Update:  ATI AMD Catalyst 12.2 Released

The ATI AMD Catalyst 12.1 driver for Linux has been released. Here are some of the new features for this new release:

  • Radeon HD 7970 Support
  • Better Support For SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (SLED11 / Service Pack 2)
  • Fixing many resolution-related problems for Ubuntu 11.10
  • Fixing Some Known Gnome Shell Screen Glitches
You should know that GNOME Shell still doesn't' work with dual-head mode in this latest driver release. Before we show you the installation steps, you should know that we are not liable for any damage that this may cause to your system, install the driver at your own risk. You can download directly the installation file from here for manual setup.

ATI AMD Catalyst 12.1 Driver Installation

To install ATI AMD Catalyst 12.1 Driver under Ubuntu 11.10/11.04, remove first the old driver with these commands:

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

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

Then run the following commands to start the installation of the driver:

cd ~/; mkdir catalyst12.1; cd catalyst12.1/

wget -O amd-driver-installer-12-1-x86.x86_64.run http://goo.gl/bHxHw

chmod +x amd-driver-installer-12-1-x86.x86_64.run

sh ./amd-driver-installer-12-1-x86.x86_64.run

Follow now setup instructions:

Next, update the X.org file using this command:

sudo aticonfig --initial -f

Reboot the system to finish your installation.

That's it!