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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    I believe 12.04.02 comes with X-server 1.13, as does 12.10.
    It's not simple to downgrade to X-server 1.12 and will carry lots of problems with it even if you do that.
    In 12.04.2, it is fairly easy to go back to the original 1.11.4 Xserver that 12.04 originally came with:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-lts-precise

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Temüjin View Post
    You should build .deb packages. If you need to remove the driver for some reason, that will make it a lot easier.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4 linux-headers-generic
    cd ~/
    wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
    sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
    sudo amdconfig --initial -f
    I am unable to get this coding to work. After the first line "sudo........cd ~/" is entered I get

    Reading package lists... DoneBuilding dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package cd
    E: Unable to locate package /home/matt

    Why is it so hard to find something that works for something that should be common to do?

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    cd ~/ is its own command. If it was part of the first command, it wouldn't be on the second line.
    Why is it so hard to find something that works for something that should be common to do?
    Copying/pasting should not be difficult..

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    OK, it didn't do anything when I tried them separate so I tried the two lines as one and got that.

    Now, this is what I am getting...

    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4 linux-headers-generic
    [sudo] password for matt:
    Sorry, try again.
    [sudo] password for matt:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    cdbs is already the newest version.
    dh-make is already the newest version.
    execstack is already the newest version.
    fakeroot is already the newest version.
    build-essential is already the newest version.
    dh-modaliases is already the newest version.
    dkms is already the newest version.
    libqtgui4 is already the newest version.
    linux-headers-generic is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    linux-headers-3.2.0-29 linux-headers-3.2.0-29-generic
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 360 not upgraded.
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ cd ~/
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/a...x86.x86_64.zip
    --2013-04-27 11:55:34-- http://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/a...x86.x86_64.zip
    Resolving www2.ati.com (www2.ati.com)... 12.120.114.146
    Connecting to www2.ati.com (www2.ati.com)|12.120.114.146|:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 106908508 (102M) [application/zip]
    Saving to: `amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip'


    100%[======================================>] 106,908,508 1.71M/s in 71s


    2013-04-27 11:56:50 (1.43 MB/s) - `amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip' saved [106908508/106908508]


    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    Archive: amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    inflating: amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.run
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
    ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip: 1: ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip: Syntax error: ";;" unexpected
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
    dpkg: error processing fglrx*.deb (--install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    fglrx*.deb
    matt@matt-NV52-Series:~$ sudo amdconfig --initial -f

    I do appreciate the help. Just after trying multiple things and it seems it's fighting me the whole it's getting frustrating. And, I'm getting tired of having to hard reset my laptop every time I go to use it because of the boot/sleep issue with the open source driver.

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    bump

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Temüjin View Post
    You should build .deb packages. If you need to remove the driver for some reason, that will make it a lot easier.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4 linux-headers-generic
    cd ~/
    wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
    sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
    sudo amdconfig --initial -f
    Sorry for opening an old thread but I was bumping my head against the wall with my HD3470 and Ubuntu 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10 the past MONTH or so. Finally, today I came across this post!! Thank you for this!!

    OP: I hope you got it sorted in the meantime and shame noone came back to the thread to help you. Temujin's code here is correct except for ONE line, which gave you the syntax error.

    So for anyone else that may come across this post in the future, the correct steps are:

    -Fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04.1 downloaded from http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04.1/
    -
    Code:
    X -version
    which should show you're on X.Org X Server 1.11.3, Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.42-26-generic i686 Ubuntu, Current Operating System: Linux [your machine name here] 3.2.0-29-generic-pae #46-Ubuntu
    -manually download the AMD 13,1 legacy driver from http://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/a...x86.x86_64.zip (it should save to your home/[your username]/Downloads directory) I advise this step so you can always find the original .zip and .deb file for just incase.

    Now it's time to build the .deb package as Temujin suggested...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4 linux-headers-generic
    cd /home/[your username here]/Downloads
    unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
    chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.run
    THIS IS THE LINE OF CODE THAT IS WRONG SO DO NOT USE THIS:
    Code:
    sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
    REPLACE ABOVE CODE WITH:
    Code:
    sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
    Because the wrong line of code is commanding an execute of the .zip file and not the .run file. You want to execute the .run file.
    After that, the rest of the codes are correct:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb
    sudo amdconfig --initial -f
    And now, reboot your pc.
    Yes, you will have to be VERY carefull which updates you install after installing the Legacy driver as any X-server version above 1.12 and any kernel version above 3.4 are not supported. Perhaps there is a way to upgrade X-server to 1.12 and the kernel version to 3.4 and then HOLD both of them so they don't get updated anymore?

    Anyhow, hope anyone else in need of these instructions finds them in time
    Last edited by Arpage; February 20th, 2014 at 03:38 AM.

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    Re: Installing AMD Legacy Drivers on 12.04 LTS

    Yeah, copy/paste error. Good catch.

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