I've updated the kernel on my Linux Mint following this tutorial. But now, when I try to install the latest fglrx, I'm getting this error:

Check if system has the tools required for installation. fglrx installation requires that the system have kernel headers. /lib/modules/3.5.0-030500-generic/build/include/linux/version.h cannot be found on this system. One or more tools required for installation cannot be found on the system. Install the required tools before installing the fglrx driver. Optionally, run the installer with --force option to install without the tools. Forcing install will disable AMD hardware acceleration and may make your system unstable. Not recommended.

I tried to run sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r), but it says it's already the latest version. Any help?

  • The package manager seems to be saying that the headers should be there. Is it possible that something has trashed the headers directory? Maybe try forcing a reinstall of the headers to make sure they're present.
    – killermist
    Oct 3, 2012 at 15:22

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Rather than an answer, I will give you some questions :). Are you sure that you have booted into your new kernel? What is the output of uname -a? What are the contents of /lib/modules/ ?

My guess is that you have simply not loaded your new kernel.

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    Thanks a lot! Your answer helped me to figure it out by myself, I was missing symbolic link /lib/modules/3.5.0-030500-generic/build linking to /usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-030500-generic Sep 16, 2012 at 13:21
  • I have the same issue. This is the list of all version.h files that I have in my Fedora 20 desktop. /usr/src/kernels/3.12.9-301.fc20.x86_64/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/kernels/3.12.9-301.fc20.x86_64/include/xen/interface/version.h /usr/src/kernels/3.12.9-301.fc20.x86_64/include/config/arch/want/compat/ipc/parse/version.h /usr/src/kernels/3.12.9-301.fc20.x86_64/include/uapi/linux/dvb/version.h /usr/include/alsa/version.h /usr/include/linux/dvb/version.h /usr/include/linux/version.h What shall I do?
    – noufal
    Feb 8, 2014 at 2:09
  • @noufal please post a new question explaining your issue. The issue here was that the OP had not booted into their new kernel.
    – terdon
    Feb 8, 2014 at 14:40

It may be that the installer/driver only works with kernels up to 3.4 - "Automated installer and Display Drivers for Xorg 6.9 to Xserver 1.12 and Kernel version up to 3.4" from amd website. For me with a later kernel (3.8.0-33) it didn't reject the kernel version but fails and can't find /lib/modules/3.8.0-33-generic/build/include/linux/version.h - apt-file tells me no such file exists.

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