help, how do l download and install an ati/amd proprietary fglrx driver in ubuntu 8.10

Asked by pat.dervey on 2009-02-02

hello all, l need some help to download and install a driver for my onboard ati radeon hd3200 graphics adapter, if you have done this and can help l would appreciate this.
system is amd turon 2.0ghz 4gb ram ati radeon hd3200 on acer aspire 5535, windows vista with wubi install of ubuntu 8.10, everything is flying but this one problem has stopped me, l would like to enable visual effects but so far no luck, lm stuck with no visual effects on what is otherwise a superb laptop thanks everyone, ps if you have this laptop and want to compare notes l would love to hear from you. patrick

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Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #1

First, update your system (everything):
System -> Administration -> Update Manager

Second, activate the ati/amd proprietary fglrx driver
System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers

Click activate button, ubuntu will ask you to download the drivers.

I wish this will help you

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Curiously the Update Manager doesn't seem to update as much as using the "Mark all Updates" button in Synaptic Manager. It's good for the purpose above tho :)

Regards from
Tom :)

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #3

You are the expert Tom

Please try to install the xorg-driver-fglrx

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:
(if the system ask you a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xorg-driver-fglrx

Hope this helps

pat.dervey (pat-dervey) said : #5

hello tom and mohammad,
l really appreciate your help in this matter, am new to ubuntu and really like it, l am following both your lines of advice and will post back later,once again many thanks.

pat.dervey (pat-dervey) said : #6

marcobra, thanks for your reply, will try this next if no joy from previous, l can not believe how friendly and informative this forum has been, with help like this available ubuntu can only get better, l hope that as my knowledge of this system increases l too can pass on some help in the same generous way.

Tom (tom6) said : #7

Mohammad had the right answer first. It worked for me & i found that quirk about Synaptic afterwards. I just wanted to share ;)

pat.dervey (pat-dervey) said : #8

thanks all problem solved it looks and works a treat, now to figure out how to use that cube .
thank you all.

To get compiz advanced configuration settings please install


package... after installed you will have a compiz settings menu item:

System → Preferences → CompizConfig Settings Manager

To install it via terminal:

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:
(if the system ask you a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Hope this helps

Tom (tom6) said : #10

Brilliant, nicely done. Congrats and welcome to Linux, especially Ubuntu

Regards from
Tom :)

Mohammad Alhobayyeb (mih1406) said : #11

Happy to hear that

hola... estuve mirando y leyendo la ayuda de la persona mencionada (, y tambien la tuya, instale envyng... segui los pasos que das, instalo perfecto, o sea sin errores en el terminal, pero cuando lo reinicie se quedó bloqueado en la ventana de arranque de ubuntu.. en la de la rayita que carga...y la pantalla se dividio en 4, en la superior izquierda y superior derecha quedo la imagen congelada de ubuntu y la rayitade carga... en las inferiores derecha e izuqierda aparecen rayas de colores... como puedo recuperarel sistema, o como instalo bien mi ati... es una 9250...

Hi i was looking and reading the help of (, and i follow your help, I Installed enyng.. and follow the steps given, it installed perfect, i mean without mistakes in the terminal, buet when i reboot i was frozen in the launch window of ubuntu, where it have a line loading.. anfd then rhis window was divided in four widnows, rigth upper and left upper had an image of ubuntu line, and the other tow.. had lines of many colors.. can i repair my ubuntu?, how can i install correctly with out mistakes my ATI... it is ATI RADEON 9250, this machine is PIV, IBM, processor.. 2.4gh cache 533, 1 giga ram, disk 300 gigas,

Tom (tom6) said : #13


When you boot up do you get a menu with a few different options for booting into Ubuntu? If so the 2nd option should have "recovery mode" near the end of it's line. This recovery mode should get you to a blue menu with "Fix x-server" as an option. Hopefully "Fix x-server" and then "Resume normal boot" should fix this problem?

Good luck with this
Regards from