How to install Radeon Open Source Driver?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have an MSI Radeon HD 7850 card. MSI provide no Linux support, and the AMD driver gives me an Unsupported Hardware watermark that does not show up in screenshots.

I uninstalled the proprietary driver and found that Unity 3D no longer works, and I really only picked Ubuntu because of the excellent shortcuts provided in the recent versions.

Trying to locate the open source driver has been a pain for me. According to the documentation I have read it is pre-included in Ubuntu 12.04, yet there is no Unity 3D support. I tried using the newest drivers from AMD’s website, but that also had the watermark.

Does anyone know how I can get the open source driver? If not, does anyone know how to remove the watermark. I’m on the verge of going back to Windows.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Removing the watermark is very simple with a bit of cut and paste, then a command:

How to remove the “AMD Testing use only” watermark?

If you did want to use the open source drivers (which are not as feature complete) you just need to remove the fglrx driver:

sudo apt-get remove fglrx*

then ensure the open source one is installed. It should then be picked up:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati

The problem with the HD 7000 series is that support for it in the open source driver only arrived around Christmas, so unless you are running the xorg-edgers PPA you would be better off with just removing the watermark for now.

Method 2

to remove the driver not supporting your grafics card:
read the part and follow “Problem: Need to purge -fglrx” of this site:

ensure with synaptic if “radeon” driver (open source) is installed
the open source driver radeon should work then properly i hope 😀

Method 3

Just game on Windows if you have a Radeon card because they give no real support on the Linux platform.. and if you really want it badly there’s some one hour protocol which you can find here:

If you still want to live after being through this (and by miracle if the driver is properly installed) then congratulations.

With my ageing nvidia 960, the updates process is about one click on the software center panel and it’s good to go.

I guess this is why most people prefer not to knock-off their head and choose windows over this.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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