Thank you so much. I had been struggling to get the catalyst drivers for natty installed both via Jockey (actually they downloaded and installed but were basically worthless) and manual download and install (a lot of errors) and had no luck, but the X-Swat ppa did the job. It took me a few hours (at least) to stumble on your post to get it working, but it is and I am so grateful.
As for upgrading the catalyst drivers to 11.6, did you uninstall the fglrx packages via Jockey or the terminal or some other way and then manually install the newest version off of ATI's website? (I ask because after the hassel of arriving here and getting the display settings working I might commit hari kari if I unnecessarily broke it again)
Nice that my suffering was helpful to someone
About the jerkiness, it will drive you insane after a few days, so when that time comes your best bet is switching to unity-2d. So much better performance! It's a bit different than regular Unity and the few effects it has are very crappy, but the performance is all worth it. Trust me, scrolling in the web browser doesn't have to be so painful
3D performance on other apps is as expected. Only the desktop experience takes a dive with Catalyst and Unity :P
Unable to install Catalyst 11.8 after using Ubuntu's restricted drivers option
I use ubuntu 11.04 64-bit.
If I use Ubuntu's restricted drivers option to install Catalyst drivers (11.4), then I am unable to install the 11.8 drivers later.
used the procedures from http://wiki.cchtml.com for Ubuntu
To make it clear:
1. use Ubuntu's restricted drivers option to install Catalyst drivers (11.4)
2. use the same program to remove the drivers then reboot
3. download 11.8 driver, generate packages for Ubuntu/natty and "sudo dpkg -i *.deb"
4. no aticonfig or amdconfig present (is it necessary to run this after installation anymore?)
didn't try rebooting to see if it worked (since I had already reinstalled and didn't want system to break again).
However, if I try installing the 11.8 driver directly after installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu, works flawlessly. I guess the restricted drivers procedure screws up some stuff?
In general, I recommend installing packages built with
./*.run --buildpkg ...
If you're not willing to reinstall and you have trouble building packages yourself, distributed with the above installer are repository archives for Lucid, Maverick, and Natty. The Natty archive includes Catalyst 11-4 through 11-8.