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05 Mar 2013
Ubuntu 12.10 + Steam + ATI

There’s a lot of information that comes up when you search for running Steam on Ubuntu. A lot of it is old, doesn’t work anymore, or tries to be so generic it covers every case. Well, I’ll have none of that. This post works for me, and maybe you, but not for everyone. This should take you 20 min, instead of the 3 hours it took me trying things.

My setup:

  • Ubuntu 12.10 64bit
  • 2x ATI 5830’s in CrossFire (should apply to any modern ATI cards)

Keep it simple:

  1. Grab Steam (it wasn’t in the software center for me) http://repo.steampowered.com/steam/archive/precise/steam_latest.tar.gz

  2. ATI Drivers Just get the latest Beta, the ones in Ubuntu’s proprietary and proprietary-updates are too old, and you won’t have a good time. 13.2-beta7 was the lastest at the time I installed, find the latest here:

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/linux/Pages/radeon_linux.aspx

Follow the guide below[1], but the jist is:

Get Deps:
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs dh-make dkms execstack dh-modaliases linux-headers-generic fakeroot

You’re on 64bit too, so get the 32bit libs

$ sudo apt-get install lib32gcc1
Get Drivers:
$ wget http://www2.ati.com/drivers/beta/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.2-beta7-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
$ unzip amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.2-beta7-linux-x86.x86_64.zip
$ chmod +x amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.2-beta7-linux-x86.x86_64.run
Build Drivers:
$ sudo sh ./amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.2-beta7-linux-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/quantal
Install (order matters):
$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx_*.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx-amdcccle*.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i fglrx-dev*.deb
Configure:
$ sudo aticonfig --initial -f
$ reboot
Test!
$ fglrxinfo
$ fgl_glxgears
# OOOO PURDY, Play Steam games now.
I messed up and want to go back!
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
$ reboot

#####Other AMD adds a watermark on their experimental drivers, this is slightly annoying and can be removed fairly easily[2]:

#!/bin/sh
DRIVER=/usr/lib/fglrx/xorg/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.so
echo "Come on AMD!"
for token in $DRIVER; do
echo "Removing AMD logo from "$token
for x in $(objdump -d $DRIVER|awk '/call/&&/EnableLogo/{print "\\x"$2"\\x"$3"\\x"$4"\\x"$5"\\x"$6}'); do
sed -i "s/$x/\x90\x90\x90\x90\x90/g" $DRIVER
done
done
echo "Reboot computer to finish"

Also with the beta7 I do get artifacts very minor artifacts on the desktop while not playing games. I’ll live with it.

Something change or need to be updated? FORK THIS POST! See link below to fork and send a pull request.

[1] http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Quantal_Installation_Guide#Installing_Catalyst_Manually_.28from_AMD.2FATI.27s_site.29_BETA.2FEXPERIMENTAL

[2] http://askubuntu.com/questions/206558/how-to-remove-the-amd-testing-use-only-watermark


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