Installing Ati Radeon 7670M HD Graphic Driver on Linux Mint

I got an HP pavilion g6 2320tx lap which came with Windows 8 pre-loaded. I wanted to install Linux on my system. From all the information which I have gathered the best Linux Distro which supports Graphic Drivers is only Linux-mint. So I have decided to install the latest version of Linux Mint (Linux mint 15 Olivia).

In this post I will be explaining you the process of installing ATI RADEON 7670M graphic driver on Linux Mint.

Process for installing ATI driver on Ubuntu/Linux mint/Kubuntu:

First of all download the following files and put in a separate folder so that you can access through the console.

In the process of installing the drivers you have to remove the present X server Driver. So that it is recommended to do the installation process through the Console Screen. To go to the Console screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1. In that you will be asked to enter the user-name and the password. After that you will be able to access the file system of your system.

Step 1:

Upgrading your system:

For this you need to run the command

sudo apt-get upgrade.” 

This will download all the upgrades for the system including the latest Linux Kernel.

Step 2:

Download and install the following packages:

  • sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6
  • sudo apt-get install dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases
  • sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic xserver-xorg-core libgcc1

If at all you are using a 64 bit operating system you should run the following command also in addition to above one’s.

  • sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32gcc1 libc6-i386

Before installing the latest driver un-install the old drivers on your computer. Otherwise it will show an error saying “Installation aborted”

  • sudo apt-get remove fglrx*
  • sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel.

After removing the old drivers install the files which you have downloaded.

  • sudo dpkg -i libudev*
  • sudo dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-intel_2.21.6-0ubuntu4_amd64.deb


Installing the ATI driver in your system:

First of all to install the driver you need to unzip the driver and then proceed for the installation.

  • sudo sh ./ –buildpkg Ubuntu/raring

(Replace  XX.X whit version you have, and  ‘raring’ with distribution you use)

The above process creates a .deb file of the driver which you want to install. (Makes more user friendly)

  • sudo dpkg -i fglrx*.deb

This step will install all the drivers of ATI in your system.

That’s it you have installed the ATI Radeon driver in your system.

Steps to be followed after Installation

Run this command so you make backup of xorg.conf  file, and make new for your system:

  • sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
  • sudo aticonfig –initial -f

After initialization, select discrete graphic card and reboot system:

  • sudo aticonfig –px-dgpu
  • sudo reboot

After restart everything should work great and system will use discrete graphic card.

After restarting the system you can be able to switch the graphics from Intel on Board Graphics to ATI Radeon HD Graphics.

Now I have been using Linux Mint on my Laptop for the last one month, after installing the graphics driver I was getting around 5 to 6 hours of battery backup, the same as you get it on Windows.

My Birthday

This year all of my friends made my birthday very very special for me. The day before my birthday, I got more than enough b’day bombs from all of my friends in the hostel. On that day I was sitting in my room and watching a movie on my laptop. Suddenly all my friends came and started bashing my back giving me b’day bombs. It was too horrible for me on that day because they trashed me such a way that I can’t even sleep that night.

Next day as usually after all the classes are completed I went back to my room and was about to go back to lab. At that time all of my remaining Telugu friends came to wish and give me good sweets. At that time I got a call from my friend saying that Bithin etta was waiting for me to start the GIT session which was going on that day. When I went back to the lab the session is already started and when I saw Bithin ettan he was looking at me so seriously. After the session was completed he called me to the center of the lab and was asking about the reason why I was late to the class. I don’t know how to put it to words. Finally I said him that my friends stopped me coming to the lab.

As I was late to the session on that day he asked all the remaining friends that what punishment should we give to him for being late to the session. All of them said only one thing dance dance dance. I was dumb stuck at that time about what to do. Bithin ettan told that all of us will be singing a song and you must dance for that song. I thought I was dead on that day. Suddenly all them started to sing the “Birthday Song” wishing me on behalf of my b’day.

I was amazed by the way they planned the party for me. After the song it was party cake cutting and facial for me. Anyway it was an amazing day for me. Thanks for all the FOSS members for making my birthday very very special and giving me such memorable moments.