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I've followed a few different on-line guides, but they're not working right.

This is a clean Ubuntu install (wiped partitions and installed twice now) with an HIS HD3870 card...

Ideas, suggestions or a link to a good how-to would be much appreciated.
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Did you try this one (method 2)?

http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubu...allation_Guide


If you don't want to create packages, you can simply run the install script directly, but this is a bit harder in that it won't tell you if any errors occur. However, it usually works, if you make sure to have all the dependencies installed first. It's what I do most of the time to install my drivers, and not counting the times it fails because of missing dependencies, it works for me all the time. You can also use Envy.

This is how I do it:
Download the latest 8.3 driver from AMD/ATI's website. Open up a terminal and do the following...

Code:
sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms ia32-libs
cd /<location of installer>
sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86.run
... and let the installer do its thing (just select the automatic installation option). When it finishes, go back to the terminal and type...

Code:
cd
sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
... and reboot.

A few notes on dependencies. Most of the package requirements I gave at the beginning are for package generation so you'll probably won't need them, but it does not hurt to have them in your system. You may also need to install the dependencies specified on ATI's website:

Code:
XFree86-Mesa-libGL   
 libstdc++   
 libgcc   
 XFree86-libs   
 fontconfig   
 freetype   
 zlib   
 gcc
... but they were already installed on my Ubuntu install; make a check with synaptic anyways. ia32-libs is only needed on 64bit systems.
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I tried the Ubuntu Wiki method...I'll try what you posed this evening. Thanks a ton.

I'm a 24 year DOS/Windows veteran and IT Professional Super Geek. Just finally now trying my hand and Linux. I'm going nuts absorbing all the terminology (packages, package generation, dependencies, "sudo", etc.)

I needed a new learning challenge...Windows has been turning my brain to mush lately.
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Thank you...the ATI driver is installed...but compiz won't work.

I get "Desktop effects could not be enabled."

Ideas?
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Code:
sudo gedit /usr/bin/compiz
Somewhere in that file there is a line with "Whitelisted" drivers. Add fglrx to the list and save the file.

Also, make sure the driver is really installed. In a terminal type...

Code:
 fglrxinfo
... and something like this should come up...

Code:
principe@magicbox:~$ fglrxinfo
display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7414 Release
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I've done it at least 4 times successfully.

This method will work guaranteed on Ubuntu 7.10 (works on Mint Daryna too)

Step 1: Download the drivers
Step 2: sudo apt-get install build-essential fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++5 dkms
Step 3: cd to wherever you downloaded it (should be to desktop)
Step 4: sudo sh ati-driver-installer-8-3-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/gutsy
This will create package specific .debs.
Step 5: sudo dpkg -i xorg-driver-fglrx_8.471-0*.deb fglrx-kernel-source_8.471-0*.deb fglrx-amdcccle_8.471-0*.deb
This just installs everything in one go, running the packages individually (same order!) works too.
Step 6: Reboot (full reboot, not just ctrl-alt-backspace)
Step 7: sudo aticonfig --initial
sudo aticonfig --overlay-type=Xv
Step 8: ctrl-alt-backspace!
Optional: Open catalyst, if it opens then everything is working correctly.

And you're done! If you want full Compiz effects then just install the compiz config settings manager (just search the repository for compiz and it should come up). I'll warn you though that due to a flaw in both the driver and X that you won't be able to watch movies or play opengl games without screen flicking while compiz is enabled.
    
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fglrx was missing from the whitelist. Crazy, I have a lot of catching up to do with Linux.

Thanks for the help.
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It's not there because the older fglrx could not do Compiz without XGL, so in order to avoid problems the Compiz devs simply blacklisted the driver. The files haven't been updated as far as I know, but when you generate packages, the installer overwrites some files with its own, to allow proper Compiz functionality. This doesn't happen when you install by way of the .run file (for some reason).
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