How to install Ati Catalyst driver on Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”
- you should know how to use a console
- you should know how to install packages from the command line
Step 1) Install packages need to install the driver using your favourite package management tool (Synaptic, Adept, or apt-get from the command line):
dkms makes the kernel modules easier to install
sudo apt-get install dkms libstdc++5 dpkg-dev fakeroot debhelper dh-make build-essential
dpkg-dev provides tools necessary to build packages
not sure what the other packages do exactly
You will need these packages only later, so while these packages download and install, you can safely go to the next step!
Step 2) If you want to use the latest fglrx driver, you'll have to first stop Ubuntu from managing it itself via its restricted drivers manager. First you backup the current configuration file:
sudo cp /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules- common.original
Now you open the restricted software manager configuration file by using
sudo kate /etc/default/linux-restricted-modules-common.
Do this by adding fglrx to the DISABLED_MODULES list at the bottom of the file
Following the example given in that file, add fglrx between the quotes “”. If you have other module names in the string between the quotes, just add the word fglrx somewhere and make sure you keep a space between words.
# DISABLED_MODULES="ath_hal fc fglrx ltm nv"
download the file from the AMD website http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...ux-radeon.html
Time to check if those packages at step 1 had installed. If done, close the package management program and proceed to the next step.
The next steps are to be made in a console window (Konsole, Gterm, basically anything has a prompt and executes shell commands):
Step 3) Go to the directory where you saved the downloaded drivers:
Generate ubuntu packages for fglrx:
sh ati-(press tab to get file name) --buildpkg Ubuntu/7.10
You should get this before pressing Enter:
(Ubuntu and Kubuntu are the same from a driver standpoint). You should obtain these files:
sh ati-driver-installer-8.443.1-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/7.10
fglrx-installer_8.443.1-1_i386.changes – this is a textfile describing the changes to the packages, not really needed
Step 4) Next, install all of the packages you've just generated: sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb (do this for all the .deb files generated by the ati installer) You have to do the xorg driver first, followed then by amdcccle and the kernel source (which compiles automatically if you have dkms set up)
Step 5) Finally, try
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.443.1-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx-dev_8.443.1-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i fglrx-amdcccle_8.443.1-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-source_8.443.1-1_i386.deb
followed by a reboot.
# this seems to only be needed some of the time
sudo modprobe fglrx
# this configures X server to use fglrx module
# on the second run of this command it says X.org server is already configured
Step 6) To test if everything is fine open the ATI Catalyst Control Center (if you do not see the shortcut you can call amdcccle from the command line). Here you should be able to change settings like Anisotropic Filtering, AntiAliasing.
Step 7) Please let me know what you think of this guide and how can I improve it!
One more thing:
I apologize to AMD for calling their site "broken" in the thread name and the first post.
--edit: added build-essential to the helper tool packages.