Install AMD APU Proprietary Drivers on Ubuntu Linux

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The A-Series APU’s from AMD integrate a powerful entry-level GPU and offer excellent performance and power saving balance. The default open source driver on Linux however are not ideal and proprietary driver offered by Ubuntu are a little outdated. To get the best performance and reduce possible bugs it’s a good idea to install the latest AMD Drivers for Linux.

 

Update the package list.

sudo apt-get update

 

Install required dependencies.

sudo apt-get install execstack debhelper dh-modaliases

Note that the installation may fail due to other missing dependencies in that case /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log should have more information.

 

Download AMD Catalyst 64-bit Drivers for Linux and place it in a convenient location on the target system.

 

Extract the archive.

unzip amd-catalyst-14-9-linux-x86-x86-64.zip

 

Execute the installation file.

sudo sh fglrx-14.301.1001/amd-driver-installer-14.301.1001-x86.x86_64.run

 

Choose Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package (Recommended). Select Exit and then Accept the licence agreement. Finally select Install to begin the generation of the package. This process may take a considerable amount of time. When asked Do you want to install the generated package? select Yes.

 

After a successful installation configure the driver.

sudo /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial

 

Reboot for the changes to take effect.

sudo reboot

 

Quick Reference

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install execstack debhelper dh-modaliases

Download AMD Catalyst 64-bit Drivers for Linux and place it in a convenient location on the target system.

unzip amd-catalyst-14-9-linux-x86-x86-64.zip
sudo apt-get install execstack debhelper dh-modaliases
sudo sh fglrx-14.301.1001/amd-driver-installer-14.301.1001-x86.x86_64.run
sudo /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial
sudo reboot