How to Install ATI Radeon 7670 graphic driver in Linux Mint / Ubuntu (latest versions)

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.

sudo reboot
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:

inxi -G
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. 🙂

sudo reboot
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 🙂

Disabling Graphic Driver – Linux/Fedora

Hello all, I was facing a trouble with the graphic driver in Linux for the past few months. When I did the installation as per the previous post in my blog, there are some issues like missing library packages, unable to install the package etc,. After searching the net for a while, I found out the following solution for the graphic driver problems which will completely turn off the graphic card while we work in Linux based systems. This is the best way I found out by which I can work on Linux for hours together with out any battery drain  or over heating problems.

In the following steps we will be disabling the graphic card temporarily by making changes in the kernel files. For that just follow the instructions given here.

1) The changes which we will make to the kernel needs root access, so open a terminal as a root user.

2) Navigate to the vgaswitcheroo folder placed in the kernel.

cd /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo

In the vgaswitcheroo folder you can see a file called switch which controls the GPU of your system. When you don’t change any thing of that file you will get some thing like this when you open the switch file:

1:DIS: :Pwr:0000:01:00.0

Here in this file, the first one corresponds to the Intel GPU and the second one is the external graphic card which is a problem if we don’t have the graphic driver installed in Linux/Fedora. If we turn off the power supply for the graphic card then it is not at all a problem when working in Linux/Fedora

3) For turning off the graphic card just change the value of the switch file by executing the following command in the terminal as a root.

echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

After doing this you can see the change in the value of the switch file to:

1:DIS: :Off:0000:01:00.0

Now wait for a few minutes and see the battery status. You can see the change in the amount of backup time.

Permanent Solution using the above procedure

If you follow the above procedure, you need to do the above process every time. If you think that is an un-necessary task every time when you log in to the system, just follow the below procedure. 🙂

Open a terminal as a root and just paste the following commands in the terminal:

gedit .bashrc

Now .bashrc file will open and just copy the following to the .bashrc file.

echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

Now, just save the file and exit. The thing what you did just now is you have added the above line to the .bashrc file which will be loaded on the system boot-up. This will directly execute the above command when the system files get loaded.

That’s it, I think this will resolve the problem of the graphic card. 🙂

Just please give me the feedback regarding the post in the comments.

Hope this helps. 🙂