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I've just bought new laptop ASUS K42J with no OS pre-installed. I had installed Ubuntu 10.04 on it. Everything is fine excluding video card performance - it looks like wide screen pulled on horizontal. I had checked monitor preferences - there is appears only one resolution 1024x768 4:3.

As far as I understood it a driver's issue. There weren't any problems during installations - open-source driver has been installed automatically. I'd tried to check "additional drivers" section, but it doesn't offer me any additional drivers for installation.

I had downloaded the driver from here but now I don't know how to istall it on Ubuntu. I'm newbie on Linux and irt looks a bit complicated for me :) I tried some tricks mentioned on another posts but with no result. I'll be very appriciated for any help.

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right click the driver, allow it to execute, then run it form the terminal – Uri Herrera Jul 22 '11 at 7:26
The Radeon HD 6000 series had not been released at the time 10.04 came out. You might have better luck using a newer version of Ubuntu (the current release certainly does a much better job for my 5000 series card). – James Henstridge Jul 22 '11 at 9:03
thanks a lot for suggestions. I'll try first to install AMD driver, if will get the same result - then will go to Ubuntu 11.04 and see outcome – Justas Jul 22 '11 at 10:46
Installation of AMD driver didn't help. I had installed Ubuntu 11.04 and everything woks good now. Thanks a lot for your help – Justas Jul 22 '11 at 21:10
up vote 4 down vote accepted

open a terminal and change to the directory where the downloaded file has been saved change to root user

sudo su

then run the downloaded file(this is the one installed, your version might have another name)


follow the prompts and all should be well

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thanks for your reply. Downloaded driver's file has been saved into "Downloads" directory. The file name is exactly the same like you mentioned. Sorry for a bit stupid question(it's my first steps in Linux) - how I should change directory to root user ? Just by writing "sudo su" ? is that all what have to be written in terminal ? – Justas Jul 22 '11 at 10:54
once the terminal is open type sudo su it will ask for you password enter your password and press enter (nothing will be displayed while you type, this is normal) now you;ll see root@computer-name at the start of you terminal prompt. now type cd /home/you-user-name/Downloads and then type ./ and follow the prompts – Dirk Hartzer Waldeck Jul 22 '11 at 11:19
thanks a lot, it's very helpful. Now it's cleared for me – Justas Jul 22 '11 at 14:18

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