I had a very bad time with my Dell Vostro laptop with ATI Radeon HD 6600M Graphics card on Fedora 16 - couldn’t install graphics card driver at all. I tried installing both kmod and akmod drivers on my machine and both didn’t work. Even thought of changing my Graphics card because of this. But continued with the same as I had several projects running and din’t wanted to waste time configuring Graphics card.
I just formatted the whole Fedora and installed Ubuntu. After several failed attempts, I have installed FGLRX drivers with help from Terry at http://linuxclicks.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/dual-monitor-display-with-ubuntuxubuntu.html
I had installed the drivers suggested by jockey-gtk so I had to uninstall them first using
jockey-gtk. And restart the machine.
These are the step by step procedures
- Uninstall any graphics drivers already installed and reboot the machine.
- Now install the drivers using this command
sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates``` 3. Initialise aticonfiguration ```sh sudo aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
- Restart the system
Verify installation by using
$ fglrxinfo display: :0.0 screen: 0 OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. OpenGL renderer string: AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M Series OpenGL version string: 4.2.11627 Compatibility Profile Context $ lspci -nn | grep VGA 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller : Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0116] (rev 09) 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Whistler [AMD Radeon HD 6600M Series] [1002:6741] $ cat /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04 LTS" $ gt;echo $DESKTOP_SESSION ubuntu $ /usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc. OpenGL renderer string: AMD Radeon 6600M and 6700M Series OpenGL version string: 4.2.11627 Compatibility Profile Context Not software rendered: yes Not blacklisted: yes GLX fbconfig: yes GLX texture from pixmap: yes GL npot or rect textures: yes GL vertex program: yes GL fragment program: yes GL vertex buffer object: yes GL framebuffer object: yes GL version is 1.4+: yes Unity 3D supported: yes
Additionally I installed Compiz and enabled cube and wobbly windows!! I’m loving it! If you need to install Compiz, here is the Stackoverflow question that I followed: http://askubuntu.com/questions/86977/how-to-correctly-enable-desktop-cube-in-unity-3d
I have decided to stick to Ubuntu although I have been using Fedora for a long long time. But Fedora had its vices like the infamous SELINUX, which always caused troubles. I am loving the Ubuntu Software Centre and Ubuntu One storage too :).