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 AMD Catalyst™ Graphics Driver Installer Notes for Linux® Operating System

Last Updates: 2/25/2014
Article Number: GPU-600

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The AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver installer provides two modes of installation. The Install Driver option provides a simple driver installation process, and the Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package provides a simple way to generate a package for your distribution.

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NOTE: To successfully install the AMD Catalyst™ proprietary driver, you should uninstall any third party graphics driver such as NVIDIA proprietary graphics driver for Linux® currently on your system.

NOTE: AMD recommends you uninstall the AMD Catalyst™ proprietary driver for Linux® before installing a newer version.

NOTE: The End User License Agreement for the AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver must be read and agreed prior to the installation of the driver.

Compatible Operating Systems

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Minimum System Requirements

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System Recommendations

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Uninstalling the AMD Catalyst™ Proprietary Driver

NOTE: This document uses "amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run" as a generic reference to the AMD install file. You will need to replace the generic reference with the actual AMD Catalyst for Linux install file you wish to execute (e.g. amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13-4-x86.x86_64.run for Catalyst 13.4).

  1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window.
  2. With superuser permissions, enter the command "sudo aticonfig --uninstall". Alternatively, uninstall can be launched with superuser permissions using the following commands as well: 
    sudo sh amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run --uninstall  OR
    sudo sh /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh
  3. If the above command is not supported, then an error message "Uninstaller for AMD Catalyst ™ Proprietary driver, /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh, does not exist or cannot be found" is displayed.

    Use that operating system's package management (RPM, APT, etc.) software to remove the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver.

    In order to restore the system to the previous state before the last installation, the original configuration file needs to be restored manually. Without that, Xorg may fail to start properly after uninstalling the driver and rebooting the system.
    To restore the original Xorg configuration file:
    Locate backup configuration files:
    ls /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original-*
    Take the latest version with the highest number and copy it over the existing xorg.conf file:
    cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original-<number> /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    After that, it should be safe to reboot the system and start up using the open-source driver that ships with the OS.
  4. Reboot your system. You should have now successfully uninstalled the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

Install Driver Option

The Install Driver option provides two driver installation options. The Automatic option installs all driver components, and the Custom option allows for the selection of driver components to be installed.

NOTE: The document uses "amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run" as a generic reference to the AMD install file. You will need to replace the generic reference with the actual AMD Catalyst for Linux install file you wish to execute (e.g. amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13-4-x86.x86_64.run for Catalyst 13.4).

Automatic Driver Installation Option

NOTE: You must be logged in with superuser privileges (as root or with sudo access) in order to successfully install the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

To install the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver using the Automatic option, follow these steps: 


  1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver download.
  2. Enter the command sudosh ./amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run to launch the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer and display the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver setup dialog box.
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  3. Select Install Driver and click Continue to display the AMD License Agreement.
     
    NOTE: If a previous installation of AMD Catalyst proprietary driver is detected and required to be uninstalled, the below message appears instead of the AMD License Agreement. You should uninstall the older driver before installing this version.
     
  4. Read the License Agreement and click I Agree to continue the installation, or Cancel to terminate the installation. The Mode of Installation Dialog Box is displayed after clicking on "I Agree."

     
  5. Select Automatic and click Continue. The AMD Catalyst proprietary driver should now be installed, and the Installation Completed Dialog box also displayed.

     
  6. Click Exit to close the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer.
  7. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and run:
    For versions of X.Org newer than 7, /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
    For versions of X.Org older than 7, /usr/X11R6/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
  8. Reboot your system. You should have successfully installed the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

 
Custom Driver Installation Option

The Custom option allows for the selection of driver components to be installed. To install the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver using the Custom option, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver you have downloaded.
  2. Enter the command sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run to launch the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer. The AMD Catalyst proprietary driver setup dialog box will be displayed.

     
  3. Select Install Driver and click Continue to display the AMD License Agreement.
     
    NOTE: If a previous installation of AMD Catalyst proprietary driver is detected and required to be uninstalled, the below message appears instead of the AMD License Agreement. You should uninstall the older driver before installing this version.
     
  4. Read the License Agreement and click "I Agree" to continue the installation, or Cancel to terminate the installation. The Mode of Installation Dialog Box will be displayed after clicking on "I Agree."

     
  5. Select Custom and click Continue. The AMD Catalyst proprietary driver setup options should be displayed.

     
  6. Select the driver components to be installed and click Continue. The AMD Catalyst proprietary driver should be installed, and the Installation Completed Dialog box displayed.

     
  7. Click Exit to close the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer.
  8. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and run:
    For versions of X.Org newer than 7, /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
    For versions of X.Org older than 7, /usr/X11R6/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
  9. Reboot your system. You should have successfully installed the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package Option

The Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package option provides an option for generating a package specific for your distribution. This option uses the policies set by the operating system vendor and may allow for maximum compatibility with the distribution. To install the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver using the Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package option, follow these steps:

NOTE: You must be logged in with superuser privileges (as root or with sudo access) in order to successfully install the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

  1. Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver download.
  2. Enter the command sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-x86.x86_64.run to launch the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer.
The AMD Catalyst proprietary driver setup dialog box should be displayed.

     
  3. Select Generate Distribution Specific Driver Package and click Continue to display the AMD License Agreement.

     
  4. Read the License Agreement and click "I Agree" to continue the installation, or Cancel to terminate the installation. The Package Generation Dialog Box will be displayed after clicking on "I Agree."
     
    NOTE: Select Packages for other distributions to display a dialog message box indicating instructions on how to generate packages for distributions other than RedHat and SuSE.
     
    NOTE: Some distributions can be detected by the installer. An option to "Build package for detected OS: <distribution>" is displayed rather than the Packages for other distributions option.
     
  5. Select the distribution package to be generated and click Continue. The package generation will start and the Package Generation Completed dialog box will be displayed.

     
  6. Click Exit to close the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver installer.
  7.  You are now ready to install the generated distribution package using the distribution's package management system.
  8. After installing the generated distribution package, launch the Terminal Application/Window and run:
    For versions of X.Org newer than 7, /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
    For versions of X.Org older than 7, /usr/X11R6/bin/aticonfig --initial to configure the driver for your AMD product.
  9. Reboot your system. You should have successfully installed the AMD Catalyst proprietary driver for Linux.

 

 


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