AMD Catalyst 12.12 has just been released, coming with more bug fixes and is based on fglrx 9.01. We don't know much about this new release, but it generally improves support for more AMD graphics cards and Steam client for Linux.

In this tutorial, we will see how to install AMD Catalyst 12.12 from PPA or manually via the driver's .run file as shown below. The PPA is available for the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04
  • Linux Mint 14/13
AMD Catalyst 12.12 Installation

   1. Automatic Installation

Open the terminal and issue these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install fglrx-installer

It's recommended that you remove the xorg-edgers PPA to avoid installing unwanted packages on your system. You can remove it with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update

   2. Manual Installation

Before installing a new AMD driver, we need first to uninstall the current one. To do this, run these two commands from the terminal:

sudo sh /usr/share/ati/ 
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev* xorg-driver-fglrx

For manual installation of the AMD Catalyst 12.12 driver, issue this sequence of commands:

sudo apt-get install unzip 
cd /tmp && wget -c -O 
unzip 9.01*EDG*.zip 
chmod +x amd*9.01*.run 
sudo sh amd*9.01*.run

When you finish the installation, run these commands:

sudo aticonfig --initial -f 
sudo reboot