How to install ATI Video Card Drivers for Linux / Ubuntu
For most of the linux distributions,
ATI Video Card Drivers are the hardest to get working, since it is
not normally included in the installation. Linux would still normally
work since it has a basic VESA driver installation but it would not
have any 3D effects, which is one of the things Linux users would
crave to have on their system.
With the 3D effects, changing
the desktop or the workspace, makes linux usage fun and exciting. To
have that, we need the drivers for the video card that allows 3D
For ATI Video cards, here are the steps to
follow to install the driver on linux.
1) Make sure that you
have updated your kernel to the latest version.
2) Go to this link
is where you can download any ATI Video Card driver. Make sure to
pick the right linux type because there are two items on the list to
choose from either Linux x86 or x86_64. The latter part is for 64 Bit
systems. Then choose your ATI Product Family like Radeon,
FirePro and so on. Then choose your product from the list and click
go. Download the latest driver with ATI catalyst onto a folder in
your hard drive.
3) You need to go to the terminal console. On
ubuntu it would be Terminal on mandriva it is KTerminal or whatever
terminal you are used to. Change to the directory of the download. (
e.g. "chdir /home/myusername/Downloads")
4) To run
the installation you need to be an administrator or a SuperUser.
There are a couple of ways to do it and it is dependent on what
distribution you are using. For ubuntu, kubuntu or any other
debian type linux distributions first you need to type in "sudo"
then the command or the name of the executable file or script. For
example for your ati driver: "sudo
./ati-driver-installer-10-4-x86.x86_64.run ". The press enter.
It may ask for a password, so you have to type it in.
other distributions, like mandriva or redhat, you need to be a
superuser or login as a super user in the terminal before you do the
command or run the executable. So you first type in "su"
then press enter. After that it would ask you for the password. Type
it in and then press enter. Then type the command or name of
executable like "./ati-driver-installer-10-4-x86.x86_64.run "
then press enter.
5) After you have run the installation you
will get the installation screen just make sure to just follow the
steps or normally keep clicking next.
6) When you are done
installing the driver make sure to restart the system.
Linux normally gets updates almost every week, which would
sometimes include an update of the kernel. When this happens, your
ati driver would not work on reboot. On some instances, you would
even just go to a black screen or it would crash and stop on the
splash screen at the start of the linux boot process. For you to
prevent this from happening make sure that you have a copy of the
driver you installed or better yet make sure that you have an updated
copy of the driver. If you are able to go into linux but found that
you do not have the 3D capability. Reinstall the driver again. If you
are not able to go to linux go to the repair option at the start of
the boot process. From there install the Driver. Then restart the
on May 10, 2010 | PC Desktops