How to install AMD Catalyst 12.8 in Ubuntu

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First off, this is the proprietary driver for AMD Radeon HD owners, version AMD Catalyst 12.8. So far, there is not solution for GNOME 3 tearing problem… just minor bugfixes included though.

Download Catalyst 12.8

If this is your first install, you need these

sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms
sudo apt-get install execstack dh-modaliases fakeroot libqtgui4

In case of are 64 bit Operating System, install these too

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs ia32-libs-multiarch:i386
sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1 libc6-i386
cd /usr ; sudo ln -svT lib /usr/lib64

Then browse intoyour Downloads folder where is the driver located and run the executable

chmod +x amd-driver-installer-8.982-x86.x86_64.run

Create and install deb packages

sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-8.982-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb

Warning, if you are upgrading from an older Catalyst version, you should run:

sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-8.982-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
sudo dpkg --force-overwrite -i *.deb

Now, please Enable new settings

sudo aticonfig --initial -f

Reboot you PC and you are ready to go ;)

 — Otherwise —, if you are not into building deb packages and such stuff, then you are advised to to insert the xorg-edgers PPA and search for the new fglrx package

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer

If this is the case, just be sure you have purged the PPA before upgrading to the next version of Ubuntu (such as Ubuntu 12.10).

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