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    ATI driver installs

    Hello im new to Ubuntu...well Linux in general Ive always used windows but my friend suggested i try it out anyways im trying to install the most recent catalyst control center and driver for my ATI video card.

    It's a .run file but my computer keeps giving me this weird coding error in gedit,
    how to do fix it so i can install the driver so i can use all the graphical features of Ubuntu

    my computer is a laptop an Acer Extensa 4420
    AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core TK-57 at 1.9GHz
    3GB DDR2 single channel RAM at 315MHz
    and an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 embedded video card

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    dont use the ".run" file from nvidia, ubuntu already have the fine tuned drivers available with "synaptic"

    install xserver-xorg-video-radeon, then after reboot, check hardware driver (system admin) to see if the driver is well activated.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RadeonDriver

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRacerX View Post
    Hello im new to Ubuntu...well Linux in general Ive always used windows but my friend suggested i try it out anyways im trying to install the most recent catalyst control center and driver for my ATI video card.
    Don't -- it won't work with current Ubuntu versions and your video card. Only the open source drivers will work -- and those are installed by default.
    Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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    Re: ATI driver installs

    except for the fact those drivers arent working either my video card is not compatible or something is wrong with it.

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    also for some reason no matter what resolution or refresh frequency i wet my display too its still distorted in some way, either the screen wobbles up and down or it gets there weird fuzzy lines on the screen. Ive tried every resolution and frequency combination known to man. nothing fixes it

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRacerX View Post
    Hello im new to Ubuntu...well Linux in general Ive always used windows but my friend suggested i try it out anyways im trying to install the most recent catalyst control center and driver for my ATI video card.

    It's a .run file but my computer keeps giving me this weird coding error in gedit,
    how to do fix it so i can install the driver so i can use all the graphical features of Ubuntu
    Just a note of explanation about the gedit error that you see on the .run file: that file contains an initial unpacking script to decompress the remainder of the file. For that reason, most of the file is binary and gedit cannot make sense of it so gedit complains. If you would like to see the script then you can
    Code:
    head  -n 310 <the_.run_file_name>
    You might need to adjust the 310 a bit.
    my computer is a laptop an Acer Extensa 4420
    AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core TK-57 at 1.9GHz
    3GB DDR2 single channel RAM at 315MHz
    and an ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 embedded video card
    I did not look up the age of your video hardware and you did not say which Ubuntu release that you are using so I will say that there might be a compatibility problem between the .run file and your Ubuntu version. Ask your system
    Code:
    sh <the_.run_file_name> --listpkg
    and see if the two are compatible.

    quadproc

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    im running Ubuntu 9.10 32bit in a dual boot setup with Windows 7 Professional

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    Quote Originally Posted by quadproc View Post
    Just a note of explanation about the gedit error that you see on the .run file: that file contains an initial unpacking script to decompress the remainder of the file. For that reason, most of the file is binary and gedit cannot make sense of it so gedit complains. If you would like to see the script then you can
    Code:
    head  -n 310 <the_.run_file_name>
    You might need to adjust the 310 a bit.
    I did not look up the age of your video hardware and you did not say which Ubuntu release that you are using so I will say that there might be a compatibility problem between the .run file and your Ubuntu version. Ask your system
    Code:
    sh <the_.run_file_name> --listpkg
    and see if the two are compatible.

    quadproc
    i tried that it keeps giving me cannot find directory everytime i type that into Terminal

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRacerX View Post
    i tried that it keeps giving me cannot find directory everytime i type that into Terminal
    It sounds like you need to cd to the directory where the .run file is located. For example, if the .run file is located on your desktop, you could input
    Code:
    cd Desktop
    sh <the_ati_.run_file_name> --listpkg
    Of course, substitute the actual directory instead of Desktop, and substitute the actual run file name where I used <the_ati_.run_file_name>.

    quadproc

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    Re: ATI driver installs

    do i put the brackets before and after then file name as well? Sorry i was never good at computer programming and coding lol im a computer hardware geek, my software knowledge is pretty basic

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