How to install AMD 13.1 legacy drivers on Ubuntu 13.04 [Guide]

ubuntu_logoSo you are a Ubuntu user and want to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.04 but can’t because you use AMD and your drivers won’t work on the latest Ubuntu. If that is the situation for you, then you have come to the right please because this guide shows you how to install AMD drivers on Ubuntu 13.04!


First thing’s first, you’ll need to downgrade xserver to 1.12. Open up a terminal and enter the following commands:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:makson96/fglrx
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade

Now, before we can proceed further, it is very important that you install linux-headers-generic. Do it by entering the command below in your terminal:

  •  sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic

After installing the ppa, and downgrading your xserver to 1.12 and installing linux-generic-headers, you’ll need to download the modified drivers. These are patched drivers.

Next we need to check and see that one header file is present. If a header file is not present, the installation will fail and output an error. The installer is looking for /usr/lib/modules/3.8.0-**-generic/build/version.h. If this file is not there, you will be able to find it at /usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-**-generic/include/linux/version.h. If you couldn’t find the file in /usr/lib/modules/ you should use the command below to copy it:

  •  sudo cp /usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-**-generic/include/linux/version.h /usr/lib/modules/3.8.0-**-generic/build
In your terminal window, cd into the directory in which you’ve extracted the patched drivers and enter the following command. This will start the install process:
  • sudo ./ –install
After installation has completed, it is time to configure:
  • sudo amdconfig –initial
After doing amdconfig you’ll need to reboot your machine. Once you’ve rebooted back into Ubuntu 13.04, verify that FGLRX is working. Do this by opening terminal and entering fglrxinfo. It should look something similar to this:

display: :0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics 
OpenGL version string: 3.3.11672 Compatibility Profile Context

Done! Enjoy!

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