2. This method involves creating .deb files and then installing the drivers. You can simply run the .sh file and use the graphical installer if you have all of the prerequisites in place. The .deb approach has a few key advantages: it'll give useful errors if you're missing anything and it allows for easier removal (using Synaptic).
3. Important Warning: Installation of this driver requires removing the restricted-modules package in order to work. That package includes drivers for madwifi (Atheros wireless cards), nvidia cards, and a handful of other devices. I have a work-around for the madwifi drivers but you need to perform it before removing the restricted modules (jump to end of this post).
4. When running the dpkg-reconfigure command you should answer the questions that you know and take the defaults for the rest. You might want to say no to the monitor detection--it has caused X-Windows to crash for some people.
Remove old fglrx driver
Remove Breezy's included drivers if they are installed:
sudo apt-get remove xorg-driver-fglrx
sudo apt-get remove fglrx-control
sudo apt-get remove linux-restricted-modules-$(uname -r)
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg #Select the ATI driver
5. Installing the new driver
Download the ATI driver installer:
https://support.ati.com/ics/support/def ... olderID=27
Change to the download directory (cd /path/to/directory). You might get some errors regarding dependencies during the installation. You can ignore them since they should be resolved when you run the upgrade step.
sudo apt-get install gcc-3.4 module-assistant build-essential fakeroot dh-make debconf
sudo sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.18.8-i386.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/breezy
sudo dpkg -i fglrx-control_8.18.8-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i fglrx-kernel-source_8.18.8-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.18.8-1_i386.deb
sudo apt-get -f upgrade
Now to compile the kernel driver:
sudo module-assistant prepare
sudo module-assistant update
sudo module-assistant a-i fglrx
Now to update your xorg.conf for fglrx (there are a variety of ways of doing this):
sudo aticonfig --initial
6. 64-bit users:
You have to downgrade to an older version of libdri.a due to an incompatilbity with the ATI drivers. Download here.
Change to download directory:
sudo cp /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/libdri.a libdri.a.old
sudo cp libdri.a /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/extensions/
If you wish to revert to any non-fglrx driver you will need to copy the libdri.a.old file back over the fglrx version.
All platforms: Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to restart your session.
Confirm that it worked
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: MOBILITY RADEON 9700 Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3.5395 (X4.3.0-8.18.8)
7. 64-bit users:
You may get this error message when you go to restart:
Duplicate symbol rol_long in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.o
Also defined in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libint10.a
You can fix this by editing your xorg.conf file and commenting out the libint10.a line:
sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# Load "int10"
Ctrl-X, Y, Enter to save.
cd /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/volatile
sudo cp ath_hal.ko ../madwifi