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I have installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my lenovo laptop and found a "chip" image on the top of the screen. It showed me to install 3 drivers

  1. ATI/AMD Proprietary FGLRX graphics drivers (post-release updates)
  2. Broadcom STA wireless drivers
  3. ATI/AMD Proprietary FGLRX graphics drivers

When I installed 1st one, it showed me some error so, I installed 2nd one it was successful. I went to 3rd and it failed 1st time and later it worked.. After when I came back and found that it isn't not installed.

I think these are for my ATI Radeon graphic drivers but don't know why its happening. If even found the "System Info" isn't showing any information about graphics.

So, how do I know whether my graphics are installed or not and if not how do I?

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For the record, the second driver is for your wireless network adapter and has nothing to do with your graphics card. – bessman Feb 25 '12 at 16:58
The error messages are important. They give clues as to the problem. without them people cannot answer but can only guess. When you log in do you have two options - Ubuntu and Ubuntu 2D? If you have the Ubuntu option then your proprietary graphic driver is activated. In the past the Additional Driver utility would say: "Activated but not in use." That is a false message. If you have that message ignore it. – grahammechanical Feb 25 '12 at 17:46
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Try running fgl_glxgears. If the driver is correctly installed, you should see an animation of a cube looking like this:


If you get an error, that means the driver is either incorrectly installed, or not installed at all. In order to install it, follow these instructions.

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nope, its showing error. – Surya Feb 25 '12 at 16:13
In that case, follow the instructions in the link above. I have recently installed these drivers myself by following said instructions, so I can vouch for their excellency. Also, what's the error? – bessman Feb 25 '12 at 16:19
I forgot to copy that.. All I could understand from it is that, it couldn't recognize :( – Surya Feb 25 '12 at 18:07
I will add a comment as soon as I install those drivers as mentioned in the instructions – Surya Feb 25 '12 at 18:08
@Carborundum cool tip about the cube. – bioShark Mar 13 '12 at 23:22

Just want to add the Terminal command:


to the conversation, to show what kernel modules are installed.

lsmod | grep video

specifically for video module.

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