It’s been a long time since I started to use Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic. The main frustration over it was that I was unable to get my ATI Radeon HD3650 to work with the proprietary driver. A kernel panic would happen when X started.. Since the open-source drivers still don’t work that well with the HD series, I’ve started digging for some way to make it work. Yesterday I got it.

Really quick explanation, delete any fglrx driver you have from the repositories with:

sudo apt-get purge fglrx*

Next, download the driver from ATI’s site. Install it with (your version might be different than 9-12 and not x86_64):

sudo sh –buildandinstallpkg Ubuntu/karmic

Now we  have to configure the driver with:

sudo aticonfig –initial
sudo aticonfig –acpi-services=off

All done, reboot and you should be now using fglrx without a single issue. Have fun with those 3d games:)

Edit: Just tried and you can get the same result using the driver from the repository, so, instead of downloading, build and install it, you can just install it as bellow and configure it as above.

sudo apt-get instal xorg-driver-fglrx

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