ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 on Linux/Ubuntu

*** This post was imported from my previous blog, last edit on 17/11/2012 ***

Posted by Tom Desair Sep 11, 2009 12:10:54

After cruising the internet for several days I’ve been able to install the proprietary Linux drivers from ATI for my Mobility HD 3650 on my HP EliteBook 8530p.

Here’s a small how-to for the installation:

First follow this guide: using the “Installing the drivers manually ” section.

*WARNING*: The last supported driver version for this card is 12-6. Download it using the command:

*WARNING 2*: Several people told me that there are problems with Ubuntu 12.10 and its version of X.Org server. I don’t have a solution to this yet because I use Ubuntu 12.04 at the moment.

BUT BEFORE YOU RESTART you also have to run the following command:
sudo aticonfig --acpi-services=off

Now you’re good to go and you can restart your system. Normally everything should be working fine. If this is not the case, you can uninstall the ATI driver using:
sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*

And then replace the xorg.conf file with the original one (both found in the /etc/X11/ directory)

Installing the proprietary drivers also increases a lot the battery life of the HP 8530p because now you can use ATI’s PowerPlay. Let me know in the comments below if this worked for you or not and if you are still experiencing problems with the driver.

Greetz and good luck,



  1. Are there any updates to this post since?
    I am using a 8530w with a hd3650. running 12.10, i tryed installing the drivers from ATI directly but my whole system crashed, I was wondering if you have tried anything else in the mean time regarding 12.10 and the drivers.

    • No I haven’t had any time to upgrade my version of Ubuntu to 12.10. A friend of mine told me that the 12-6 ATI driver version is incompatible with the XOrg version of Ubuntu 12.10. A possible solution is to downgrade XOrg to the version of Ubuntu 12.04 (that’s 1.11.3), but this can give possible conflicts with the version of Unity that Ubuntu 12.10 uses. Another solution is to use the open source radeon drivers, but I know that’s not ideal. I’m sorry but I don’t have a better solution at the moment.

  2. ty very much for this.
    I am new at linux and i had problems with drivers.
    thank you:)

  3. i had the same problem with 13.04

  4. now 13.1 driver available for 3650

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