I just bought a graphics card, specifically this one. It's AMD-made.
I've never done much on the hardware side of my PC. I would like to know: Do I really need AMD Catalyst (or whatever) drivers?

Will it work without drivers?
What difference does it make if I do or don't install them?


  • What operating system are you using? – fixer1234 Dec 16 '14 at 17:16
  • Windows 7 Enterprise and possibly Debian. – IBPX Dec 17 '14 at 18:22

Using the proprietary graphics driver makes a big difference in performance in Linux compared to using the built-in open source graphics driver. In one of your questions you mentioned that you are running Ubuntu. In Ubuntu run the following command from the terminal to identify the recommended proprietary graphics driver to install:

ubuntu-drivers devices  

Then you can install it with the usual sudo apt-get install command.

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    Congratulation Sir for guessing what is the OS with NO mention in tags or user's question... :-D – climenole Dec 16 '14 at 11:52

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