I have to play 720p/1080p videos and I want to play games, so I need the best I can get.

In Software Sources, under Additional Drivers, these are my options:

  • using x.org x server -- AMD/ATI display driver wrapper from xserver-xorg-video-ati (open source)

  • using video driver for the amd graphics accelerators from fglrx (proprietary)

  • using video driver for the amd graphics accelerators from fglrx-updates (proprietary)


The best option: FGLRX - Proprietary drivers, downloaded directly from ATI and compiled yourself!

In addition to obysr's answer, I always had trouble installing using the Additional Drivers. Below are a bunch of commands I used to build and install the drivers directly from the AMD website.

sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6;
sudo apt-get install dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases;
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic xserver-xorg-core libgcc1;
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32gcc1 libc6-i386;
cd /usr ; sudo ln -svT lib /usr/lib64;
cd ~/; mkdir catalyst12.4; cd catalyst12.4/
wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86.x86_64.zip;
unzip ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86.x86_64.run;
sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise;
sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb;
  • Copy and paste these into a file.
  • Save as installATI without an extension on your Desktop (important!).
  • Right click on the file and select properties.
  • Select the 'Permissions' tab and tick the 'Allow executing as a program' textbox.
  • Close that window.
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + T to open a terminal.
  • Type sudo ./Desktop/installATI and enter your password
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    So did I, additional driver makes my screen get blank – obysr Mar 18 '13 at 2:33

Second Option, FGLRX. it's stable version of original AMD Radeon driver. the fglx-updates too, it's newest update version of original AMD Radeon driver, but doesn't guarantee it will be stable with your Ubuntu

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