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.

20 thoughts on “Installing Ati Radeon 7670M HD Graphic Driver on Linux Mint

  1. Hi there,
    In the line: sudo sh ./ –buildpkg Ubuntu/raring should I put in “15” in place XX.X and Mint/olivia instead Ubuntu/raring if I have LinuxMint 15 Olivia?

    • Hi Tomik,

      XX.X indicates the version of the amd catalyst driver. That does not have any relation with the mint version. Since Linux mint is a derivative of Ubuntu Raring it is not necessary to change that part (i.e. Ubuntu/raring). It will work properly for mint also.

      • Thanks a lot for a quick reply. So, should I leave it as it is wit XX.X? I noticed 13.4 in the name of the pack. I must say I am a bit worried to complete all those instructions, but this is the last stage to make my favourite Linux more convenient to use on my Samsung laptop hehe I hope the fan will be much quieter after that.

      • You are welcome….
        If you extract the amd……zip file you will get this just follow the command sudo sh ./ –buildpkg Ubuntu/raring. You will get the .deb files of the driver through which you can install those.

    • Did you download the packages given in the starting of the blog-post. If not do that first of all. If you have downloaded the packages already please paste them in the home directory because you will be working as root in the home directory. Most probably the downloaded packages might be in Downloads folder. So copy those to the home directory and then do that command . You will get it done.

  2. inuxmint sudhir # sudo sh ./ –buildpkg Ubuntu/raring
    sh: 0: Can’t open ./

    • You need to give the permissions for the file to get it work in sudo for that you need to do this first of all

      sudo chmod +x ./

      Then you need to proceed to the next step.

  3. One thing makes me wonder. I have now the option to choose either Intel or Radeon graphics. Yet, my Samsung laptop runs a lot more quietly on Intel graphics. On Radeon the fan runs at a constant speed. Is this something strange? I had this Intel graphics before…

    • yeah, the problem with radeon graphics is that only, even though after installing the driver also it will run in a constant speed only. Better switch to Intel graphics when you work on linux.

      Sorry, if I was not clear for your previous questions.

  4. Hi Anup! Nice article!
    But I am unable to un-install the old drivers using sudo apt-get remove fglrx* and sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-intel. It says I have Unmet Dependencies. Shall I use the -force option while installing the new driver? if yes, then please provide a command with the -force option..

  5. Please Anup Kumar I have sam problem with MInt 16, how to resolve
    sudo dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-intel_2.21.6-0ubuntu4_amd64.deb


    • This post is for installing the Graphic driver for Mint 15. In the latest Linux Kernel some library packages are missing which are required for the installation of the graphic card.

      So, It will take some time for me to figure it out on how to configure the graphic card for the latest linux kernel.

    • He, I already mentioned in the previous comments. There are some library packages missing which are required for the installation of the graphic card.

      Very soon I will try to figure it out a resolve for that. Even I am also trying to find out how it is gng to work.

      Sorry to say that right now I don’t have a fix for that.

    • Hi Cooper, it took some time for me but I found out a temporary resolve for the graphic card issue. This particular command will cut the power supply to the graphic card until the next restart.
      Execute the following command as “root”:
      cd /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/
      echo OFF > switch
      After you give this command you can see that the increase in the battery stats. Hope this works for you.

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