How to Make the AMD/ATI Open Source Drivers Work on HP ProBook 450 G1 in Debian 8 ‘Jessie’

Debian 8 ‘Jessie’ doesn’t support the video drivers out of the box. Since Debian only contains the ‘free’ components by default, you have to add the ‘non-free’ components to your SourcesList to make the graphics driver work.

  • First, see whether Debian has detected your video card with the following command in terminal emulator:

lspci -nn | grep VGA

This would show the identified video cards.

  • Now you need to add ‘contrib’ and ‘non-free’ componenets to your SourceList for your video cards to work perfectly. For this, open terminal and execute the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

This would open the SourcesList file. Make sure contrib and non-free are there after main. Your SourcesList may look like this:

deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free

deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie main contrib non-free

deb http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie-updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://httpredir.debian.org/debian jessie-updates main contrib non-free

deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free

  • Save this file and close it.
  • Now update the list of available packages:

sudo apt-get update

  • Now install the following packages for the video cards to work:

sudo apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-video-ati

  • Now reboot your system to reload the GPU device firmware.
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