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Old 08-11-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Installing ATI drivers


Hi there. Im a new Ubuntu user. I just recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 side by side with my Windows 7 OS. I have begun to get used to linux, but am now delving into the impossible challenge of running windows applications in Wine. The programs I use most are the Adobe Creative Suite and World of Warcraft. Ive been using the WineHQ site and several others for 2 weeks now attempting to fix my problem, but invariably I run into a problem on a guide. Most of the time the guide will gloss over a specific step assuming that Linux veterans know what they are doing, and I become stuck.

I'm currently trying to install the new drivers from ATI. I have an ATI Mobility Radeon 4650. Im folowing the installer guide, and have run into problems in teh first 2 seconds. It tells me to navigate to the usr/share/ati folder, yet there is none.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 01:10 PM   #2
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usr/share/ati folder is likely created at some point during the installation... are you reading the readme file that came with the drivers or a guide from somewhere else? It might be a step was missed or something was forgotten to be mentioned.
 
Old 08-11-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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i simply went to the amd site
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx

and downloaded the driver, which was a .run file which couldnt be opened. the page came with a pdf that said intaller instructions so im following tha.

when i tried t click the .run file it read this

Could not open the file /home/david/Downloads/atr-10-7-x86.x86_64 (2).run.

and then says "gedit has not been able to detect the character encoding.
Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a character encoding from the menu and try again."
 
Old 08-11-2010, 01:22 PM   #4
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it sounds like it is believed the .run file for some reason is a text file. Try forcing it as an execute by running it in terminal? If that doesn't work in terminal do "ls -l" in the folder that contains it, it should confirm if it's executable (paste the results here if you do not how to tell if the file is an executable file)
 
Old 08-11-2010, 02:18 PM   #5
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You really don't want to be installing drivers that way on Ubuntu. Just use the restricted driver manager (or perhaps it's just called the "driver manager" these days) to tell Ubuntu to enable the driver it has in it's repository. It will be a slightly older version than the one on the ATI website, but it should install more easily and won't screw up files installed by Ubuntu package management.

Adam
 
Old 08-11-2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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BinaryDriverHowto/ATI - Community Ubuntu Documentation : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI
 
Old 08-12-2010, 03:32 PM   #7
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how do i run it as an executable file in terminal?
 
Old 08-12-2010, 03:35 PM   #8
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typing
Downloads/ati-driver-installer-10-7-x86.x86_64.run

yields
bash: Downloads/ati-driver-installer-10-7-x86.x86_64.run: Permission denied
 
Old 08-12-2010, 05:47 PM   #9
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Did you read the page craigevil recommended? It tells you exactly how to run that command.
 
Old 08-13-2010, 02:32 AM   #10
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yea i did. i got it figured out thanks guys
 
  


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