Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

Mark Greenwood fatgerman at
Wed Jan 11 19:37:44 UTC 2012

On 11 Jan 2012, at 18:20, O. Sinclair wrote:

> 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?

Hmmm. I'm not sure. It might work with the symlinking suggestion I gave, but I don't have an ATI card and have never owned one. I'm not sure what to suggest. If it were me I'd give it a try but I'm not sure I'd advise others to do the sameā€¦.


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