Install AMD ATI Drivers in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint

By Umair Sunday, January 27, 2013

AMD has released the Catalyst 13.1 driver for Linux systems recently bringing some improvements and bug fixes. This driver is based on the fglrx release and it improves support for Ubuntu 12.10/12.04. In this tutorial, we will as usual help you install the AMD Catalyst 13.1 driver under Ubuntu/Linux Mint systems.

Resolved Issues:
This section provides information on resolved known issues in this release of the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite.
  • Driver release version is added to GL_VERSION
  • Bblank VGA display after resume from suspend
  • X crash for AMD PowerXpress™ A+I High-Performance mode on Ubuntu 12.10
  • Performance of Valve Linux games
  • Segmentation fault when exit QtOpenGL applications such as AMD CodeXL
  • Xserver getting exit upon resume from suspend on RHEL 5.8
  • VariBright not working when change AMD PowerPlay™ settings in AMD Catalust Control Center:LE
  • VariBright doesn’t work after resume from suspend on "Trinity" platform
  • Flickering cursor when run some full-screen OpenGL games with CrossFire enabled
  • OpenGL performance on "Southern Islands" ASICs
  • 16 re-frames doesn’t work for H.264 @Level 5.1
  • Corruption when resize the Konsole window
  • One display goes black after changing from multi-display desktop from single independent
Known Issues:
The following section provides a summary of open issues that may be experienced with the AMD Catalyst Linux software suite.
  • Tearing appears at the top/left corner with monitor rotation + Vsync is enabled
  • Corruption may be experienced when running Unigine Tropics 1.3
  • OpenGL Bitmap performance may be impacted in certain situations

AMD Catalyst 13.1 Driver Installation

Uninstall first the old driver with the following commands:
sudo sh /usr/share/ati/
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx

To install Catalyst 13.1 on Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10/Linux Mint 14/13/12 or older, open the terminal and run the following commands (for both i386 & amd64 platforms):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer

If you want to uninstall Drivers enter these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
Finally, reboot your system to get this driver working.

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11 comments to ''Install AMD ATI Drivers in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint"

  1. sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer <<<< doesn't work

  2. Yep, doesn't work. Such a deb installer doesn't exists.

  3. sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer <<<< doesn't work

  4. Instead of sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer

    Do, sudo apt-get install fglrx

    Installing I don't know if completely worked yet. But picked up the PPA:

  5. The correct command to install the driver is:

    sudo apt-get install fglrx

  6. Media change: please insert the disc labeled

    'Ubuntu 13.04 _Raring Ringtail_ - Alpha amd64 (20130326)'

    in the drive '/media/cdrom/' and press enter

  7. sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer does NOT work. Please update your posting.
    sudo apt-get install fglrx works but installs version 12.10.17-130226a-153832E-ATI not 13.1.
    Bluetooth Mouse is still unresponsive/laggy after installing this new version.

  8. 7th place I visit to try to find a recipe for ATi/amd drivers under linux, 7th place that fails. How can people still praise this system when you can't even do something as basic as installing driver without having an engineering degree?

  9. apt-get install fglrx

  10. format c:/s >>>>> WORKING <<<<<<<<

  11. All wrong when u add xorg-edgers ppa first thing u have to do is "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade" the reboot and then sudo apt-get install fglrx thats all