Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

O. Sinclair o.sinclair at
Wed Jan 11 18:20:31 UTC 2012

On 11/01/12 17:48, Mark Greenwood wrote:
> On 11 Jan 2012, at 14:43, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM, O. Sinclair<o.sinclair at>  wrote:
>>> On 11/01/12 14:06, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM, O. Sinclair<o.sinclair at>   wrote:
>>>>> Am about to officially give up.
>>>>> I have an HP Pavillion dm4 laptop with the dreaded hybrid graphics, in my
>>>>> case in Intel integrated and an ATI HD5450 "discreet" card.
>>>>> On 11.04 I used 32-bit PAE and there it worked. But as I have 4Gb RAM
>>>>> decided to opt for 64-bit when installing 11.10.
>>>>> Most things work well, there are some fairly odd apps that are only
>>>>> 32-bit
>>>>> but I have no major problems (except new KDEPIM but that is separate
>>>>> issue).
>>>>> However - installing AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers fail one way or the other.
>>>>> If
>>>>> I do from "additional drivers" I just get a message it fails. If I do
>>>>> from
>>>>> Muon dito. If I use cli command apt-get or aptitude it can go all the way
>>>>> to
>>>>> configuration.
>>>>> And that is where I get stuck whether I use downloaded from AMD package,
>>>>> build packages, run the installer or whatever I do. Have been thru
>>>>> countless
>>>>> sites with instructions and forums.
>>>>> The last step here is normally "aticonfig --initial -f" with or without
>>>>> -f.
>>>>> I either get an error "PowerXpress error: Cannot stat
>>>>> '/usr/lib64/fglrx/switchlibGL': No such file or directory" or "no
>>>>> supported
>>>>> adapter present".
>>>>> So finally my question here: has anyone managed to get the hybrid
>>>>> graphics
>>>>> with ATI/AMD working in 11.10 64-bit or are there ohters who have spent
>>>>> (too
>>>>> much) time installing and failing?
>>>> Yes, I have installed them.  I just installed these packages (using
>>>> aptitude, should work with apt-get):
>>>> fglrx-updates
>>>> fglrx-updates-dev
>>>> If you tried to install fglrx package from ATI (ie, manual install),
>>>> you will have uninstall it first, and then cleanup the mess it leaves
>>>> behind, basically, some broken symlinks... I had a problem with that,
>>>> after I removed "manually installed" drivers, I was unable to install
>>>> the official packages.
>>>> Oh, don't forget to install (if not already installed):
>>>> linux-headers-generic (or whatever linux-headers you need for your
>>>> current kernel), remember, this *have to* be the headers for your
>>>> running kernel, and about any linux-headers will satisfy fglrx-updates
>>>> dependency, but you need the one corresponding to your kernel, or it
>>>> will fail.
>>>> I don't know on your system, but on mine, aptitude shows "duplicated"
>>>> packages names, it looks like the "duplicated" is the 32 bits version,
>>>> but I have had odd issues (like conflicts with *a lot* of packages
>>>> when I try to install most of these), make sure to pick the correct
>>>> one.
>>>> Now, I have had bad experiences with so called "hybrid graphics", in
>>>> my case a ION-based netbook... in the end, I had to disable "discrete"
>>>> graphics and leave only Intel enabled (because otherwise the netbook
>>>> would get too hot, and drain battery real fast).
>>> Thanks, unfortunately exactly the same outcome:
>>> "PowerXpress error: Cannot stat'/usr/lib64/fglrx/switchlibGL': No such file
>>> or directory"
>>> and for sure said "switchlibGL" is non-existent.
>> Interesting enough, this exists on my system, but here:
>> /usr/lib/fglrx/switchlibGL
> And I think that's they key to the whole problem.
> Up until recently, a 64-bit system has /usr/lib64 for 64-bit libs and /usr/lib for 32-bit libs. This was changed so that on an up-to-date 64 bit system, /usr/lib holds 64 bit libs and /usr/lib32 has 32 bit libs. There is no /usr/lib64 on a recent ubuntu system.
> I don't understand why the fglrx driver is trying to install things in /usr/lib64 - it shouldn't be. However you might be able to make it install IF you don't already have a /usr/lib64 directory
> sudo ln -s /usr/lib /usr/lib64
> then try the install again.

Hm, I reverted to radeon once more but when I check I DO have a 
/usr/lib64/fglrx directory full of stuff - but no /usr/lib/fglrx

should I perhaps just erase the whole directory and try again?

More information about the kubuntu-users mailing list