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  1. #11
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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by mwolfe View Post
    Personally, I had tried to install fglrx-updates by command line and afterwards compiz didn't load so when I logged in I had no unity bar or window borders. Turns out you need linux-headers-generic as well.

    This is all you need to do:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic fglrx-updates

    If you've already installed some combination of the driver you can try installing linux-headers-generic and see if that fixes the issue. If not, uninstall everything like this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    And then run the command above, reboot, and it should work. Note that I tried restarting lightdm after installing the driver and it didn't work right, I had to do a full reboot for it to work.
    This is what worked for me

    Removed previous fglrx failed attempt
    Code:
     sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    Then installing linux-source (not sure if this step is needed but it's what I did)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-source
    Then install linux-headers-generic
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    And finally install fglrx-updates
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates
    And restart
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    I think you can put all the apt-get commands into one but I like to do separately so can keep an eye on em.

  2. #12
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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by RedeyeJedi View Post
    This is what worked for me

    Removed previous fglrx failed attempt
    Code:
     sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    Then installing linux-source (not sure if this step is needed but it's what I did)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-source
    Then install linux-headers-generic
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    And finally install fglrx-updates
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates
    And restart
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    I think you can put all the apt-get commands into one but I like to do separately so can keep an eye on em.
    Tried it... Even with a clean install... But still not working Anyway, thanks for the help

  3. #13
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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by THPubs View Post
    Tried it... Even with a clean install... But still not working Anyway, thanks for the help
    I'm having similar problems.
    AMD here too.
    I did an upgrade from 12.04 and experienced the EXACT same issues,
    Got fed up and did a clean install of 12.10
    all went well, by that I mean all the window borders were there and unity too
    except now I cant activate proprietary drivers. (i really want my wiggly windows. Im assuming the lack of that option in compiz is because of the lack of the proprietary driver lol)
    I tried the above commands and now im back to having no window borders or unity. sad is life.

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by RedeyeJedi View Post
    This is what worked for me

    Removed previous fglrx failed attempt
    Code:
     sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
    Then installing linux-source (not sure if this step is needed but it's what I did)
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-source
    Then install linux-headers-generic
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    And finally install fglrx-updates
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates
    And restart
    Code:
    sudo reboot
    I think you can put all the apt-get commands into one but I like to do separately so can keep an eye on em.
    Yes, this has worked for me too.

    It might seem like a crazy suggestion but if fglrx-updates requires linux-headers-generic and linux-source shouldn't they be dependencies and therefore automatically installed when using apt / synaptic / etc ?

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    You have to install linux-headers with output from uname -r

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by Linuxisfast View Post
    You have to install linux-headers with output from uname -r
    Yes I installed the right headers

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    Lightbulb Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Hi,

    It seems that "older" generations of AMD chipsets (2000 to 4000 series) are no longer supported in the latest generation of drivers. If you have such a chipset you will need the legacy FGLRX drivers. Unfortunately the legacy drivers are not compatible with the new Xorg 1.13 which comes with Ubuntu 12.10. So you will need to downgrade to 1.12 of Xorg.

    The good news is that someone set up a PPA for this purpose:
    ppa:makson96/fglrx

    You just need to install fglrx-legacy and fglrx-amdcccle-legacy.

    More info to be found on this post.

    My unity is now working fine

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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by YannB View Post
    Hi,

    It seems that "older" generations of AMD chipsets (2000 to 4000 series) are no longer supported in the latest generation of drivers. If you have such a chipset you will need the legacy FGLRX drivers. Unfortunately the legacy drivers are not compatible with the new Xorg 1.13 which comes with Ubuntu 12.10. So you will need to downgrade to 1.12 of Xorg.

    The good news is that someone set up a PPA for this purpose:
    ppa:makson96/fglrx

    You just need to install fglrx-legacy and fglrx-amdcccle-legacy.

    More info to be found on this post.

    My unity is now working fine
    I have a 6000 series card

  9. #19
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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    Quote Originally Posted by dik23 View Post
    Yes, this has worked for me too.

    It might seem like a crazy suggestion but if fglrx-updates requires linux-headers-generic and linux-source shouldn't they be dependencies and therefore automatically installed when using apt / synaptic / etc ?
    Also worked for me. I'm not sure which part worked for me. I already had the latest headers installed so it was either "linux-source" or the "fglrx-updates" as previously i'd always tried the simpler sounding "fglrx" package after issues with the updates package in 12.04.

    Anyway one or the other worked for me using a ATI 5870 on a clean 12.10 install.

    It's solved my jet engined gpu fan sound effects and makes general performance seem more fluid.

  10. #20
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    Re: Can't install ATI proprietary drivers in 12.10. Unity is Missing

    im using ant ati HD3000 chipset on a biostar A780L3G mobo. does that mean i need to downgrade xrg too?

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