[kwlug-help] Help with AMD-ATI graphics problem on Ubuntu 12.04

Robert Campbell raibert at gto.net
Thu Apr 11 06:04:53 EDT 2013

On 13-04-10 02:04 PM, Paul Nijjar wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:39:07PM -0400, nadeem lawji wrote:
>> However, I still am a windows trained pc user.  Which means I know nothing
>> about command line stuff, or how to fix non-compliant hardware problems
>> with an update telling me to hit "update now".  So, when finding
>> 'solutions' in the forums and whatnot, I am cut and pasting, but not
>> understanding what  fglrx,  xorg, catalyst, vesa, and all these sorts of
>> things are.  Recently, I came across a post that says there is no fix for
>> the ati 5xxxx graphics cards, which mine appears to be.
>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1930450
> That post says: "If you do not own a AMD hybrid graphic card, please
> leave this thread, and post your problems in a thread made for AMD
> single graphic or Intel single graphic." As far as I can tell you have
> only AMD stuff, since you are using onboard video.
> Based upon the specs for your processor, I suspect that you have a
> Radeon HD 7480D graphics card built into the processor. Is that
> correct?
> http://shop.amd.com/ca/All/Detail/Processor/AD5300OKHJBOX?SearchFacets=category%3AProcessor
> I looked at this post:
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=361236&p=12387917#post12387917
> which says that the suggested solution is to install the proprietary
> Catalyst drivers for Ubuntu 12.10 . But there may be a number of steps
> to do this.
> Do you have any other links that suggest that this is not going to
> work?
>> I guess what I'm asking is if anyone knows this problem, and can help me
>> fix it - I feel I'm spinning my wheels folowing all these different
>> solutions being thrown at me from the forums.  Face time would be great,
>> but I'll take email help too.  But another question I have, is if there is
>> another version of Linux I could look into until I get this sorted out.
>> Having XP in a partition is bugging me, and I'd really prefer to go back to
>> ubuntu/linux only.
> I think that going with a bleeding edge version of Ubuntu (12.10 or
> 13.04) might be a workaround, but I do not know for sure.
> I could potentially help you troubleshoot this if we can arrange a
> time to meet and for you to bring your computer down. Send me an email
> off-list. (Other people are welcome to jump in and help you as well.)
>> my processor and mb are(no graphics card, it's onboard graphics):
>> A4 Series Dual-core A4-5300 3.4GHz Desktop Processor
>> GIGABYTE GA-F2A55M-HD2 (rev. 1.0)
> - Paul
The Linux version of Catalyst from the AMD site cleared up all the 
problems that I was having with my graphics card.

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