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Georgiou
July 22nd, 2008, 08:25 PM
problem:
Can't activate my radion 2900xt. i download the correct driver off ati's web site, but when i attempted to execute in Ubuntu, gedit open and say can't read the coding??:confused:

http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux64/linux64-radeon.html

if anyone can help it would be appreciated

soxs
July 22nd, 2008, 09:57 PM
sudo chmod 755 -vf /where/your/ati/driver/is/ati_blah.run
This will allow you to execute your code

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 05:56 AM
sudo chmod 755 -vf /where/your/ati/driver/is/ati_blah.run
This will allow you to execute your code

sorry i'm and absolute beginner. i pasted this code in a terminal and this is the out put.(see below)

xxxxxx@linex:~$ sudo chmod 755 -vf /where/your/ati/driver/is/ati_blah.run
[sudo] password for stephen:
chmod: cannot access `/where/your/ati/driver/is/ati_blah.run': No such file or directory
failed to change mode of `/where/your/ati/driver/is/ati_blah.run' to 0000 (---------)

(I'm assuming that doing something wrong. where exactly do i enter this code?)

THX

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 06:06 AM
However, how do get the root directory address. The Ati driver is on my desktop?

i think i know what you mean.
within a terminal i past something like.....

sudo chmod 755 -vf ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run??

kajillin
July 23rd, 2008, 06:24 AM
right click the ati.run go to properties click the permissions tab, there is a check box that says execute, check it. the file is now an executable

and when people say stuff like "sudo chmod 755 -vf ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run" in the forums they usually expect u to know to put your files location eg.. /home/georg/desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run in the line which they usually dont tell you same goes for most tutorials youll find on the site or the internet. this is why you get the "no such file or directory" error because u need to specify the file location within the line. an easier way to find your exact file location is to switch to the show location as text in nautilus. its the little pencil on paper in your file browser beside the "address bar", or just right click the file got to properties and the files location will be listed.

hope that made sense

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 08:46 AM
Hi kajillin
i was able to make the ati driver file executable. When executing, i see the ati driver going through the extracting process. It reaches a point where a window pops up saying"You need to run this installer as the Super-user" any ideas how to do this??

now regarding the terminal input of

xxxxxx@linex:~$ sudo chmod 755 -vf /home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run

the out put i get is

mode of `/home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run' retained as 0755 (rwxr-xr-x)
(^^not sure what the above means??)

Is it necessary i do both the terminal and the desktop way?

thanks

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 09:37 AM
I'm assuming that the command “sudo” gives me the superuser authority. If this true I feel that I might be entering the directory wrongly...

ie (this what I have, maybe I missing a space or dash or something)
xxxxxx@linex:~$ sudo chmod 755 -vf /home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run

soxs
July 23rd, 2008, 10:56 AM
I'm assuming that the command “sudo” gives me the superuser authority. If this true I feel that I might be entering the directory wrongly...

ie (this what I have, maybe I missing a space or dash or something)
xxxxxx@linex:~$ sudo chmod 755 -vf /home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run
Yes, you get superuserricgths for that single command.
For useing linux properly, you will have to know certain comands: like cd, ls, cp, rm, chmod, chown, sh ./programname(tu execute files). Type "man %command%" (replace %command% with one of the list above) to get more info on parameters and howto use.

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 03:45 PM
Yes, you get superuserricgths for that single command.
For useing linux properly, you will have to know certain comands: like cd, ls, cp, rm, chmod, chown, sh ./programname(tu execute files). Type "man %command%" (replace %command% with one of the list above) to get more info on parameters and howto use.

i appreciate your advice, the exact definitions of the commands are a bit complex at the moment. It will take about week or 2 to research and implement.

However, i am unable to execute my ati driver "ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run" using the "sudo chmod 755 -vf" at the start. If you could tell me specifically what to type in it would be much appreciated.

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 06:41 PM
please help.............

This is as far as i can get. i know i have the right root directory but the problem is i can't run as super user???

stephen@linex:~$ /home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run
Created directory fglrx-install.mu9106
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing ATI Proprietary Linux Driver-8.512............................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. ...............................................
==================================================
ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager
==================================================
Detected configuration:
Architecture: x86_64 (64-bit)
X Server: X.Org 7.1 and later releases 64-bit
Removing temporary directory: fglrx-install.mu9106

soxs
July 23rd, 2008, 06:54 PM
Did you allready install the build dependencies?
If not post (as is):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
afterwards make shure the driver is executable:

cd ~/Desktop/
chmod 755 -vf ./ati press tab to komplete the name

run the driver in terminal with su rigths it requires:


cd ~/Desktop/
sudo sh ./ati press tab to komplete the name


further steps can be obtained from http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php?title=Ubuntu_Hardy_Installation_Guide (METHOD 2)

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 07:00 PM
Finally installed:

it was simple
1. open terminal
2. type sudo(and your paste your root directory of the installation file)

ie: sudo /home/stephen/Desktop/ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run

however,its not over......](*,)
the ati driver isn't working. i get the following message when attempting to open catalyst control center

(there was a problem initizing catalyst control center linux. it could be caused by the following.
-No Ati driver installed, or the ATI driver is not functioning properly
-Please install the ati driver appropriate for ur hardware, or configure using aticonfig)

any ideas?

Extra info
-i have the latest version of Ubuntu (the 64bit version)
-graphics card is hd 2900xt
-obtain the driver from (link bellow)
http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/l...64-radeon.html

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 07:15 PM
sox, should i uninstall and start again and do it your way. i was typing when u posted your comments. lol

Georgiou
July 23rd, 2008, 07:43 PM
Did you allready install the build dependencies?
If not post (as is):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
afterwards make shure the driver is executable:

cd ~/Desktop/
chmod 755 -vf ./ati press tab to komplete the name

run the driver in terminal with su rigths it requires:


cd ~/Desktop/
sudo sh ./ati press tab to komplete the name


further steps can be obtained from http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php?title=Ubuntu_Hardy_Installation_Guide (METHOD 2)

ok
1. i installed those updates for the build dependencies.
2.next installed ati driver. "(yes with superuser rights executes and installs)

Results: Ati driver not installed properly

..extra info for possible solution........
during the installation process i am given the following options.

option 1. Install driver 8.512 on X.Org 7.1 and later release 64 bit

option 2. Generate distribution specific driver package

should try the generic driver???

soxs
July 23rd, 2008, 07:57 PM
Didi you tryy to follow method 2 of the link I posted?

Short explenation of changedirectory aka cd:
cd ../ changes into a dir of higher level
cd ./ changes into the current dir, read: does nothing
cd folderx changes into folder <folderx>.
eg. if you are currently in /home
cd stephen changes your working dir into /home/stephen
you can change multiple dirs at once
being in /home
and typing ./stephen/Desktop
will change to /home/stephen/Desktop
cd /home/stephen/Desktop does the same
now you can work in that directory
like executing your ati driver:
sudo sh ./ati.blah.blah.blah.run


How I got the drivers to work is:

sudo apt-get install dkms
cd /blah.blah. (you know how to change dir now)
sudo apt-get install envng-gtk #use this tool to remove the ati driver
sudo sh ./ati.... --buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/hardy
This will create driver packages and in case everything goes fine, it will install them.
If you've done that, plx post the copied configfile your currently using, which will be copied to your desktop with this command(s):
sudo cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf > ~/Deskktop/xorg.conf.txt; sudo chmod 755 ~/Desktop/xorg.conf.txt
I will adjust this for you as far as I can, so you won't run into black/whitescreens(unless there are further problems.)

if you run accross any errors, plx post again.

Georgiou
July 24th, 2008, 03:46 AM
i will deficiently give this a go tonight after i come home from uni. However, before i attempt this, should i uninstall the
"non-working" driver and if so how? thx

soxs
July 24th, 2008, 10:51 AM
Yes you should. Try to remove them with envyng-gtk. And if you are sur to install the latest fglrx driver (8.6 or 8.7) I would suggest you to remove the following things:
DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, but it worked for me more than one time:

sudo rm -Rvf /var/lib/dkms/fglrx

sudo updatedb;locate fglrx.ko
remove any fglrx.ko you can find, with:

sudo rm -vf /path/to/fglrx.ko

Georgiou
July 25th, 2008, 06:46 PM
I stuffed up something socking. I couldn't even boot into Ubuntu and had to reinstall and start fresh.
1.I executed the ati driver file on my desktop (ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run)
2.chose the option :- Generate distribution specific driver package
3.chose something like red hat 64...
4.seemed to have install, as catylse was working. However when I went to change the visual effects to Normal. A window popped up saying: "do you want to replace so and so with the new package". I pressed replace everything. Then I rebooted as it ask me too and.....well just a black screen. .........So I reinstalled
I also installed ennyng and uninstalled the drivers................

ok so now I have a fresh copy of Ubuntu with all the automatic updates

so what should I do 1st please correct me if I'm wrong:

step 1: Download the 64 bit driver for my 2900xt from the ati website and save to desktop
step 2: install the build dependencies by
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
step 3: make sure the file is excutable (ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run)
install the drivers......dont know what option to choice........Options are....

option 1. Install driver 8.512 on X.Org 7.1 and later release 64 bit

option 2. Generate distribution specific driver package





How I got the drivers to work is:
Code:
sudo apt-get install dkms
cd /blah.blah. (you know how to change dir now)
since its a freah install I dont need to remove drivers using envyng
sudo sh ./ati.... --buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/hardy

in regard to the above coding should I just attempt to use this if im installing for the first time?
If so the only thing I dont understand is the final line

“sudo sh ./ati.... --buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/hardy”

or should I just use enyng to install the drivers.....


I feel I might be overlapping steps could u please clarify. So I can give this anther shot thanks

Georgiou
July 25th, 2008, 08:00 PM
ok this what ive done so far............

sg@ubn:~$ sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for sg:
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security Release.gpg
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com hardy-security/main Translation-en_AU
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Hit http://au.archive.ubuntu.com hardy-updates/multiverse Sources
Reading package lists... Done
sg@ubn:~$ sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
debconf is already the newest version.
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sg@ubn:~$ sh ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy
sh: Can't open ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run
sg@ubn:~$ sh ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy
sh: Can't open ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run
sg@ubn:~$ sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy
sh: Can't open ati-driver-installer-8-7-x86.x86_64.run
sg@ubn:~$
(what am i doing wrong here)

markbuntu
July 26th, 2008, 03:34 AM
Follow the directions here VERY CAREFULLY:

http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Hardy_Installation_Guide

It has just been updated for the 8.7 driver. There are special instructions for the amd64. Read them through before you do anything.

These guys have never let me down. I have been following this guide since 8.4 and it works for both my 32 and 64 bit installs.

Georgiou
July 27th, 2008, 11:23 AM
i give up this is just to hard and I've wasted too much time. I'm going back to windows for a while.............:(

soxs
July 29th, 2008, 09:23 AM
i give up this is just to hard and I've wasted too much time. I'm going back to windows for a while.............:(

Did you cachnege via cd ~/Desktop to your Desktop where the installer should be?

Did you make it executable (after changing dir) via
chmod 755 -vf ./ati..