Nov 25, 2011

How to Install ATI drivers in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneric













Before I begin you should know:
There are two types of Ati drivers available on Linux: The official driver provided by ATI(better known as FGLRX) and the open source driver developed by community after hacking/reverse engineering the official drivers(best of which is  known as xerver-xorg-video-ati). Generous contributors have hacked at code to create a free and open source driver for many ATI users. These drivers have come quite a long way from what they used to be 2 years ago. But, they slightly  lack in performance  and aren't officially supported by ATI. Proprietary drivers, on the other hand, offer superior performance but  they are closed source aka they are not open source.
  • Installing FGLRX:

    This can be achieved in two ways:


    1. Easy method:

      • Open Addition drivers(dash->application->addition drivers or just search additional driver in dash search bar)
      • Select ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics Driver
      • Click on activate
      • Download will start and driver will get automatically installed,restart and you are done
    2. Manual method:

      This method may create some error  and may not be success full in every machine and thus is little bit tricky
      Easy method:click on activate
      • Download the respective driver from AMD's official support page.Click here
      • Right click on the downloaded file. Go to Properties and select to be executed as a program.
      • Now double click the file, let it run in Terminal
      • Enter Root password when prompted
      • Once done, open up another Terminal and enter the following command: sudo aticonfig --initial or browse dash  and click AMD catalyst control center
      • Restart viola you are done
  • Open source alternatives?

    They are installed by default :)
  • Troubleshooting:
    • Enter in Recovery mode for uninstalling and other configurational changes
    • Tips:hit sudo aticonfig to make configuration change 
    • To uninstall : open terminal cd usr/share/ati and this: sudo sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh

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