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    Default Installing Catalyst on Ubuntu 11.04

    I'm trying to install the latest Catalyst 11.5 on Ubuntu 11.04 and holy fuck is it hard!

    The last Ubuntu version I used for an extended period of time was 6.10, but now 11.04 won me over once again. The problem is installing the Catalyst drivers. In openSUSE it's just a matter of running the installer and generating the suse package. Works like a charm. Not in Ubuntu though.

    First I tried to use the "Additional drivers" program, and that did install fglrx, but not the CCC. I also don't want to keep the same old version as newer versions come out, so I tried going the manual route. The first problem I encountered was that the installer ran, decompress its files and then immediately after decompressing all the files it would delete the temp folder and terminate itself without a single message on what's going on. No GUI, nothing. I then discovered the --buildpkg argument and that seemed to work, as 3 new .deb files appeared. I installed those packages successfuly, but aticonfig is not in the path. I found it on the /usr/lib/fglrx/bin directory and so I tried running it from there resulting in this error:

    Code:
    Unable to open /etc/ati/control, please reinstall the driver.
    /usr/lib/fglrx/bin/aticonfig: No supported adapters detected
    The /etc/ati directory doesn't even exist. I have all the dependencies mentioned in the unofficial ati/amd wiki and still it doesn't work.

    I'm a moderately knowledgeable linux user, and have always managed to install these kind of things without resorting to any forums, but now I'm lost. No wonder so many people complain about Catalyst. I could never understand why since in openSUSE everything just worked flawlessly. Wasn't Ubuntu supposed to be the most user-friendly distro out there?...

    So, in short, if someone can point me to an installation guide that does work or have any other tips I'm all ears.

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    Code:
    wget -N http://kanotix.com/files/install-fglrx-debian.sh
    sudo sh install-fglrx-debian.sh -z
    sudo reboot

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    Nope. Thanks but also doesn't work.

    glxinfo reports that: OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on AMD RS880 after running your script. It also reported these errors during the process:

    install-fglrx-debian.sh: 9274: aticonfig: not found
    cp: impossível analisar «/etc/X11/xorg.conf»: Ficheiro ou directoria inexistente (it means it couldn't find the file).

    As before, all the catalyst programs (fglrxinfo, fgl_glxgears, etc) are in /usr/lib/fglrx/bin/ and that directory doesn't seem to be on the PATH. What the hell is going on? Did I do something bad to my system or is this a bug in Catalyst?

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    Ok, seems that ati broke it, it worked with 11-4. Maybe use
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    sudo sh install-fglrx-debian.sh -uz
    That will try with an updated packageing. I currently have got no U install - and i absolutely hate to install it because of a stupid fglrx packageing issue... If nothing helps you can revert to 11-4 using
    Code:
    sudo sh install-fglrx-debian.sh -zv11-4

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    ./ati-installer...sh --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install (if needed)

    Job done. You don't need aticonfig etc. and shouldnt use it with Ubuntu 11.04.
    Last edited by d2kx; 05-20-2011 at 04:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    ./ati-installer...sh --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty
    sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    sudo apt-get -f install (if needed)

    Job done. You don't need aticonfig etc. and shouldnt use it with Ubuntu 11.04.
    That's the first thing I tried, but that left me without the Catalyst Control Center and also didn't touch xorg.conf obviously. I could add the device section by hand, but it really shouldn't be necessary. It also didn't create the /etc/ati directory. I've seen reports of people installing 11.5 perfectly fine, so it could be some problem on my system.

    @kano I'll try those options as soon as I can, which will probably be monday. Your script seems nice, but it could be even better if it check the current directory for the presence of the installer before downloading it and used that instead if present.

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