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    At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Hello everyone, I recently built a budget system and decided to welcome Ubuntu as my Operating System. I have installed 12.04 and 12.10 at least ten times at this point. I feel that I have a decent grasp of how Ubuntu works now, from all of this work. My primary concern: AMD Catalyst Control.

    My hardware:
    Core i3 3220
    AsRock Pro3 Z75
    8GB DDR-1600 RAM
    XFX Radeon 7770 at 1095GHz

    I have attempted to install the drivers as per the Wiki, and even used methods such as this, getting the 13.1 beta onto the 3.4 kernel. Everything works fine for awhile until I begin getting system errors and am forced to purge the drivers or reinstall. Right now, I have the 13.1 beta drivers (which worked better and for longer than the released drivers). However, now I boot up to a black screen - sometimes with a cursor, sometimes with an X - that has a black border as if overscan is on again. It will boot up if I revert to a previous kernel, 3.5.2 (I believe), but the system is very unresponsive and a system error of amdccc (again, I believe) pops up.

    The whole thing is very annoying, as this has been going on for about a week. It runs for few reboots, and then the problems strike again. Is there anyone who can offer my some guidance or perhaps even a solution? I really don't want to fork my money over to Microsoft, as I really like what Ubuntu offers, but I truly hate the driver support, or at least how I am going about installing them. Thank you guys!

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    I don't think you needed to downgrade the Xserver, or installed a different kernel.
    The card you've listed should be supported for existing kernels and Xserver.
    The method of installation you've linked is for older cards, from the 4XXX series down, which aren't supported for the latest Xserver.

    Did you try installing the drivers from the Ubuntu(restricted) repos?
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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Hi seande,

    The last estable AMD video driver is 13.1
    The beta is 13.2

    This is how I do:
    -First full update Ubuntu, the last kernel is 3.5.0-25-generic.
    -Download AMD Catalyst 13.1 Propietary driver from: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx
    -Unzip video driver. A new file .run will be created.
    -Then click right botton on the file .run and click again on Properties.
    -You will open a new window. Then follow these steps:
    -Select the Permission tab and click on 'to allow execute the file as a program'
    -Now double click on the file .run and install.

    Works fine for me.

    Please mind that Im spanish and this is a traslation

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Ximaceo View Post
    Hi seande,

    The last estable AMD video driver is 13.1
    The beta is 13.2

    This is how I do:
    -First full update Ubuntu, the last kernel is 3.5.0-25-generic.
    -Download AMD Catalyst 13.1 Propietary driver from: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx
    -Unzip video driver. A new file .run will be created.
    -Then click right botton on the file .run and click again on Properties.
    -You will open a new window. Then follow these steps:
    -Select the Permission tab and click on 'to allow execute the file as a program'
    -Now double click on the file .run and install.

    Works fine for me.

    Please mind that Im spanish and this is a traslation
    Okay, so far it seems to work. However, I have a previous version of fglrx. How do I remove that? I attempted:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge fglrx*
    and the terminal said it could not find any packages.
    I also uninstalled amdccc via synaptic package manager, wheter or not that was a good idea, I don't know. Tips?
    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    I don't think you needed to downgrade the Xserver, or installed a different kernel.
    The card you've listed should be supported for existing kernels and Xserver.
    The method of installation you've linked is for older cards, from the 4XXX series down, which aren't supported for the latest Xserver.

    Did you try installing the drivers from the Ubuntu(restricted) repos?
    No, I do not believe I have tried that method yet either. How does that work?

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Ximaceo View Post
    Hi seande,

    The last estable AMD video driver is 13.1
    The beta is 13.2

    This is how I do:
    -First full update Ubuntu, the last kernel is 3.5.0-25-generic.
    -Download AMD Catalyst 13.1 Propietary driver from: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx
    -Unzip video driver. A new file .run will be created.
    -Then click right botton on the file .run and click again on Properties.
    -You will open a new window. Then follow these steps:
    -Select the Permission tab and click on 'to allow execute the file as a program'
    -Now double click on the file .run and install.

    Works fine for me.

    Please mind that Im spanish and this is a traslation
    Thank you very much! This also worked for me so your translation is obviously quite good! Note that I had to:

    1. Choose the option to run in terminal (not just run) when I double-clicked, since it must be run as super user, and that way I am asked for the password at the appropriate time.
    2. I had to remove the Additional Drivers for I had already installed via the System Settings (there's an icon in the Unity launcher for that by default, but it can also be found by a seach in Dash home). I've added an image below.
    3. I also had to remove some stuff I had already tried with the wiki, using the command in the quote below.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge fglrx*
    An error message was returned, but apparently it worked anyway.

    EDIT: Forgot to mention, this is for an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series (5430) in an Arctic MC-001 with Precise Pangolin 12.04.
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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by seande View Post
    Okay, so far it seems to work. However, I have a previous version of fglrx. How do I remove that? I attempted:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge fglrx*
    and the terminal said it could not find any packages.
    I also uninstalled amdccc via synaptic package manager, wheter or not that was a good idea, I don't know. Tips?

    No, I do not believe I have tried that method yet either. How does that work?
    Sorry, but I am a new user in Ubuntu. I don't know how to remove the previous version of fglrx.

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    I eventually reinstalled, as I figured the automation would be easier than fixing what I broke. So far it's installed and seems to be working. No crashes yet either. Hoping it all goes well. Why did nothing I search for turn up something this easy? You have no idea how much I appreciate this. Thank you so much!

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by seande View Post
    I eventually reinstalled, as I figured the automation would be easier than fixing what I broke. So far it's installed and seems to be working. No crashes yet either. Hoping it all goes well. Why did nothing I search for turn up something this easy? You have no idea how much I appreciate this. Thank you so much!
    You're welcome.

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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by seande View Post
    I eventually reinstalled, as I figured the automation would be easier than fixing what I broke. ...
    Been there! Done that! I think it's probably not very hard to figure out how to undo stuff that has been done and may not have worked as intended, such as the "purge" command I showed above, but for new users it's frequently more reassuring to just start over, since installing and updating from scratch only takes about an hour (including udpdates).

    ... You have no idea how much I appreciate this. Thank you so much!
    I know how much you appreciate it, believe me, so many thanks our Spanish speaking friend and colleague, and thanks also to you for posting the thread, since your quest proved to solve my problem as well!

    One thing to be careful about is how old some articles are. Sometimes, you'll find troubleshooting tips that have nothing to do with current releases, so try to find a date on anything you use, and ignore anything prior to 12.04 (the most recent LTS version using Unity) unless you have figured out why it might work. In the case of that earlier solution you posted a link for (http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410...0354325873942/), that person was using an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series card, and those are no longer supported, which is why he was downgrading his system from the kernel version and the latest xorg-xserver version.
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    Re: At Wits' End - AMD Catalyst Control Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Kixtosh View Post
    I know how much you appreciate it, believe me, so many thanks our Spanish speaking friend and colleague, and thanks also to you for posting the thread, since your quest proved to solve my problem as well!
    Im happy for you too Kixtosh

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