Have you tried SDK v1.1-beta?
BTW. this week I'll be getting a machine equipped with an ATi 4870 + OpenSuSE 11 and am wondering if I should go with Catalyst 8.6 or 8.7? I've been reading posting warning people off 8.7.
Yes, I'm using SDK v1.1-beta and Catalyst 8.6. I also tried the new 8.7, but after I installed it, I couldn't even get the CAL samples running ... (but the graphics worked fine)
8.7 is known not to work with v1.1-beta. 8.8 will work with v1.2-beta which is due the week of 9/8.
Can you let me know if you still have the problem after you use v1.2-beta?