Ubuntu – How to fix the installation of ATI Catalyst Video Driver in 12.04 LTS?

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My graphic card is a Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series.
I tried the 2 answers from What is the correct way to install ATI Catalyst Video Drivers (fglrx) ?

But unfortunately, it does not work for my Mobility Radeon HD 4200

when I raised this question in May 2012, there was only 2 answers to Stephen Myall's question, since then many answers have been added to his post, it is the master post about this subject

Best Answer

Update of the solution (18 nov 2012)

because new drivers are available in ATI website. Solution in 12.04LTS is then:

Uninstall ATI driver

$ sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh --force   (if file is existing)
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*

Install free driver

$ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 xserver-xorg-core
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg


$ sudo reboot

Download ATI driver

Check what is your Graphic Card: lspci -v | grep -A 12 VGA

Download the appropriate driver for your machine here from the AMD/ATI Website .
File should be something like amd-driver-installer-12.6-legacy-x86.x86_64.run

If you are looking for old driver 12.6, today (Jan 2015) it is not available anymore in AMD website. Solution is to to search it in mirror websites.

Create a folder

$ mkdir ~/catalyst12.6/
$ cd ~/catalyst12.6/

And move your downloaded driver in it. Unzip it if needed.

$ unzip amd-driver-installer-12.6-legacy-x86.x86_64.zip

Install ATI driver

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4
$ sudo chmod +x amd-driver-installer-12.6-legacy-x86.x86_64.run
$ sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-12.6-legacy-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/`lsb_release -sc`
$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
$ sudo amdconfig --initial -f

Reboot and Check if installation is successful

$ sudo reboot
$ sudo fglrxinfo
   display: :0  screen: 0
   OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
   OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 4200 Series 
   OpenGL version string: 3.3.11653 Compatibility Profile Context

It is all good, as you can see, after last reboot, fglrxinfo displays my ATI Graphic card correctly.


I found this solution thanks to Pavel and his link


I applied successfuly this solution on 3 PCs on 12.04LTS :
- one with a ATI Radeon HD 3400
- one with a ATI Radeon HD 4200
- one with a ATI Radeon HD 4350

Successfully on hybrid ATi Radeon HD 5650/Intel with driver version 12.10, Precise Pangolin 12.04.02 with configuration in BIOS select 'discrete' graphic. (Acer aspire 4745G)