Ubuntu: How to setup a Radeon 4000+?


I am really adamant to get Linux running all my games, and I want to make the move to Ubuntu. However, due to the lack of Driver support for both sound and Graphics Cards, I am stuck with Windows.... :(

I've tried to use the drivers provided here: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/legacy/Pages/legacy-radeon_linux.aspx

When I run it from root ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.run the driver does not install. And there is no update on my system info; saying that the driver was registered successfully.

If anyone here has actually done this on a 4000 series card, can you explain your step by step procedures. Or would it be fair to say that Linux is still not ready for gamers?

Thanks for any help anyone can give.


There are 4 ways that I can think of for installing/using the radeon driver:

  • Use the built-in open-source version of it (isn't too ideal for gaming though)
  • Use Ubuntu's built-in driver detection & installation tool: Jockey
  • Install the catalyst driver using the 3rd party installer (what you did)
  • Install the catalyst driver in the ubuntu repositories: fglrx

We'll first undo what you did in the 3rd method (very important to do this before anything else), so open a terminal, and run one of these commands (run the first, if it doesn't work, run the second, etc...):

  • sudo aticonfig --uninstall
  • sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.run --uninstall (cd to where that file is located first)
  • sudo sh /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh

Next, we'll try to use Jockey to install it:

sudo jockey-gtk  

Somewhere in the list, this text should appear:

ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver

Select that, then click Activate, and once it's done, reboot, and test it by running:


If it returns No command 'glxgears' or The program 'glxgears' is not installed (or similar), run this:

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils  

And then repeat the test. If everything goes fine, there should be a window with gears moving around, and in ~5 seconds, it should report the framerate.

Now if it doesn't work, we'll have to install it by hand:

sudo apt-get purge fglrx  sudo apt-get install fglrx  sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak  sudo aticonfig --initial  

Then reboot. Repeat the test that I listed above, and it should work.

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