I just finished installing Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit on my laptop and I'm having a hard time getting my graphic card drivers to work.
Jockey (the GUI for installing additional proprietary graphic drivers) always fails to successfully install either of the two driver options it proposes me with, which are:
- ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics drivers (post-release updates)
- ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics drivers
For both, it throws the following error message:
Sorry, installation of this driver failed. Please have a look at the log file for details: /var/log/jockey.log
The log file was a dead end, since I lack the brains to understand it. I can post it if needed.
I continued my investigation by checking if I could install the drivers using Aptitude and here is where it gets weird. The command 'apt-cache policy fglrx-updates' reveals that my system has the FGLRX driver installed. Also, when I do a search in the dash, I can access the Catalyst control center and play with the driver settings so, as far as I can tell, the driver was, in fact, installed...?
But when I use the Additional Drivers Jockey app, it tells me that the drivers AREN'T installed and 'fails' to install them.
Furthermore, when I look at my System Details, under Graphics, it tells me my machine is using 'VESA: RS880M' which, as far as I can tell, are not the proprietary AMD drivers. So it looks like the drivers are present on my machine but that Ubuntu isn't using them.
Also, I have a copy of Starcraft Brood War that I like to run under Wine on a different computer (a Desktop machine, also Ubuntu 12.04) and it works fine there, but here on my laptop, the framerate is very slow and choppy. So I'm wondering if these issues are related to Ubuntu using the VESA drivers and not the proper AMD drivers.
FLGRX drivers for my ATI graphics card seem to be installed, but Jockey and System Details tell me otherwise. Jockey says they are not installed but then fails to install them, and System Details says I am using VESA (which I assume is different and not what I want). I want the propietary drivers because I suppose they will run faster. What is VESA? Is there a better alternative? How is it that apt-cache tells me that the 'fglrx-updates' package is installed, Jockey tells me the contrary, and system details tell me it is using VESA for Graphics?
Starcraft (original, 1998 game) has a very choppy framerate but this laptop has a dual-core processor with 4GB of RAM so I'm assuming it has to do with my graphics drivers (lack of 2D/3D acceleration?) Does Starcraft being slow have anything to do with the drivers not being properly installed?
I'm lost. Let me know if I'm not making any sense.