In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing ATI Catalyst Video Drivers, also known as fglrx, on Ubuntu. This proprietary driver, provided directly by AMD, can significantly improve your system’s graphics performance. This guide is suitable for Ubuntu 14.04, 13.04, 12.10, and 12.04.
To install ATI Catalyst Video Drivers on Ubuntu, you need to download the appropriate driver from the AMD/ATI website, extract it to a folder, build a Debian package using the terminal, and install the package using the dpkg command. After installation, initialize the driver and reboot your computer.
Before starting the installation process, ensure that your Ubuntu Operating System (OS) is up-to-date. You can verify this by clicking the power icon in the top right corner of your screen, selecting “About this computer,” and checking for an “Install updates” button. If it’s not present, your system is up-to-date.
Installing Necessary Dependencies
The first step is to install the necessary dependencies. Open a terminal window and run the following command:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6 dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases
In this command:
sudois used to run the command with root privileges.
apt-get installis the command to install packages.
- The rest of the line lists the packages we need to install.
For 64-bit systems, additional dependencies are required. Install them by running the following command:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch i386 lib32gcc1 libc6-i386
Downloading and Extracting the Driver
Next, download the appropriate driver for your machine from the AMD/ATI Website. Once downloaded, extract the driver to a folder.
Building and Installing the Driver
In the terminal, navigate to the extracted driver folder and run the following command:
sudo sh *.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/trusty
This command will build a Debian package for the driver. The
--buildpkg option tells the script to build a package, while
Ubuntu/trusty specifies the target distribution and version.
If necessary, a package manager window will open and install dependencies. Afterward, four .deb packages will be created.
To install the created .deb files, run the following command:
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
dpkg -i is used to install the .deb files.
Initializing the Driver
After the installation, initialize the driver by running the following command:
sudo aticonfig --initial
--initial option is used to generate a new /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
Rebooting the System
Finally, reboot your computer to apply the changes. You can do this by clicking the power icon in the top right corner of your screen and selecting “Restart.”
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the ATI Catalyst Video Drivers on your Ubuntu system. This should significantly improve your system’s graphics performance. Remember to keep your drivers up-to-date to ensure the best performance and security.
This guide specifically covers the installation process for Ubuntu. While it may be possible to install ATI Catalyst Video Drivers on other Linux distributions, the steps and commands may vary. It is recommended to consult the documentation or support resources specific to your Linux distribution for instructions.
After installing the drivers and rebooting your system, you can check if the ATI Catalyst Video Drivers are being used by opening a terminal window and running the command
fglrxinfo. If the output includes information about your ATI graphics card, the drivers are successfully installed and being used.
To update the ATI Catalyst Video Drivers, you can follow the same installation process outlined in this guide using the latest version of the driver available from the AMD/ATI website. Before updating, it is recommended to uninstall the current version of the drivers using the command
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx* and then proceed with the installation of the new version.
Yes, if you decide to revert back to the open-source graphics drivers, you can do so by uninstalling the ATI Catalyst Video Drivers. Open a terminal window and run the command
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx* to remove the drivers. Afterward, restart your system and it should automatically switch back to using the open-source drivers.
ATI Catalyst Video Drivers have been known to have compatibility issues with certain hardware configurations or specific versions of the Ubuntu operating system. Additionally, updates to the Ubuntu kernel or Xorg server may require manual intervention to ensure the drivers continue to work properly. It is recommended to regularly check for updates from AMD/ATI and the Ubuntu community to stay informed about any known issues or limitations.