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I found this page, but it doesn't seem to address actually installing anything, just configuration and whether you can use some unmentioned tool or not. I tried doing a software update, the hardware drivers application does nothing, and I'm thinking the easiest thing to do might be just to back up my home folder and reinstall. Is this the best way to do this?

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Thanks! Didn't think of that. – StormShadow Jan 30 '12 at 2:19

Instead of fighting with the ATI proprietary drivers (could never get them installed and working correctly), open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for " ati". Works a charm for Radeon boards.

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Excellent. Will try that. Thanks! – StormShadow Jan 30 '12 at 3:18
Thanks for the help. I did it this morning, but after installation through the Software Center, nothing happened. So I went into Administration and found a newly-available Catalyst Center, which I started, but was stopped by an error message telling me that it can't start because it can't find the driver. I thought it was the driver, so I'm just as confused as before. What additional steps do I have to take? – StormShadow Jan 31 '12 at 2:41
Just a note that the ATI proprietary drivers only support newer ATI card (HD series) on newer distros. ATI stop development of drivers for older cards at Catalyst 9.3. See this ATI Link for a list of effected cards. These older legacy drivers only work with older ubuntu distros. So for older cards with newer distros the open source drivers are the only choice. – James Feb 19 '12 at 17:46

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