AMD Catalyst 12.8 Released – Install Guide

Actually the Catalyst driver was released yesterday (15/8/12) but the official link was broken, although many users find out the mispelling and download the driver without problem — currently the link is fixed. Click to download the drivers for 64/32 bit (the package contains both the 32-bit and 64-bit driver.).

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The easy way: Xorg-Edgers PPA for Catalyst

Do you want to install a PPA once, then stay back and relax for life? If so, then follow the easy path that most Ubuntu users do. Xorg-Edgers offers you bleeding-edge drivers directly from upstream git, but in case of AMD Catalyst they always provide the latest stable AMD release, since AMD is not giving beta drivers in public (in contrast to NVIDIA). If you go to Xorg-Edgers Lauchpad profile, you will see the 2:8.980-0ubuntu1~xedgers~precise1 is already available. Additionall, these guys are so crazy that they eve provide the driver for the Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 release via fglrx 2:8.980-0ubuntu1~xedgers~quantal1.

Anyway, add the PPA into your source and update/upgrade your packages. If you had already add Xorg-Edgers into your Ubuntu, there is no need to do it again. Just update your system and reboot.

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# Add Xorg-Edgers PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer


In case you want to upgrade Ubuntu up to a new version (eg from Ubuntu 12.04 upgrade into Ubuntu 12.10) you have to remove this PPA or strange things will happen and maybe render unstable the whole system. So before you upgrade to the newer Ubuntu distro, please act wise and remove it..
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sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

### Remove Xorg-Edgers PPA ###
sudo ppa-purge ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa


So far, we have covered the easy method and now you should be able to install and remove them properly. Pay attention that in case you want to upgrade your Ubuntu distro to the new one, make sure you have the PPA purged!!! You can stop reading now and reboot your PC. Have fun!

The hard (manual) way

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#First install of AMD Catalyst

#prerequisite packages#
sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms
sudo apt-get install execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4

# If you are 64 bit, install these too
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-libs-multiarch:i386
sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1 libc6-i386
cd /usr ; sudo ln -svT lib /usr/lib64

# Go into your Downloads folder (I suppose you have already download the driver)
cd Downloads

# Make the package executable
chmod +x

# Create and install deb packages
sudo sh ./ --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb

# Enable new settings
sudo aticonfig --initial -f

# Reboot you PC


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# eg Upgrade from AMD Catalyst 12.6 to 12.8

# Go into your Downloads folder (I suppose you have already download the driver)
cd Downloads

# Make the package executable
chmod +x

# Create deb packages
sudo sh ./ --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise

# Force overwrite the older packages with the new ones
sudo dpkg --force-overwrite -i *.deb

# Reboot you PC

If want to unistall them

sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*


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          1. Right now I m using intel. I diasabled the ati using switcheroo and everything runs ok now. I m not messing with it until Steam’s linux client is out!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


  1. THANKS SO MUCH! The PPA option was a bit scary so I avoided that, especially after reading xorg-edgers own summary of their PPA. But I followed the instructions to install the driver the “hard” way and it was not so hard. Pity I could not find these instructions on ATI’s site at all, so was really scratching my head when simply running the .run file didn’t work. At last I have Radeon HD 7700M (ATI Device 682f) working on Ubuntu!


  2. Hey I just installed catalyst 12.8 in my laptop and everything went fine until I tried to login. Once I loged in docky crashed unexpectedly, unity wasn’t showing at all and there wasn’t even a top bar or any indicators of any kind showing up. The strange thing is that it will let me login if I do so using the “ubuntu 2d” option before login.


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