I have a Acer Aspire V5-552G laptop that comes with two AMD graphics cards(APU + a dedicated one). I have installed the proprietary fglrx-updates drivers, but the drivers are old. They don't even include the switch graphics option to switch between the two graphics cards. What can I do to get the new amd omega drivers?


I don't know how old your Ubuntu installation is, but in just this past year, Ubuntu has radically changed how it handles device drivers, and things have gotten SO GOOD I've taken to uninstalling the proprietary drivers I'd installed, as now Ubuntu often runs my graphics better this way. I recommend you try uninstalling your AMD drivers (either by command line or using the Synaptic Package Manager), and then if things don't improve, then returning to the System Settings, "additional drivers" icon to load new AMD drivers.

Before posting this "answer" I bothered to look up your laptop and it seems that some or all of that model had a touch screen. I have Ubuntu on a rather old and heavy tablet and it operates it just fine without having installed any special drivers.

Please clarify what functionality you aren't seeing. As for switching between the two monitors, that's handled in the System Settings under "Displays".

  • I am using Ubuntu 14.10 fresh installed – Dan Dec 19 '14 at 9:50
  • Interesting. Are you saying you had not made any effort to try using the "Additional Drivers" utility, and yet you are saying the drivers are out of date? Or are you saying you did try that, and the ones you found were out of date? – gyropyge Dec 19 '14 at 9:57
  • Thanks for your answer.My laptop dosen't have a touch. The functionality I want is to switch between my APU and GPU not between monitors.I know that new versions of amd drivers have such option. That is the only reason I want these drivers. If the default open source drivers ca do that then I will use them. – Dan Dec 19 '14 at 9:58
  • I made the effort of installing the additional drivers and they were outdated. – Dan Dec 19 '14 at 9:59
  • I am going to look into this matter a little more on your behalf, but please confirm for me, what you essentially want to do is turn off the internal default graphics so that your laptop displays only through its add on graphics card? If that's right I may already know the answer, but I'm going to look into alternative means as my solution might appear to be a kludge. – gyropyge Dec 19 '14 at 10:21

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