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I've got a rather old notebook with an AMD ATI 3200 graphics card inside. Now I use XUbuntu 13.04 on it and found out that there is no support for this chipset anymore, due to some X.org conflicts. But before that I used Manjaro (user-friendly arch derivate), where my graphics card got automatically dedected and the proprietary driver was used, I even got the catalyst control center. Right now I am trying to create the package myself with the download from the AMD website but I don't think that will work. Has anybody got an idea why I can't use the driver on Ubuntu, what I can do to use it and if it's a bad idea to create the package myself with the newest package from the website?

EDIT: Ok, got a solution now: Simply use this repo, which downgrades your x-server to 1.12.4, which enables you to install the proprietary drivers. According to the launchpad site, do this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:makson96/fglrx
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install fglrx-legacy
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As far as I know AMD has declared the chipset end of life and no longer develops drivers for it. As newer Xorg versions emerge, compatibility deteriorates. Using 12.04 LTS might help. –  aquaherd May 13 '13 at 20:53
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Hardware companies do not support their products with software updates forever. In this case, AMD announced that support for cards before Radeon HD 5000 would be ended. To put this in context, HD 5000 (still supported) was released in 2009, HD 4000 (unsupported) was released in 2008.

Downgrading your x-server is not recommended, it may cause dependency or stability problems with your system. Also note that the makson96 repository does not support recent releases of Ubuntu:

If there will be no more driver updates made by AMD, than this repository will not support Ubuntu 13.10 and beyond
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Ubuntu 12.04.3 is not supported.

For more details see Launchpad #1058040 fglrx-installer not working with AMD Radeon/Mobility Radeon HD 2000-4000 cards in Quantal.

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