Ubuntu Feisty Installation Guide
The latest fglrx driver supports Radeon 9500+ and the X-series cards up to X1900.
- 1 Pre-Installation Checks
- 2 Installation
- 3 Post-Installation Checks
- 4 Ubuntu-specific Issues
- 5 See Also
Enable "restricted" Repository
Make sure the restricted repository is enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list or this guide will not work!
Disable Composite Extension
In Ubuntu Feisty the Composite extension is enabled by default, however, fglrx does not yet support Composite with DRI. In order to disable Composite you have to edit the xorg.conf file:
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and add these lines at the end of the file:
Section "Extensions" Option "Composite" "Disable" EndSection
- Note: Xubuntu does not have gedit. The default text editor in Xubuntu is called mousepad.
- Note: Kubuntu does not have gedit. The default text editor in Kubuntu is called Kate. Another option is to use nano.
Method 1: Install the Driver the Ubuntu Way
IMPORTANT: This method will not work with 2.6.20.* kernels.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install linux-restricted-modules-$(uname -r) #Okay if it is already installed sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx sudo depmod -a
Method 2: Install the Driver Manually
- Note: This is an alternative installation method for the section above that works for 2.6.20.* kernels.
- Note: Make sure that you have the universe and multiverse repositories enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list before doing these steps.
Install necessary tools:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) wget
Download the ATI driver installer:
cd ~/ wget https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206/0/www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-8.34.8-x86.x86_64.run
- Note: This installer is for 32bit and 64bit systems), taking care of which version needs for your device.
Delete any old fglrx packages in your home directory
sudo rm xorg-driver-fglrx*.deb sudo rm fglrx-kernel-source*.deb sudo rm fglrx-control*.deb
Create .deb packages:
sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.34.8-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/edgy
- Note: --buildpkg Ubuntu/feisty doesn't work for now, don't try.
Install .deb packages:
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx*.deb sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-source*.deb sudo dpkg -i fglrx-control*.deb
Remove any old fglrx debs from /usr/src/:
sudo rm /usr/src/fglrx-kernel*.deb
Patch for 2.6.20.* kernels
cd ~/ wget http://darcs.frugalware.org/repos/frugalware-current/source/x11-extra/fglrx/fglrx-2.6.20.patch cd /usr/src sudo cp fglrx.tar.bz2 fglrx.tar.bz2-original sudo tar -xvjf fglrx.tar.bz2 cd /usr/src/modules/fglrx sudo patch < ~/fglrx-2.6.20.patch cd /usr/src sudo tar -cvjf fglrx.tar.bz2 modules/fglrx
Compile the kernel module:
sudo module-assistant prepare
sudo module-assistant update
sudo module-assistant build fglrx
sudo module-assistant install fglrx
sudo depmod -a
- The patch should work, but I have not tested it properly. The patch was successfully installed on my dv8000. Hopefully someone can clean up what I wrote (if it needs revised).
IMPORTANT: You have to recompile the kernel module after each kernel update!
Configure the Driver
- Note: An alternative to the aticonfig --initial command is to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replace the string "ati" with "fglrx" in the "Device" section. This way you won't lose your old "Screen" and "Monitor" settings. Afterwards you can use aticonfig for setting overlay etc. I suggest that you do it the manual way if you patched the module, aticonfig --initial didn't work for me.
sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
Finish the Installation
Now save any open document and reboot your system:
sudo shutdown -r now
- Note: An alternative to rebooting is to restart the X Server by pressing your CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE keys. You must remove any old kernel modules such as "drm" "radeon" or "fglrx" using the "rmmod" command. Example:
Run the following command to check its output to ensure the fglrx driver is installed properly:
$fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON 9700 Generic OpenGL version string: 2.0.6286 (8.33.6)
Additional configure with aticonfig tool
You can even more configure the driver with the aticonfig tool, more information can be found at Configuring.
- use powerplay option to switch power state for battery friendly or performance mode
- use dual head or one big desktop mode
- turn second monitor on/off on the fly
Revert to Xorg driver
If (for any reason) the fglrx install fails, you can revert to the Xorg driver by executing
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
and selecting the "ati" driver, or simply restoring the previous /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, if you made a backup.
You also need to remove the xorg-driver-fglrx or your manually installed drivers to get the 3D acceleration back, since it is provided by file /usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 which belongs to libgl1-mesa package and which is moved to backup and replaced at the installation of xorg-driver-fglrx (or the manually built) package. In case the removal of the fglrx drivers fails to restore the file from libgl1-mesa, you have to reinstall the package by running:
sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa
If suspend is not working
If after fglrx installation suspend stops working, meaning it suspends not start and just gives black screen. Then changing a few options is reported to work (Bug 84991 ).
For ATI X700:
SAVE_VBE_STATE=false POST_VIDEO=true USE_DPMS=false
For ATI X1300 and above: