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Install latest AMD Catalyst Driver into Linux Mint

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Install latest AMD Catalyst™ Driver into Linux Mint

In this article we will consider how best to install the latest drivers for video cards AMD Radeon. Of course, for Linux users it is desirable to have an Nvidia card, since the cards from this company are the most suitable for Linux. But still many people those who use video cards from AMD.

Does not work on recent versions of Linux Mint

First check supportable driver for your graphics card. http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Linux+x86 See tab Supported Products.

Note that is supported by Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.19)

If your video card is supported you can proceed with the installation.

NOTE: To successfully install the official AMD Catalyst, you must uninstall any third-party drivers for graphics adapters that are currently installed in a Linux system.

You may want to install the latest video driver from AMD. AMD Radeon GPU-PRO driver with Vulkan support

To delete all third-party drivers for your graphics adapter, perform the following steps:
Open a terminal, run the commands to remove the drivers:

sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh --force

After this, download the driver from the manufacturer's website, at the following address - support.amd.comAt the time of writing, the latest version of the driver was 15.2, unpack the archive, inside of which we see a file with the extension .run.

unzip amd-driver-installer-15.20.1046-x86.x86_64.zip

Install latest AMD Catalyst™ Driver into Linux Mint

Installing the driver:
Open a terminal in the directory in which you unpacked the archive. Run the commands below

For 64-bit

sudo apt-get install cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases linux-headers-generic libqtgui4 xserver-xorg-dev debhelper lib32gcc1

For 32-bit

udo apt-get install cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases linux-headers-generic libqtgui4 xserver-xorg-dev debhelper


Give the right to start and run the install:

sudo chmod +x amd-driver-installer-15.20.1046-x86.x86_64.run

You can then install the driver. But to be safe, I advise you to close a graphics session and continue with the installation in console:

sudo service mdm stop

Enter your username and password.

Now we can start the installation:

sudo sh amd-driver-installer-15.20.1046-x86.x86_64.run

Install latest AMD Catalyst™ Driver into Linux Mint

Install latest AMD Catalyst™ Driver into Linux Mint

Create a config file for the video driver::

sudo amdconfig --initial -f

Now you can restart the computer:

sudo reboot

Good Luck!!!

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  1. T1000
    T1000 23 July 2015 17:24
    i dont have /usr/X11R6/bin folder,only have /usr/X11R6/lib/ and /usr/X11R6/lib64 folders.
    Please help.
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  2. Shekin 23 July 2015 17:34
    try then just reboot
    sudo reboot

    if the driver stood up, all will be well. if not, remove driver via the console
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  3. T1000
    T1000 23 July 2015 17:49
    looks good,but now i can't use the Cairo-Dock because it's flashing.
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  4. Shekin 23 July 2015 18:02
    Quote: T1000
    looks good,but now i can't use the Cairo-Dock because it's flashing.

    try changing the cairo dock settings setup 3d, as I remember there is such a function.
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  5. T1000
    T1000 23 July 2015 18:35
    it's working now,thank you.
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  6. alma
    alma 13 August 2015 10:06
    It's too complicated for me. Ubuntu works out of box, Linux Mint why doesn't do that?
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  7. Mailbob
    Mailbob 26 August 2015 08:52
    This assumes any AMD card...oh and what NVIDIA is better for Linux? Remember the classic Linus Torvald picture?

    Anyway, when I go to amd's website to find something for my AMD Radeon HD7850 video card, yes it used to work like this and my current manufacturer. The AMD website had me download amd-driver-installer-14.301.1001-x86.x86_64.run

    If I try to do so for my 64 bit version of 17.2 Mint, I'm being given links to fglrx and such, the driver made by ubuntu makers for amd cards. So yeah...not what I expected. I was about to do this, I know the whole procedure by heart,but this should specify which AMD cards it will work with, because according to AMD's site, my card is now too old (came out 2 years ago...frustrating) so they're defaulting me to the lame fglrx... or maybe not?

    Awaiting an answer.
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  8. Shekin 28 August 2015 11:10
    Quote: Mailbob
    Awaiting an answer.

    I don't really understand your question if you ask which drivers to put the old video card then I will not tell. probably need to compare your card downloaded driver. Maybe on the official website you can find earlier versions of drivers for older video cards.
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  9. Wilem
    Wilem 17 September 2015 23:59
    Is Radeon R290 not supported ?
    I cant get it installed keeps saying its not supported
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  10. Shekin 20 September 2015 21:06
    AMD has published a new version of the proprietary driver AMD Catalyst 15.9. In the new issue observed only bug fixes, including resolving issues with installation in Ubuntu 14.04.3, fix crashes and violations display appearing when playing Company of Heroes 2, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, DIRT Showdown and DOTA 2.
    The driver supports X-Server 1.17, Linux kernel 3.19 and glibc 2.3.
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  11. Tom
    Tom 5 November 2015 09:51
    Thanks for the guide.
    It says I first need some other packages to install the drivers.
    Do I need to install build-essential?
    I assume that's what is needed.
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  12. nkl
    nkl 9 November 2015 22:21
    T1000, after all the manipulations I have the same problem. No directory /usr/X11R6/bin
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  13. Shekin 6 December 2015 19:10
    nkl,
    Updated information in article
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  14. Victor Hugo
    Victor Hugo 25 December 2015 05:54
    Thanks!!!
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  15. Srinivas Murty
    Srinivas Murty 7 January 2016 18:35
    I don't have /usr/share/ati....Where else can I find the existing AMD drivers? I have LinuxMint 17.3.
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  16. Matjaz
    Matjaz 26 January 2016 17:00
    Shekin,
    How do I uninstall? this only crashes cinnamon
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  17. Harper
    Harper 14 February 2016 17:05
    I get this error when I follow these steps.

