marți, 9 octombrie 2012

ubuntu hp probook 4530s with radeon 6490m drivers

Update: Ubuntu 12.10 64bit works fine with Steam games work with this setup.

Below instructions are old.

This page is about how to install the amd radeon driver on Ubuntu/Linux Mint 13 on Laptop HP 4530s ProBook. By installing this driver, your laptop will get a lot cooler, battery will last max 4 hours and 45 min if switched to the intel graphics card.

Validated stack: (configuration that worked on a fresh install):
linuxmint-13-kde-dvd-64bit.iso + 
(The screen no longer is black after reboot with intel driver activated.)

The original installation instructions can be found on: Most of the linux commands are pasted from there.

I am creating this page to prove that can be installed on Linux Mint 13 and to remind me of how to install again video drivers.

  • Laptop HP 4530s with RADEON 6490m
  • I didn't make any bios updates. 
  • Make sure that the discrete graphics card isn't disabled in bios.
  • Has clean installation of Linux Mint 13 64 bit

  • If Intel Power Saving GPU mode is selected from "AMD Catalyst Control Center (Administrative)":
    • Can have up to 4 hours 45 minutes of battery life.
    • Temperature is very low. (Left side of touchpad is cool)
    • Low fan noise level. (Fan runs on lowest level)
  •  If "High Performance GPU" is selected from "AMD Catalyst Control Center (Administrative)"
    • Can have up to 2 hours 15 min of battery life.
    • Medium fan noise level.
    • Temperature is a bit higher than on Intel GPU, but way cooler than default Ubuntu installation drivers.

Installation Steps: (copy-paste the following into a terminal window)
sudo apt-get update
sudo sh /usr/share/ati/
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
#answer with 'Y' if asked:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf
sudo apt-get install libstdc++6 dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases 
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
#For 64 bit only:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch  i386 lib32gcc1 libc6-i386

Download the driver from AMD site-->drivers-->and select RADEON 6000m series. I downloaded "". Extract the file amd-driver-installer-*.run contained in the downloaded zip if you downloaded as a zip. "cd" to the location of amd-driver-installer-*.run (~/Downloads/ in my case)and run the following in the terminal:
cd ~/Downloads/
chmod +x amd-driver-installer-*.run
sudo sh amd-driver-installer-*.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/precise
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
sudo aticonfig --initial

Reboot the system.

Type "amd catalyst control center" in Dash Home and open "AMD Catalyst Control Center (Administrative)", type your root password, select Switchable Graphics tab from left panel, and chose your favorite GPU. A reboot is required each time after you switch the GPU from Catalyst Control Center.

Over 4h of battery life on Mint 13 KDE 64 bit + AMD driver version 12.6 with 3D KDE effects disabled with [Alt+Shift+F12] and with screen brightness reduced to minimum:

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