January 13, 2014 by Nikos
Turns out these series have been abandoned by everyone in terms of support, Ubuntu, Fedora, even AMD/ATI. Which makes it extremely difficult for me to install a Linux distro and expect to be able to try out/play games. AMD produced a Legacy Catalyst driver for these series a while back that has now been removed from it’s website. For those of you who are going nuts and are on the verge of finally getting a new card, there is a way. Fount this guy in Launchpad.net who has written a very good guide for this explaining what works, what doesn’t and what’s ambivalent. The key, it seems, is to downgrade the X-Server to a version that works. So the steps are these:
1)Install Ubuntu 12.04.2 Precise Pangolin(12.04.2 is specific because it doesn’t work with 12.04.3)(With 12.10 and 13.04 it’s not 100% sure it’ll work, they are mentioned as “might work”)
2)Install some headers from quantal:
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic-lts-quantal
3)To use Catalyst Legacy 13.1 you need to do the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:makson96/fglrx
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install fglrx-legacy
4)And restart your computer.
Running fglxinfo gives me correct data:
display: :0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
OpenGL version string: 3.3.11672 Compatibility Profile Context
and running fgl_glxgears I can see the gears spinning like crazy.
Tried Broken Sword 5 and The Cave(Steam version) and they played flawlessly.Eventually we will have to get a new card but at least it can wait till the time is right!