Drivers for ati radeon 9000 graphics card for 10.10

Asked by Charlie Dykgraaf on 2011-02-08

is there anyway I can get this drivers. I don't have internet at home, so I am not able to install the program or driver.

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The radeon 9000 will use the open driver if you don't download the proprietary driver. You could ask a buddy to pull it down for you and put it on a CD or USB stick SD/CF card etc.

First of all...if this is a laptop and you can use a wireless (or wired) network somewhere *other* than home, you should just use that to install the driver in the usual way (and you can update your system while you're at it). The rest of this post assumes that your computer never has access to the Internet.

As actionparsnip says, you can manually install the .deb packages for the driver and the Catalyst Control Center after manually downloading them on a computer with an Internet connection. But they depend on other packages you probably also don't have. Normally I'd ask you to check on your computer to see what packages you'd need to install, but I'm guessing that you might not be connected to the Internet most of the time, so that would create a considerable delay. So, I'll list the files you'll most likely need. (In case you're interested, the way I determined this was by seeing what packages were automatically installed when installing the proprietary ATi driver in an Ubuntu 10.10 live CD system.)

Which files you will need depends on whether you're running the amd64 or i386 architecture. amd64 means the 64-bit version of Ubuntu, and i386 means the 32-bit version. If you don't know, then open up a Terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type in the command "uname -m" (without the quotes) and press enter. If it says "x86_64" then your architecture is amd64. Otherwise (i.e., if it says "i386", "i586", or "i686"), your architecture is i386. (There are Ubuntu ports to other architectures than these, but I'm assuming you would have mentioned if your computer isn't a, there's no proprietary ATi driver available for those other architectures.)

If your architecture is amd64, these are the files you'll probably need:

But if your architecture is i386, get these instead:

On your Ubuntu machine, put these 11 files in a folder that contains nothing else. Then open a Terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). You will see a blinking block cursor to the right of a $ sign; this means that the Terminal is waiting on you, to enter commands.

Type in the text "sudo dpkg -Ri " (including the space at the end, but not including the quotes). Then drag the folder from Nautilus (your file browser) into the Terminal window. (That pastes its full path.) Then press enter. You may be prompted for your password. When you enter it, you will not see any placeholder characters (like *). That's OK, just type it in and press enter.

Once you see the $ followed by the blinking cursor again, it's finished. Whether or not it appears to have succeeded, copy all the text in the Terminal (Edit > Select All followed by Edit > Copy), open up a text editor (such as Applications > Accessories > Text Editor), paste in the text (Ctrl+V), and save the document. That way, if there are any problems, you will have that terminal log, which you can bring to whatever computer you use to access the Internet. You'll need to reboot your computer to finalize installation of the driver.

If you are unable to install the packages, or you are able to install them but the driver doesn't work, then please post again, and paste the entire contents of that file (i.e., all the text from the Terminal) here.

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