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Gerry Adams Nov 12, 2013 @ 5:37am
How do I install AMD's drivers without breaking my system?
I'm using a Dell Inspiron 15 with a hybrid AMD Radeon 7730M along with an Intel 4000 HD. Previous attempts at installing have resulted in a black screen on boot. How can I install these drivers to allow me to play games?
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###O?qÿáÓ Nov 12, 2013 @ 1:59pm 
How did you install/uninstall the drivers?
anthro Nov 12, 2013 @ 2:50pm 
if you are using ubuntu there is a long thread on the community forums regarding amd/intel hybrid graphics http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1930450
jonasan Nov 13, 2013 @ 1:53am 
i'm not certain its possible on your machine.... perhaps the BIOS dosn't have the option (seem to be a few folk saying that online - guess it depends on the exact DELL model)....

but the simplest way to avoid issues with AMD drivers on switchable graphics laptops is to go into the BIOS and disable onBoard graphics.... then boot from the live CD and install your linux system of choice, followed by the latest catalyst driver. By disabling the conflicting onBoard graphics all should go well.

ofcourse, the problem with this is that you loose the switchable feature.... but if all you want is the amd graphics up and running so you get games performance, then this might work for you....

however, if Dell shipped your system without a BIOS option to disable the onBoard graphics... then anthro's suggestion of getting some help at the ubuntu forums is definately the best approach.... either that or rant at DELL until they give you a BIOS upgrade :)

best of luck
Gerry Adams Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:27am 
I managed to fix it. The problem I was having was when I installed the fglrx through terminal I wasn't installing fglrx-pxpress which fixed the hybrid graphics problem. When I plug in a second screen I get dual flickering. I managed to fix it using the method outlined here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/375425/dual-monitor-problems-screen-flicker-and-offset

Hope this solves someone elses problem.
Last edited by Gerry Adams; Nov 13, 2013 @ 2:28am
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