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How to Install FGLRX in Ubuntu 10.10

Updated on October 11, 2010

FGLRX - FireGL and Radeon for X (x stands for

The perfect 10 has just been released and some people are having troubles installing the ATI proprietary drivers, called FGLRX. Like any other package, there are several ways to install it. Some are better and safer, some are not. Here is a list of ways you can install FGLRX in order from safest to least safest as of October 10th.

1. Repositories

This may or may not work for you, but this is the easiest to install and uninstall. First we need to open up the ol' Synaptic Package Manager by going to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager. Enter you Admin password and search for FGLRX. Check the box "fglrx" for installation, as well as the other packages that you'll be prompted to install.

Once everything is downloaded and installed, paste this in a terminal:

sudo aticonfig --initial

Reboot, and you should see compiz enabled. If you just see a black screen, reboot into recovery mode, coose to run in low graphics mode and paste the code above.

If that didn't work, then you need to uninstall FGLRX by going back into Synaptic Package Manager, search for the FGLRX package, mark it for complete removal an if prompted, all of the other packages that were installed along with it.

2. Manually Download and Install ATI Drivers

Although this is still relatively easy, it is the most difficult way to install FGLRX. You will have to download the drivers from ATI's website and do a bit of terminal work. First, go to ATI's website and enter the your graphics card's information and download the drivers.

Next, go to where you downloaded your drivers (usually the downloads folder), right click on the file, select "Properties." Under Permissions, check the box that says, "Allow executing the file as a program."

Close that window, click on the file again and choose to run in terminal. You'll be prompted to enter the admin password. Now the installer should appear. The default selections should be fine unless you're using a different distro than Ubuntu.

Once the installation is done, open up a terminal and enter this:

sudo aticonfig --initial

This should configure the drivers to your computer's specifications. Reboot and you will notice a prettier Ubuntu. If you just see a black screen, restart into recovery mode in low graphics mode and enter the above code once more. If that fails again, this method didn't work for you and you need to restart once more into recovery mode in low graphics mode and paste this into a terminal:

cd /usr/share/ati

sudo sh ./

3. Additional Drivers

This is an easy way to install or uninstall proprietary drivers, however, this has not worked for me in the past. Go to System->Administration->Additional Drivers and select ATI/AMD proprietary FGLRX graphics driver for installation. Reboot for the effects to take place. If this didn't work for you, then reboot into recovery mode in low graphics and go back to Additional Drivers and mark the installed drivers for removal.

Those are the three ways I know how to install FGLRX. If this tutorial didn't help you, you can leave a comment and I'll try my best to get it working for you. You can also ask the community at, as they have communities more than willing to help the novice and expert Ubuntu users.


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      Matt 6 years ago

      Muito Obrigado pela ajuda!!!

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      hillin-fantasia 7 years ago

      Tom, I have the same problem :/ so I need to use Radeon driver? There is no way to use fglrx with x800?

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      MrRichard 7 years ago from Canada

      @Tom, I've heard some news about some old ATI cards not being supported anymore. As you said, it looks like the graphics card is not supported. Is this a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.10

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      Tom 7 years ago


      I have tried all the processes and they seem to work I install through the ATI installer but when I try to configure the graphics card using

      sudo aticonfig --initial

      I get

      aticonfig: No supported adapters detected

      what does this mean? Also when i try to open the ATI control centre it manualy from system it throws a error..

      If you could help me would be very greatfull

      my only guesstimate is that the graphic cards is not supported?

      BTW using

      ATI Technologies Inc R420 [X800XT-PE]

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      MrRichard 7 years ago from Canada

      For what it's worth vesperi, I think you should get youself a monitor and you're welcome :)

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      vesperi 7 years ago

      Thank you greatly MrRichard. I have been struggling the last few nights trying to get my media server up and running again after a disk crashed out... Why? who knows... but as luck has it with me, everything that will go wrong goes wrong in linux lately. I was running for 6+ months and then upgraded my case and bam... nothing works. This got me back on the track with the fglrx and was much needed (i hate headless servers, just a pain to me)

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      MrRichard 7 years ago from Canada

      @Anton Sorry mate, I don't think I can help you with that, as I'm inexperienced and clueless about how to even setup a graphics card in crossfire, let alone three :s

      Try asking in, as they have some very tech savvy members.

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      Anton 7 years ago

      i have acer 7535g and have 2 video hd 3200 and hd 4570 bun installed ubuntu and work only 3200 how can ia make to work 4570 and install it?

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      MrRichard 7 years ago from Canada

      You're welcome. It's always good that I've helped someone :)

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      Arnau 7 years ago

      Thank you. The second option works on ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570 of 512 MB