Update ATI AMD Catalyst 12.1 driver for Linux is available, you can check it here.

We have previously seen how to install AMD Catalyst 11.11 under Ubuntu 11.10. In this guide we will also help you install the next version: AMD Catalyst 11.12 for Linux. This new version comes with more new features like the support of AMD OpenGL 4.2 with enhancements in the AMD Eyefinity technology as well as enhancements in AMD Vision Engine Control Center for Dual Graphics.

For smooth installation, it is recommended to uninstall currently availabe Catalyst driver. To do this, use these commands from the terminal:

 sudo sh /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh

 sudo apt-get remove –purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx

To install the AMD Catalyst 11.12 Linux driver now on Ubuntu 11.10 (32-bit & 64-bit) or any older version, run this sequence of commands:

cd ~/; mkdir catalyst11.12; cd catalyst11.12/

wget -O ati-driver-installer-11-12.run http://goo.gl/BF35b

chmod +x ati-driver-installer-11-12.run

sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-12.run

Then follow setup instructions:

Make now an update for the X.org file with this command:

sudo aticonfig --initial -f

Finally, reboot your system. Your driver is now installed on your system.

Note: Some users may not succeed in installing the driver due to hardware compatibility issues.

Warning: Install this driver at your own risk! We are not liable for any damage that may result from the use of this tutorial.

Good luck!