ATI Linux Video Driver 9.8 now Supports Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

AMD HAS RELEASED a new version of its proprietary ATI Catalyst Linux display driver for both x86 and x86_64 systems.

The ATI Catalyst 9.8 suite updates the software to version 8.64 and supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8 -- and therefore most Red Hat based Linux distros -- as well as the current Debian based Ubuntu 9.04 known as Jaunty Jackalope.

The release also supports RandR 1.2 to manage display rotation, desktop sizing and multiple display arrangement.

It also works better for users of the popular Ubuntu 9.04 who use multi ASIC configurations. They can now use normal mouse cursor movement between displays, which means the end of the static cursor.

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15 Responses

  1. TK says:

    What does it mean that “32-Bit packages must be installed for 64-Bit Linux drivers to install or work.”? I’m running 9.04 64-bit, so what should I install?

  2. David says:

    Finally! Hopefully this fixes the unsupported hardware with new video cards.

  3. Ryu says:

    According to AMD’s release notes, this new driver sadly still does not support “older” video cards (eg. my Radeon X1900 XT – R5xx chipset).

    Still disapointed with AMD’s/Ubuntu’s support on this matter :/

  4. TK says:

    Installed it last night, only to find that it wiped my xorg.conf file. Now, not only do I not have the speed of a proprietary graphics driver, I don’t even have the opensource driver configured in X. Time to scour the intertubes…

  5. Jason says:

    @TK yeah that’s why I just gave up, sold my ATI card and bought a NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+

  6. chosun says:


    IIRC, ATI/AMD’s announcement extended quarterly updates of their legacy cards to Windows only. For all intents and purposes, they unequivocally stated that legacy support for linux ended with the release of Catalyst 9.3 (03.2009), and recommended linux users with >1.5 old cards to move to the opensource drivers.

  7. TK says:

    @Jason afaik, I can’t sell an integrated laptop video card, so I’m under the bus 🙂

  8. David says:

    Supports my video card now but sadly it doesn’t solve the video tearing problems 🙁

  9. Barry says:

    P4 2.8, 2GB ram, 80gb hd (secondary hd using for linux), ATI radeon 3650 agp, Win xp pro / ubuntu 9.04 dual boot system.

    Used the installer program in 9.04, installed catalyst just fine w/sudo, after restart, the graphic quality went from bad to worse. The capability without the drivers is beyond poor, yet with the drivers / catalyst installed, it’s completely unusable.

  10. Neven says:

    You all could try to visit this link

    I was and it work for me great!!!
    I hope that will help to some of you!

  11. Neven says:

    Maybe I’m stupid but first time when I tried to do this I was change all “Jaunty” in configuration file with “Interpid”, and of course downgrade didn’t go well. Be careful the word is “Intrepid”!!!

    Hope this will help some newbie, like I am!

  12. Andy F says:

    Still no love for the Radeon 9550…. 🙁

  13. Barely says:

    Don’t believe it, it still doesn’t work as it should. ATI never has and never will aid in creating an effective driver for any distro of linux. I have ubuntu 9.10 and used three methods, including the now avaliable catalyst package through ubuntu’s software center, and they have all yielded the same result, a screen full of garbled mess. Even after trying several workarounds found online, I am still unable to have a functional desktop in gnome. I’m now finding out that expecting adequate driver support from ATI is completely futile. I used to be hardcore ATI do to it’s affordabilty for graphics cards in windows environment, Linux users seem to have hardly any success utilizing an ATI card to a fraction of it’s capabilities. I’m going to run over this video card with my car on my way to buy an Nvidia card.

  14. Zak says:

    What it all comes back to is that in using a minority o/s like ubuntu, it pays to support the vendors who support linux, nvidia is one such company at this point in time. I dont see that changing any time soon.

  15. sampath says:

    hey people im new to ubuntu i insatlled ubuntu 9.04 amd64 on my laptop.mine laptop is a compaq 515 with amd athlon 64 processor and ati radeon hd 3200 graphics card,i enabled ati catalyst driver but when i enable visual effects the desktop flickers,is there a better version of the driver please

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