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Ubuntu Precise Installation Guide

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Installing Catalyst Manually (from AMD/ATI's site)
* '''vesa''' - very basic, lacks 2D/3D acceleration, and focuses on compatibility with all VESA-compliant graphics cards. It is good for starting the GUI environment when no accelerated driver is available/working, and little else.
* '''ati''' - actually a thin wrapper that will invoke the radeon driver (or another ati open-source driver for pre-Radeon cards).
* '''radeon''' - open source driver supporting all Radeon cards. This driver has excellent 2D acceleration and compatibility with the Linux graphics stack. 3D acceleration is sufficient for desktop effects and a nice set of native Linux games. Power management is now comparable to the Catalyst driver.* '''Catalyst (a.k.a fglrx)''' a proprietary "blob" (closed source binary) driver designed by ATI, with 3D code based off of their Windows driver. Only RadeonHD chips are supported on recent Linux distros. You may want to use this driver for longer battery life on a laptop or for more demanding 3D applications.
= Updated Open Source Driver PPA's =
| <br />NOTE: If you enter your card information on AMD/ATI's driver page, it will offer you the Catalyst 9-3 driver to download. However, the Catalyst 9-3 driver doesn't support X servers past 1.5, and it will not work with Precise (or anything later than Lucid/10,04)! !!!SO BE CAREFUL!!! If you tried to install Catalyst on a system with one of these cards, see the 'Removing the Driver' section to restore the default/pre-installed drivers.<br /><br />
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| <br />NOTE: The last Catalyst release to support your card is the 12-6 Legacy release:
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== Installing Catalyst Manually (from AMD/ATI's site) ==
IMPORTANT NOTE: Installing Catalyst 12-4 on 32-bit Precise currently requires a patch. It is recommended to use the fglrx package from Ubuntu instead, but the patch procedure can be found here:
I recommend copying and pasting the commands to ensure there are no typing mistakes and speed up the install process. Remember to use Ctrl '''+ Shift''' + V or Shift + Insert to paste into the terminal (or go to the terminals menu, select edit and click paste).
''If you are using the x86_64 architecture (64 bit)'':
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 lib32gcc1 libc6-i386 cd If your ''/usr ; sudo ln -svT lib etc/usrmodprobe.d/lib64blacklist-local.conf'' contains ''blacklist fglrx'' make sure you comment out this line by adding a ''#'' in front of it.
===''Download the latest Catalyst package.''===
This package contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit driver.
cd ~/; mkdir catalyst{{Catalystversion}}; cd catalyst{{Catalystversion}}/ wget <nowiki></nowiki>{{Catalystdashversion}} unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.4-x86.x86_64.runzip chmod +x amd-driver-installer-{{Catalystdashversion}}
===''Create and install .deb packages.'' ===
sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-{{Catalystdashversion}} --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
If all else fails, revert your xorg.conf and reboot.
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig original-0 /etc/X11/xorg.conf
This should return your original display.
==''Test your installation''==
'''NOTE: if you don't reboot first, fglrxinfo gives an error message.'''
Reboot the computer and type
XBMC has added support for accelerating video using XvBA/libxvba directly, but the support is currently not in the xbmc package in Ubuntu's repositories. To install the XvBA-enabled version of xbmc:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:wsnipex/xbmc-xvba-eden
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
sudo amdconfig --set-pcs-u32=MCIL,HWUVD_H264Level51Support,1
== Using the xvba-va Driver (VA-API) ==
=== Intel/ATI Hybrids ===
TODOFollow GUI Installation and choose the basic one "ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver". Let the install finish and it will ask you to reboot. Do not REBOOT. Make a backup if you xorg.conf.  sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.orig Generate a new config: Status unknown at   sudo amdconfig --initial -f Force use of the new xorg.conf.  sudo amdconfig --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf --tls=1 Run the following commands to confim your new settings:  fglrxinfo and   fgl_glxgears Once all done, Reboot.  Relogin and try the following command to see your Graphics card status:  sudo lshw -C display Re-open "Additional Drivers" settings and you will see "ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver" status as "This driver is activated and currently in use". Open "AMD Catalyst Control Center" to see more options.  Tested on my Intel Gen 2/RadeonHD7550 gfx cards on a Samsumg NP530U4B-S01AU Laptop. This solved a general overheating and crashing of AMD Catalyst Control Center issues. Extra: I completely solved overheating issue with Jupiter Applet. ( on the same laptop. More comments on this timewould be appreciated.
== Build Fails and Log Shows "mixed implicit and normal rules. Stop." ==
If you installed the proprietary driver included with Ubuntu or you do not want to upgrade to a newer version, it may be possible to work around the issue by using a control file from a older version of Catalyst than the one you're running.
cd ~/; mkdir catalyst12.4; cd catalyst12.4/
wget <nowiki></nowiki> chmod +x sh --extract driver
sudo mv /etc/ati/control ~/control.bak
sudo cp driver/common/etc/ati/control /etc/ati
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