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Ubuntu Intrepid Installation Guide

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== The alternatives ==
ATI has had a bad poor track-record when it comes to drivers for Linuxsupport. There are countless too many stories about black screens, hours of configuring X, installing drivers , angrily (and ineffectively) editing configuration files, and swearing at sitting dumbfounded in front of the computer. AMD has traditionally been a bit more Linux-friendly, so after AMD bought ATI, a slight hope has arisen for that in the future there might be better drivers for ATI-cards on Linux.
However, creating better drivers takes some time, so while the people at AMD are doing their thing, people with ATI cards basically have these options:
= Installing the proprietary drivers "the ATI way" =
Download the Cataylst {{Catalystversion}} AMD driver file and run the installer. People that have not had luck with the first two choices have had success with this.
 
Note: A number of cards, some of which were marketed quite recently, are currently in ATI's legacy pipeline. Download the final version of the drivers (9.3) for these cards here [http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/legacy/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx?type=2.7&product=2.7.4.3.3.3.1&lang=English].
= Installing the restricted drivers manually =
===''2. Create .deb packages.''===
{{Box Terminal|
sh {{Template:Catalystfilename}} --buildpkg Ubuntu/intrepid}}
===''3. Install .debs.''===
Catalyst {{catalystversion}} on 64-bit systems requires the ''--force-overwrite'' command in the above ''dpkg'' command:
{{Box Terminal|
sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite xorg-driver-fglrx_8.593602-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.593602-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.593602-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
}}
''Using [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_line_completion tab completion] can make this command easier.''
Please note: Depending on the particular ATI card that you own, you may or may not automatically have all of the relevant driver features enabled. R500 and R600 cards (X1xxx, HD series, and newer) in particular will need TexturedVideo enabled in Xorg.conf (rather than the traditional VideoOverlay) in order to support Xv accelerated video playback.
'''HOW TO UPDATE DRIVER''': To update your driver to a new version (say 9.3 to 9.4) first disable the current driver through Ubuntu's Hardware MangerManager, then go to synaptic and search for the "xorg-driver-fglrx" without the quotes and mark it for "Complete removal" and hit "Apply" then restart. Now simply repeat steps #1, 2, 3 and finally run these commends in a terminal: {{Box Terminal|sudo aticonfig --initial -f
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then reboot.
 
It is very important that you COMPLETELY remove the old driver which includes the config files because when upgrading without uninstalling the old driver I noticed even though the new driver installed and worked there were some annoying problems that I experienced but after I completely uninstalled the driver then reinstalled it, it worked perfectly.
== Finally ==

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