My system is overheating frequently, and sometimes it shuts down, so I think I have to install the AMD/Intel Hybrid drivers to fix this problem... My laptop is this Dell with Intel/AMD Hybrid Graphics and I am running Xubuntu 16.04 amd64 (I made a zero installation today).

02:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Thames [Radeon HD 7550M/7570M/7650M] [1002:6841] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])

This is what I have tried:

  1. Installing drivers with sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-dev -- didn't work.

  2. Installing drivers with .deb packages from AMD Website -- didn't work.

  3. Following the instructions here and here -- didn't work.

Now I am trying to install the drivers manually, as described here (section 4.2) and in this guide (sections 2.3 to 2.3.2) using this driver that I have downloaded from AMD Website.

When I try to run the .run file as root, this error message appears:

ERROR: Please install the required pre-requisites before proceeding with AMD Catalyst installation. Please check file usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log for more details

I have checked the /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log and the content is:

NOTE: If your system has logged the missing packages required for installation, install them in the order as per the log file to resolve package-dependency issues.

fglrx installation requires that the system has kernel headers.  /lib/modules/4.4.0-22-generic/build/include/linux/version.h cannot be found on this system.
Install kernel headers using the command apt-get install linux-headers-4.4.0-22-generic.

So I ran sudo apt-get install linux-headers-4.4.0-22-generic and:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
linux-headers-4.4.0-22-generic is already the newest version (4.4.0-22.39).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
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    AMD does not support the new Xorg's. Are you on 16.04? Then they force you to use the open drivers. Please contribute to their development! :) For more infos, read the release notes of 16.04. – dadexix86 May 10 '16 at 14:50
  • It will be a pleasure to contribute! Thank you for the information. But, for now, what do you recommend me? A downgrade do 14.04 will work fine with my system? – Sergio May 10 '16 at 14:56
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    Yes, it will probably work fine. – dadexix86 May 10 '16 at 14:57
  • I've installed Xubuntu 14.04.4 LTS amd64 and the drivers are working fine, now. Thank you very much! Now I'm going to learn how to contribute to open drivers development :) – Sergio May 11 '16 at 2:21

You have two options. Either downgrade to 14.04 or install open source AMDGPU/ATI drivers.

This is how I installed AMD drivers in my Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial

Download the AMDGPU-PRO from here

Run the following commands in the terminal

tar xvzf amdgpu-pro-16.40-XXXXXX.tar.xz

cd amdgpu-pro-16.40-XXXXXX

chmod +x amdgpu-pro-install

sudo ./amdgpu-pro-install

Replace XXXXXX with the build number. Finally issue the following obvious command.

sudo reboot

To verify if it installed successfully issue dpkg -l amdgpu-pro

Source: https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDGPU-PRO-Install.aspx

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