ObjectiveThe objective is to install AMD Radeon Drivers on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Linux. The article will also explore a possible driver upgrade to a latest amdgpu-pro driver version.
Operating System and Software Versions
- Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Linux
RequirementsPrivileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via
sudocommand is required.
- # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of
- $ - given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user
Other Versions of this TutorialUbuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa)
Open Source DriversUnless you have a specific requirements, the open source AMD Radeon drivers available as part Ubuntu's standard repository Mesa releases is all you need to get your AMD Radeon VGA up and running. This means that the AMD Radeon drivers are most likely already installed on your system.
The following command will provide you with an information about your AMD Radeon VGA card:
$ lspci -vnn | grep 'VGA' 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Tobago PRO [Radeon R7 360 / R9 360 OEM] [1002:665f] (rev 81) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])To check for the installed AMD Radeon driver version first install the
$ sudo apt install mesa-utilsOnce ready, run
glxinfocommand to retrieve more information about the AMD Radeon driver installation on your current Ubuntu system:
$ glxinfo -B
PPA RepositoryIf from some reason the Ubuntu default open source AMD Radeon graphic card driver support is not up to your desires you may wish to upgrade the driver to a newer driver version using third-party PPA repository.
Upgrading your Mesa packages via 3rd-party PPA repository is not recommended and you may end up with a broken system.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oibaf/graphics-driversOnce ready all is needed is to upgrade and reboot your system:
$ sudo apt upgradeFor more information visit ppa:oibaf/graphics-drivers repository page.
Official AMD Radeon supportIn case that you have a specific requirements you may attempt to install AMD Radeon drivers using the official amdgpu-pro driver.
Head over to AMD Download Page and check for an availability of amdgpu-pro driver support for your AMD VGA card.
$ tar -xf amdgpu-pro-*.tar.xz $ cd amdgpu-*/ $ ./amdgpu-pro-install -yOnce ready reboot your system:
$ sudo rebootFor more information about how to install amdgpu-pro driver on Ubuntu system, visit the official AMD documentation page.