ATI/AMD Catalyst Driver 13.1 for Linux-based systems has been released recently that brings various bug fixes and improvements. AMD has stated that this release fixes most of the problems encountered with Steam for Linux and it brings support for Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and XServer 1.13. You can review the release notes for AMD 13.1 here.

The PPA from xorg-edgers is available for the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04
  • Linux Mint 14/13
A- Automatic Installation (Recommended)

You can install the driver from PPA using this sequence of commands:

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

After finishing the installation, you need to remove the xorg-edgers PPA using these commands before rebooting your system:

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

B- Manual Installation

If you prefer to install the driver manually, you can go through all these steps, but I can't confirm that this may work for all users:

   1. Uninstalling The Current AMD Driver

Before starting the installation of this new driver, you need to remove your current driver using these commands:

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

Or

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

   2. Installing Dependencies

First of all, let's install some dependencies needed for creating the Debian packages out of the .run file. Open the terminal and enter these commands:

sudo apt-get install cdbs fakeroot build-essential dh-make debconf execstack dh-modaliases 
sudo apt-get install debhelper dkms libqtgui4 libstdc++6 libelfg0 unzip

Users of amd64 platforms (64-bit) need also to install these packages:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch i386 lib32gcc1 ia32-libs libc6-i386 ia32-libs

   3. Installing The AMD Driver

Via the terminal, download AMD Catalyst driver 13.1 with these commands:

mkdir -p ~/amd-driver && cd amd-driver 
wget -c http://goo.gl/gKM8v -O amd-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86_64.zip 
unzip -oq amd-catalyst-13.1-linux-x86_64.zip

Generate now Debian packages for your distribution with the following command:

sudo sh amd-driver-inst*.run --buildpkg `lsb_release -is`/`lsb_release -cs`

Install the driver with these commands:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb 
sudo aticonfig --initial 
sudo reboot
 
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