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April 27, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) and AMD Catalyst 12.4

Precise Pangola has been released and a day later comes a new fglrx driver. While there isn’t a changelog, this build apparently gives us:

early-look support for Ubuntu 12.04, Linux PowerXpress support for the Intel Ivy Bridge platform, packaging script updates, and various bug-fixes.

Among the bug-fixes for Catalyst 12.4 on Linux are: fixing some multi-head issues, a system hang in certain PowerXpress configurations, fixing a system hang when using OpenGL overlays, correcting an OpenGL performance drop, a soft-hang when killing the X Server, and severe corruption for OpenGL games using the AMD “Redwood” graphics processors.

If you want to build these for yourself then you can follow these instructions:

  1. Download 64-bit 12.4 from AMD
  2. Extract the files from the package:
    sh ./amd-driver-installer-12-4-x86.x86_64.run --extract ati
  3. Build your new ati/fglrx deb packages:
    ./ati-installer.sh 8.961 --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
  4. Install our newly created deb packages:
    sudo dpkg -i ../fglrx*.deb
  5. If your /etc/X11/xorg.conf is missing you will need to run:
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    and then reboot.

That newly created package should work for 3.2 kernel series in Precise.

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