each monthly version?

    Code:
    Package fglrx-driver
    
        * sarge-backports (x11): Display driver for the ATI graphics accelerators [non-free]
          8.23.7-0bpo1 [backports]: i386
        * etch (stable) (x11): display driver for the ATI graphics accelerators [non-free]
          8.28.8-4: amd64 i386
        * etch-backports (x11): non-free AMD/ATI r5xx, r6xx display driver [non-free]
          8.47.3-3~bpo40+1 [backports]: amd64 i386
        * lenny (testing) (x11): non-free AMD/ATI r5xx, r6xx display driver [non-free]
          1:8-6-2: amd64 i386
        * sid (unstable) (x11): non-free AMD/ATI r5xx, r6xx display driver [non-free]
          1:8-6-2: amd64 i386
        * experimental (x11): non-free AMD/ATI r5xx, r6xx display driver [non-free]
          1:8-7-1: amd64[/
    http://packages.debian.org/search?ke...ll&section=all
    Last edited by aniruddha; 08-06-2008 at 08:16 PM.

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