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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to install ATI / AMD Catalyst 11.5 in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty

I could not find the latest driver for my ATI 4200 of my HP 625 in the repositories of Ubuntu 11.04. I was trying to get VAAPI running for hardware accelerated h264 video playback in VLC. I did not work.

After some research I managed to get the driver running – but still no VA video!


It should be working with the stuff from from the ubuntu x-team:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

If you want to install the linux drivers from AMD start with removing ubuntu’s fglrx (if it was installed by jockey) with



sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*

Downloading the driver in a new directory


mkdir ~/Downloads/amd
cd ~/Downloads/amd
wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/linux/ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run

With the  downloaded script we can start building the packages:



sudo sh ati-driver-installer-11-5-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty

Install the built packages with



sudo dpkg -i *deb
sudo aticonfig --initial -f


will detect your grafx adapter. After a reboot my ATI 4200 was working with the new driver!

The lates drivers are available from ATI driver download . Just replace the download-link in the “wget-command”.

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