Hey guys, I have a HP Pavilion g6 lap, which comes with an ATI Radeon 7670M HD graphic card which comes with Windows 8 preloaded. When you install any Linux Distributions side loaded with Windows 8, the graphic driver will not get installed while Linux is being installed, which keeps the graphic card’s fan running all the time. Because of this, there will be a lot of battery drain.
So I’ve decided to install the graphic driver for Linux manually. Here’s a small guide through which you can install the graphic driver in Linux.
During this process, we will install the default fglrx driver through which you can turn off the graphic card if you want.
Process for installing ATI Radeon driver on Ubuntu / Linux Mint
Installing the default fglrx drivers doesn’t involve much process. This is very simple when compared to the previous versions. 🙂
Step – 1
Upgrade your system. This you can do it using the following process:
sudo apt-get upgrade
Step – 2
Install the fglrx drivers. For this enter the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt-get install fglrx
Now restart the computer to complete the installation process.
Step – 3
After the drivers are installed in your system, now install the necessary pxpress package that is used for switching the graphic card from discrete to integrated and vice-versa.
sudo apt-get install fglrx-pxpress
Now you will get a message that the discrete graphic card is activated. Reboot the system once again.
Step – 4
After you restart, you can check which graphic cards are active using the following command in the terminal:
Step – 5
Now install the AMD Catalyst control center in your system switching between the graphic cards. That you can do it by executing the following command:
sudo apt-get install fglrx-amdcccle
Now reboot your system once again. 🙂
Step – 6
Now launch the AMD Catalyst Control Center as an administrator so that you can switch between the graphic cards.
In the Settings, switch between the graphic cards as per your need. If you want more battery backup, then it is recommended to switch the graphic card to integrated (i.e. Intel Graphics) The system will ask for a reboot.
After the reboot is completed, now the Linux will use the internal graphic card instead of the discrete graphic card.
Now, once after you change the graphic card to integrated, you will see the increase in the battery backup 🙂