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Old 01-11-2012, 09:12 PM
Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa
Default Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM, tv.debian@googlemail.com
<tv.debian@googlemail.com> wrote:
> 11/01/2012 21:31, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM, tv.debian@googlemail.com
>> <tv.debian@googlemail.com> *wrote:
>>>>>>>>> fglrx-updates
>>>>>>>>> fglrx-updates-dev
>>> Hi, taking the thread from here since I missed the beginning. I would
>>> stay
>>> away from those packages, they are broken and will break your system. You
>>> should try to *purge* all fglrx related packages, then reinstall
>>> libgl1-mesa-glx and libgl1-mesa-dri (you will see that
>>> update-alternatives
>>> is correcting dead links errors), and only then install the fglrx
>>> packages,
>>> NOT the "updates" ones. I had trouble with this packages on all my AMD
>>> systems (amd64).
>> These are working just fine for me. *My A8 CPU won't work correctly
>> with the plain fglrx packages. *I can't remember what happen when I
>> installed from ATI site (some odd problems). *Anyway, fglrx-updates
>> packages works fine for me (and have been working correctly for a few
>> months now, and I have gone through at least one upgrade for these
>> packages).
> Interesting to read that they are working for you, I did two install today
> and jockey failed on both computers for fglrx-updates. After purging all
> fglrx* package I noticed from update-alternatives warning broken libgl
> links, and couldn't get radeon to work. After reinstalling libgl1-mesa*
> packages radeon ran fine, and finally I was able to install fglrx (no
> -updates) with jockey or apt-get.
> Same happened about two weeks ago with another computer.
> Are you on amd64 ? Do you use "proposed-updates" ? (I don't)

Yes, amd64. I remember the broken links at some point, I thought
these were leftovers from when I installed using ATI catalyst
installer (I had a hard time installing this on my A8-based system, I
remember I even used the alternate installer, and even eventually
installed a custom kernel). I don't remember if I manually removed
the links (I think I did), purged all fglrx packages, and then
installed fglrx-updates again: all good this far.

My currently installed fglrx-updates version is: 8.911-0ubuntu0.1

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Old 01-12-2012, 07:09 AM
"O. Sinclair"
Default Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

On 11/01/12 21:37, Mark Greenwood wrote:

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@gmail.com> wrote:

On 11/01/12 14:06, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:


On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM, O. Sinclair<o.sinclair@gmail.com> 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
but I have no major problems (except new KDEPIM but that is separate

However - installing AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers fail one way or the other.
I do from "additional drivers" I just get a message it fails. If I do
Muon dito. If I use cli command apt-get or aptitude it can go all the way

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
sites with instructions and forums.

The last step here is normally "aticonfig --initial -f" with or without

I either get an error "PowerXpress error: Cannot stat
'/usr/lib64/fglrx/switchlibGL': No such file or directory" or "no
adapter present".

So finally my question here: has anyone managed to get the hybrid
with ATI/AMD working in 11.10 64-bit or are there ohters who have spent
much) time installing and failing?

Yes, I have installed them. I just installed these packages (using
aptitude, should work with apt-get):


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

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:


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€¦.

Well I gave it a shot but it just resulted in other errors. I now give
up, guess I consider it broken in Oneiric 64-bit and stay with OSS
drivers for now. No switching but hey, it never worked that well with
Catalyst driver either.

Thanks for help and pointers!


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