NOTE: If you are switching from another OEM's hardware, NVIDIA for instance, you must uninstall the driver for that hardware before installing the AMD/ATI driver.
Using the Ubuntu repositories (recommended)
The easiest way to install binary drivers is to use the built in Hardware Drivers manager in Ubuntu.
In Ubuntu 10.10, this is found under System -> Administration -> Additional Drivers.
After the fglrx driver is installed, reboot your system and login. To check whether the fglrx driver is working, open a terminal and type:
If fglrx is installed and working well you should see an output similar to:
display: :0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series
OpenGL version string: 3.3.11399 Compatibility Profile Context
Using the Ubuntu repositories (alternate command line method, including hardware acceleration)
For users who find that the Additional Drivers method does not work correctly, the driver may also be installed from the Ubuntu repositories using the terminal. Hardware acceleration can also be activated, which some users may find helpful. The hardware acceleration piece has been tested on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin.
(Note: this method will not work for these legacy cards and the legacy driver for them will not work with xserver. If you have one of these cards, you will have to use the default open source driver or purchase a different card. Unfortunately, this list is not exhaustive and some cards included in this list may also refer to products sold under different model names.)
(Note: If your machine has hybrid Intel/AMD switchable graphics, please consult the Ubuntu Forums thread here first. At the time of writing, the method described below MAY NOT WORK for Intel/AMD switchable graphics. If you have an Intel/ATI hybrid, it is advisable to wait until further instructions are available.)
- Save backup copy of xorg.conf in case this doesn't work.
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BAK
- Remove/purge current fglrx and fglrx-amdcccle (If you have used a method outside of aptitude, apt, Software Center or Synaptic, follow the other party's instructions for removal.)
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle
For some users, the fglrx-updates and fglrx-amdcccle-updates packages do not work. If you attempted to install them, also do
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates
Install the driver.
sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle
- Generate a fresh xorg.conf BEFORE REBOOTING!
sudo aticonfig --initial
If you are using multiple AMD/ATI graphics cards, use
sudo aticonfig --adapter=all --initial
Use the Catalyst Control Center to make final adjustments to your monitor setup.
If, after rebooting, you are presented with the message "Could not apply the stored configuration for monitors", do not be alarmed. It simply means that you will have to use the Catalyst Control Center to configure your monitors as you should even in the case where this warning is not shown. This most likely to happen with multiple monitor applications (particularly if the monitors are of different sizes) and multiple graphics card applications.
If you cannot get the Catalyst Control Center to launch from an icon, try from the terminal:
- To get hardware acceleration (tested on 12.04 Precise Pangolin), you need to add four more packages.
sudo apt-get install xvba-va-driver libva-glx1 libva-egl1 vainfo
You can test to see if you have installed them correctly thus:
When installed correctly, you should get the following:
libva: VA-API version 0.32.0
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0".
libva: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva: Trying to open /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/dri/fglrx_drv_video.so
libva: va_openDriver() returns 0
vainfo: VA-API version: 0.32 (libva 1.0.15)
vainfo: Driver version: Splitted-Desktop Systems XvBA backend for VA-API - 0.7.8
vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
VAProfileH264High : VAEntrypointVLD
VAProfileVC1Advanced : VAEntrypointVLD