    (bad exit status: 1)
    [Error] Kernel Module : Failed to build fglrx-15.201.1151 with DKMS
    [Error] Kernel Module : Removing fglrx-15.201.1151 from DKMS

    I don't receive full driver functionality.
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  18. Shekin 15 February 2016 11:53
    Harper,
    what version of your kernel?
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  19. Harper
    Harper 17 February 2016 01:36
    Shekin,

    3.9.7-030907-generic
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  20. Shekin 17 February 2016 06:06
    Harper,
    Note that is supported by Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.19)
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  21. Harper
    Harper 17 February 2016 14:26
    Shekin,

    It should work then since 3.9.7 is between 2.6 and 3.19.

    I don't know what's wrong then.
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  22. Shekin 17 February 2016 14:40
    Harper,
    Found an interesting article
    https://forum.teksyndicate.com/t/kernel-4-3rc1-fglrx-and-dkms-issues/87759/16
    maybe my article is no longer relevant, maybe something I have not considered or do not understand... yet I can not solve because I now have a video card from Nvidia
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    x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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  23. Simon Vassallo
    Simon Vassallo 25 April 2016 15:00
    In the picture above, 'Choose the product'

    Is it option 1 or 2?

    When I do it on my test machine with Ubuntu 15.10, I generate a distribution specific driver package and then install the packages when prompted.

    sudo amdconfig --initial

    Then reboot and all good.

    Thanks Simon
    • +2
    1. Shekin 25 April 2016 16:12
      thx Simon))))
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      1. Simon Vassallo
        Simon Vassallo 25 April 2016 16:33
        Hi Shekin,

        Under choose a product to install.

        Which is it?

        Option 1 or 2?

        Thanks
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        1. Shekin 25 April 2016 16:59
          When I tested it (long time ago) I chose 1 point. Now there are no more opportunities to try. Because now I have Nvidia. In my opinion more stable than AMD.
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          1. Simon Vassallo
            Simon Vassallo 25 April 2016 17:22
            ok cool.

            I was given an ATI 7990, which is a pretty good card.

            I will try option one.

            Thank you
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  24. Tenzin
    Tenzin 12 December 2016 18:05
    Does this apply to Linux Mint 18? I know there are issues with AMD drivers and Ubuntu 16.04...
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    1. Shekin 12 December 2016 18:36
      i cant check it, sorry
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      1. Jirka
        Jirka 30 December 2016 01:31
        see https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_sarah_mate.php
        "The AMD Catalyst (fglrx) drivers are not compatible with Xorg 1.18, which is the version used in Linux Mint 18."
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  25. Yves
    Yves 23 December 2016 20:03
    Hi, before I had no proprietary drivers and all worked very well, until I tried this guide and it all went wrong :
    "error: X server version cannot be detected. (default:v2:x86_64:lib32::none:3.19.0-32-generic:)
    Installation will not proceed." after reboot it gets back to login text mode and then a window pops out and says x server failed :
    "MDM: Xserver not found: /usr/bin/X :0 -audit 0 -auth /var/lib/mdm/:0.Xau
    Error command could not be executed!
    Please install the X server or correct MDM configuration and restart MDM"
    My system : Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa on a HP compaq 8510p laptop
    my graphic card is ati radeon HD 2xxx so my driver version is : AMD Catalyst™ 13.1 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver from 2013
    If anyone reads this and thinks of any solution or to go back as it was before or even to install this new driver
    Thanks a lot in advance
    Happy holidays
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    1. Yves
      Yves 30 December 2016 22:27
      ok i reinstalled mint trying mint 2 the debian version this time
      same player plays again
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  26. iv
    iv 4 January 2017 15:06
    Jirka,
    thank you for answer
    good year
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  27. Rijalechat
    Rijalechat 5 February 2017 17:19
    I'm on LM 18.1 KDE, Kernel 4.4, AMD Radeon R7 GPU. Does this guide work on this distro, is someone have already try? I can't play any game I used to play. each time I try, it say "memory exhausted"... Need help, it's very frustrating
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  28. Shekin 5 February 2017 17:23
    Rijalechat,
    I think it will not work. may work on the system 17.3.
    I have the same problem on a laptop, I can't install the driver.
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    x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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  29. Deepak 1 July 2018 08:58
    I tried to install the driver on Linux Mint 19. However, I get the following error.
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    error: Detected X Server version 'XServer 1.19.6_64a' is not supported. Supported versions are X.Org 6.9 or later, up to XServer 1.10 (default:v2:x86_64:lib32:XServer 1.19.6_64a:none:4.15.0-23-generic:)
    Installation will not proceed.
    Removing temporary directory: fglrx-install.l6MdR0
    --
    Could you please help me?
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