How can I install my ATI graphics card driver in Kubuntu?

Pijush Gupta September 4, 2011
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I have downloaded Kubuntu 11.4. Previously I used Ubuntu 11.4 and there was no problem with installing ATI graphics card driver. But in Kubuntu I’m unable to install ATI driver. I downloaded from ATI/AMD website. The driver file extention is “. run”. Thanks.

  1. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    How to install ATI Video Card in you linux System
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-install-ati-video-card-in-you-linux-system.html
    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/installing-proprietary-video-drivers-for-ubuntu/

    may be a bad xorg.conf.  remove /etc/X11/xorg.conf 

    You don't need an xorg.conf, unless you want to do some tweaks. the fglrx driver packages iirc runs this as part of its install process.

    if you want to recreate
    sudo aticonfig-initial

    Can't install ati drivers: xorg.conf is invalid
    http://kubuntuforums.net/forums/index.php?topic=3117305.0

  2. Jeffery Fabish
    September 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Hi Pijush,

    Yes this can be hard to understand at first. "Run" files are similar to executables in Windows. Right click on the file and chose "properties" and make sure under "permissions" that "allow executing of file as program" is enabled.

    Then double click on the file, you may get an option as to how to run the file, choose "Run in terminal".

    If that fails, there is probably a restriction on permissions. Open up a new terminal (Menu -> Accessories -> Terminal/Konsole) and CD (change directory) to the folder path with the file and chmod 777 it.

    For example:
    CD ~Downloads
    chmod 777 "file.run"

    Change "~Downloads" to the path of the file and rename "File.run" to the programs name.

    Alternatively, you can get your drivers (if supported) from the Driver Installer (System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers).