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There are other threads related to this question for Ubuntu 12.04, however THEY DO NOT APPLY TO 12.10. This is not a duplicate of another thread if the referenced thread doesn't answer the question asked.

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what about installing it from the jockey(Additional Drivers) ? –  Suhaib Oct 22 '12 at 1:46
    
or this ? askubuntu.com/questions/204129/… –  Suhaib Oct 22 '12 at 1:50
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I just get a "no proprietary drivers are in use" notice. No option to install the drivers. –  Chris Bauer Oct 25 '12 at 3:37
    
Please consider marking my answer. –  Bucic Jan 6 '13 at 12:28

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For the purpose of this question: Catalyst = fglrx = proprietary AMD/ATI display driver

The most problems people are having come from the fact that:
1. Ubuntu has moved to newer driver versions, that don't support some older ATI/AMD chips
2. Ubuntu has moved to newer Xorg versions

Symptoms:
No. 1 - 'not supported' errors / Jockey not detecting proprietary drivers valid for installation
No. 2 - some older ATI/AMD Catalyst versions won't install

Which all comes down to:
Your chip is no longer supported by the latest ATI/AMD catalyst display drivers (be it via manual install or from Ubuntu repositories)

Solution:
Check, what is the latest driver version that supports your chip and then proceed with the installation accordingly.
http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Hardware (may be slightly outdated)
or
enter your graphic card details here:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
use terminal command to display information about your graphics

lspci | grep VGA

If the latest version for you is 12.6 => proceed as per http://askubuntu.com/a/201785/29347

Chips that are indicated 'legacy' (not supported for the latest Catalyst versions):
Try the PPA listed here How to install old AMD Catalyst 12.4 drivers on Ubuntu 12.10? You'll most probably get Catalyst 12.6

Chips that ARE supported in 12.10 / by the latest Catalyst drivers:
The installation should be accomplished as per What is the correct way to install ATI Catalyst Video Drivers?

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That's odd, I have a Radeon 4870 which is still one of the better cards available. –  Chris Bauer Oct 26 '12 at 4:24
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@ChrisBauer According to the sources I've just added above your 4000 is 'legacy' already. Gotta love planned obsolescence ;) –  Bucic Oct 26 '12 at 6:08
    
Wow, thanks for your help. I'll look into this when I have more time. Looks like my next card will be a Nvidia :) –  Chris Bauer Oct 26 '12 at 19:06

Here is the latest version of Ati Catalyst 12.11 (beta) and 12.10 (stable) that has just been released ,you can find it here : http://www.upubuntu.com/search/label/System hope it will work .

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Thanks, but both the 12.11 and 12.10 versions are giving me the "Your graphics adapter is not supported by this driver" error. –  Chris Bauer Oct 26 '12 at 4:33

The latest ATI catalyst for Ubuntu 12.10 I know of is this one:
AMD Catalyst 12,9 driver

First Uninstall the current driver AMD with these commands:

sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh 
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx  

Manual installation:

To install AMD Catalyst 12.9 in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 run the following commands from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install unzip
cd /tmp && wget -O amd-12.9-9.00-EDG_Direct.zip http://www2.ati.com/drivers/embedded/9.00-120815a-146426C-EDG_Direct.zip
unzip amd-12.9-9.00-EDG_Direct.zip
chmod +x amd-driver-installer-9.00-x86.x86_64.run 
sudo sh amd-driver-installer-9.00-x86.x86_64.run

And then after the installation was finished run this command:

sudo aticonfig --initial -f 

Then reboot.


Note: PPA has not been updated so far, but the driver will be updated soon. To install the driver provided by xorg-edgers, open the terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer
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I'm getting one of the errors I get fairly often in my various attempts to install the driver: "Your graphics adapter is not supported by this driver. Installation will not proceed." I've tried googling the error to no avail. –  Chris Bauer Oct 25 '12 at 4:26
    
I also tried adding the xorg-edgers/ppa repository and installing fglrx-installer, but I don't know what to do after that. Running fglrx-installer at terminal gives a bad command error. –  Chris Bauer Oct 25 '12 at 4:27

If you would like to update your ATI / AMD Catalyst Proprietary Display Drivers to the latest release, or would like to try the latest AMD Catalyst BETA drivers, have look at :

The Fan Club - Ubuntu AMD Catalyst install

  • The application auto detects your ATI / AMD graphics hardware and selects the best driver options to install.
  • This application downloads, creates DEB packages and installs the latest AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Drivers for Ubuntu 32bit/64bit.
  • You can also install the latest AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Display BETA Drivers as well as Legacy AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Drivers if your hardware is supported.
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