Ubuntu – ATI Catalyst Control Center gives error (Radeon HD 6470M)


IMPORTANT NOTE: Radeon HD 6xxx cards are not currently supported. To avoid a wrong purchase (like I did) be aware of this. Also read Switchable_Graphic_Chips_Warning.

The issue is summarized in the subject of this post, when on my laptop I click System > Preferences ATI Catalyst Control Center I get this message:

Initialization error:

There was a problem initializing Catalyst Control Center Linux edition.
It could be caused by the following.

No ATI graphics driver is installed, or the ATI driver is not functioning
properly. Please install the ATI driver appropriate for you ATI hardware,
or configure using aticonfig.

Some detail about environment:

$ lspci -nn | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]:
Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics 
Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]:
ATI Technologies Inc NI Seymour [AMD Radeon HD 6470M] [1002:6760]

Installed packages:

ii  fglrx                     2:8.840-0ubuntu4
ii  fglrx-amdcccle            2:8.840-0ubuntu4
ii  xserver-xorg-video-radeon 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu4

I have installed ATI proprietary driver using "Additional Drivers" and Jockey says that the driver is activated and currently in use. After driver installation I'm able to use a resolution of 1366×768. I'm using classic interface (no Unity).

Additional info/oddities:

$ glxgears 
Segmentation fault

Hardware excerpts:

description: Notebook
product: HP Pavilion dv6 dv6-6008el Notebook PC
width: 64 bits
cpu: 4 x Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM CPU @ 2.00GHz

Please, let me know if I can provide further details to solve the issue.


Best Answer

sudo apt-get remove fglrx 

then for newest ati driver:

wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run

If you have a 64 bit system, then install this before anything:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Once dowloaded right-click the .run file and set it to run as executable.


cd /path_of_the_file       

This is for 32 bit only:

sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run

This is for 64 bit only:

sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty

sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb

Once it's done.

  sudo aticonfig --initial -f

that's all you have to do.

Alternatively you can add this ppa.

   sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get install fglrx