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Hi, I have a problem upgrading the drivers for my ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. Having downloaded the latest version of the ATI Catalyst 9.7 Proprietary Linux x86 Display ...
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    Removing old ATI Catalyst Display driver


    Hi,

    I have a problem upgrading the drivers for my ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. Having downloaded the latest version of the ATI Catalyst 9.7 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver (ati-driver-installer-9-7-x86.x86_64.run), I am unable to proceed because I cannot figure out how to remove, as recommended in the installer instructions, the older version of this driver. The installer instructions provide only the following method:

    1 Launch the Terminal Application/Window and navigate to the /usr/share/ati
    folder
    2 With superuser permissions, enter the command "sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh"

    Upon doing this, however, the response in terminal is simply this: "sh: Can't open ./fglrx-uninstall.sh". Since AMD provides no other instructions, and since their support service explicitly tells me that they do not provide support for Linux users, I am now at a loss.

    So does anyone know how I can remove my old driver? If it cannot be done using the uninstall script, perhaps I can do it manually?

    Thank you for your time.

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    What distribution are you using?

    Did you install fglrx with your package manager before, or manually? If the former, you should also uninstall it via your package manager.

    sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh is pointing to a file in the directory you are currently in. The sh says, this is a shell script, even though the file isn't marked as executable, run it. ./ tells the shell not to look in $PATH for the executable, but look right where you are. And then the rest is just the name of the file, ie, fglrx-uninstall.sh.

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    Thank you for your quick response! It was certainly of great help to me, and I feel rather sheepish right now. I have previously downloaded drivers from ATI and installed them manually, but after my recent upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 I did indeed opt to let Ubuntu install these drivers for me. Solving my problem was as simple as clicking on [System] --> [Administration] --> [Hardware Drivers] and ticking a box for removing my proprietary graphics driver. It really doesn't get much more obvious than that. But without you asking the obvious question about how I originally installed my driver, I probably wouldn't have found this solution for quite some time still.

    So thanks again

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