How to install ATI Radeon HD 2600 drivers in Ubuntu

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This tutorial will explain how to install ATI Radeon HD 2600 in Ubuntu

First of all, open a terminal window (Applications --> Accessories --> Terminal) and run the following command


You will see a big output, mine was near the bottom, find:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV630 [Radeon HD 2600 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV630/M76 audio device [Radeon HD 2600 Series]

This means you have an ATI Radeon 2600.

Now we need to download ATI card drivers from AMD home page

On the right, under Download Drivers:

Component Category = Graphics
Operating System: Linux x86 (if you have a 64bit system select the 64bit one)
Product Line: Radeon
Product Model: ATI Radeon 2xxx series

Click View Results

There was only 1 result for me, click Download, save it to your downloads folder.

When fully downloaded, go back to the terminal window and type in:

cd /home/username/Downloads

then type:

sudo sh

Note:-if the filename is different, then change the name.

You will be asked for your password, enter it, it will take a few seconds then launch an installer.

Select the first option, then click next, then use all the reccomended options. When finished, restart your computer.

To get sound working right click on the sound icon on the top right, click sound preferences.

Go to Output and select the RV630 or whichever your one is.

If the sound still doesnt work, go into a terminal window again and type:

killall pulseaudio

Then type:

sudo alsa force-reload

Enter your password, press enter. Sound should work

Dont forget to enable desktop effects, its well worth it:

Right click on the Desktop
Click Change Desktop Background
Click Visual Effects tab

Select Extra, it can take a while and the screen goes weird while it makes changes.

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11 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    What about EnvyNG ? That’s what I’ve been using, though I gave-up on ATI about a year ago and went all-in for Nvidia (because of h.264 acceleration).

  2. Jay says:

    bummer. this simple method doesn’t work for ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT cards. I figured it would, since it’s part of the 2xxx series. Figures. I hate ATI & Linux. Pathetic that they aren’t as easily usable as Nvidia cards are with Linux.

  3. xeros says:

    Reading the title I thought it will be an howto with open source driver upgrade 😉

  4. Aaron says:

    It’s gotten to the point that the open source drivers for ATI are pretty much on par with fglrx (ATI’s closed-source driver), except for gaming performance. Give it a few weeks and upgrade to Karmic Koala (10.04) when it comes out, and you will hopefully be pretty happy with the status of your video card in Linux. Compiz works great for me here, as does tear-free playback, suspend/resume, etc. 3D speed is still being worked on, but with a Radeon 2400, I’m guessing gaming isn’t a primary interest of yours anyway.

    xeros: Ditto. I was wondering if it would be a how-to on using xorg-edgers or a step-by-step for installing the git X/DRM/Mesa.

  5. Jay says:

    That’s correct, Aaron. I tried the 10.04 beta, and it was a no go. I just use my video card for dual monitors, which works flawlessly in 8.04 (& w/ desktop effects enabled).
    I haven’t had any luck with 9.10 either for my card series. I don’t even necessarily need compiz/3d effects to work. I just want to be able to play an HD video/move windows around w/o there being a TON of lag/crashing. Actually I can’t enable any sort of desktop effects in 9.10 – *

    Hopefully, some sort of support comes about for my HD radeon 2400 XT 😉

  6. bengi says:

    it don’t work on ati MOBILITY radeon HD 2600
    because the system freez, and the screen switch off.
    so I can do nothing and ctrl alt F2 is unreashable

  7. John Bokma says:

    Just installed Catalyst 10.7 following a similar method as outlined above (following the instructions by ATI/AMD) and it just works. I also have a ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, and am currently running Ubuntu 9.10. The computer is a Dell Vostro 200 ST.

  8. summersult says:

    emil@emil-desktop:~/Downloads$ sudo sh
    [sudo] password for emil:
    sh: Can’t open

    wtf happened? i don’t know what to do

  9. matrix says:

    `cuz u must do, in the place where driver was downloaded :
    $chmod a+x
    $sudo ./

    if u wanna look what the full name of driver is, type then:
    $ls -l

  10. Alexx says:

    Followed the instructions easily enough but failed to install telling me to look in file:
    /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log. This was what was in it,

    Detected a previous installation, /usr/share/ati/
    Dryrun uninstall succeeded continuing with installation.
    Uninstalling any previously installed drivers.
    Forcing uninstall of AMD Catalyst(TM) Proprietary Driver.
    No integrity verification is done.
    restore of system environment completed
    Uninstall fglrx driver complete.
    For detailed log of uninstall, please see /etc/ati/fglrx-uninstall.log
    System must be rebooted to avoid system instability and potential data loss.
    /usr/share/ati/ completed with 0
    Unloading radeon module…
    ERROR: Module radeon is in use
    Unloading drm module…
    ERROR: Module drm is in use by i915,radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    [Message] Kernel Module : Trying to install a precompiled kernel module.
    [Message] Kernel Module : Precompiled kernel module version mismatched.
    [Message] Kernel Module : Found kernel module build environment, generating kernel module now.
    AMD kernel module generator version 2.1
    doing Makefile based build for kernel 2.6.x and higher
    rm -rf *.c *.h *.o *.ko *.a .??* *.symvers
    make -C /lib/modules/3.2.0-23-generic-pae/build SUBDIRS=/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-23-generic-pae’
    CC [M] /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.o
    /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c: In function ‘KCL_fpu_begin’:
    /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:5812:28: error: ‘TS_USEDFPU’ undeclared (first use in this function)
    /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.c:5812:28: note: each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in
    make[2]: *** [/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x/firegl_public.o] Error 1
    make[1]: *** [_module_/lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod/2.6.x] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-23-generic-pae’
    make: *** [kmod_build] Error 2
    build failed with return value 2
    [Error] Kernel Module : Failed to compile kernel module – please consult readme.
    [Reboot] Kernel Module : update-initramfs


    Line 25 certainly looks like a killer. Always had trouble setting this up, envyNG worked with 8.04, System is newly installed ubuntu 12.04, dual monitors set up was so easy. Without driver allegro programs running at below snail speed. Help appreciated.

  11. alexx says:

    Adding to post above:
    Tried booting from desktop cd, same ubuntu 12.04. The error in the make was the same as above. Kernel is 3.2.0-23-generic-pae

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