Monday, 8 February 2010

Installing ATI drivers 10.1 for ubuntu karmic x64

For some strange reason, a recent update to the latest ubuntu kernel disabled the ati driver on my thinkpad T400.

Just for the record. This is what I did to reinstall it:

First, go to:
Use the page to select your driver:

For Karmic 9.10 x64 and i386 it will be:

Ensure you are fully up to date with

$ sudo apt-get update

Ensure that you hvae the QT4 libraries with:

$ sudo apt-get install libqtgui4

Copy the downloaded file into it's own folder. From a terminal change to that folder and then create deb files with:

$ sudo sh ./ --buildpkg Ubuntu/karmic

That will create the necessary "deb" files.
Lastly install these with:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Now reboot.
After a reboot, I had to re-run the Compiz Manager to reset all my options.

You can check that it is all working using

$ fglrxinfo

My display showed the following:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1.9026)

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