How To Install AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta On Linux Systems

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta drivers for Linux have been recently released. Among others, it comes with support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Suite 6.4 and 6.5, SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP3, openSUSE 13.1, Ubuntu 12.04.3 and Ubuntu 13.10. For more information about this release and a list of supported GPUs, see the release notes.

How To Install AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta On Linux Systems

System requirements:

  • Xorg/Xserver 7.4 and above (up to 1.15)
  • Linux kernel 2.6 or above (up to 3.13)
  • glibc version 2.2 or 2.3

In this article I will show you how to install the AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta drivers on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mageia and OpenMandriva.

Because the drivers are not available via any repository, we have to download the the zip archive from the official site, extract it, set execution permissions:

$ wget -c www2.ati.com/drivers/beta/Linux_AMD_Catalyst_14.3_Beta_V1.0_B22_March12_2014.zip
$ unzip Linux_AMD_Catalyst_14.3_Beta_V1.0_B22_March12_2014.zip
$ cd fglrx*
$ sudo chmod +x amd-driver-installer*.run

Kill the display manager, which can either be: kdm for KDE, gdm for Gnome, lightdm for LXDE and XFCE (i think), mdm (for Linux Mint):

$ sudo /etc/init.d/kdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm stop
OR:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/mdm stop

And finally, run the AMD Catalyst binary file:

$ sudo ./amd-driver-installer*.run

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