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Install AMD ATI Proprietary FGLRX Driver + AMD APP SDK + Pyrit + CAL++ + Helpful ATIconfig FGLRX Commands

Install AMD ATI proprietary fglrx driver in Kali Linux 1.0.6

Kali dev team added new version of AMD ATI proprietary fglrx driver which is now available via Kali Linux repositories. That means, This guide is less complicated and everything should work out of the box instead of messing about with Debian Jessie repository.

Step by step guide to install proprietary fglrx driver in Kali Linux

Following instructions were tested on 64-bit Kali Linux 1.0.6 running Kernel version 3.12.6:

lsb_release -a


No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Debian
Description:    Debian GNU/Linux Kali Linux 1.0.6
Release:    Kali Linux 1.0.6
Codename:   n/a

Step 1 (add official Kali Linux Repositories)

Check your /etc/apt/sources.list. If it’s anything different to the following, you need to fix it. You can follow this guide to add official Kali Linux Repositories if you’re not too sure on how to do it. For the sake of clarity I will keep things simple here.

leafpad /etc/apt/sources.list

Remove or comment out existing lines and add the following:

## Kali Regular repositories
deb kali main non-free contrib
deb kali/updates main contrib non-free
## Kali Source repositories
deb-src kali main non-free contrib
deb-src kali/updates main contrib non-free

Step 2 (update with apt-get)

Now we need to update and make sure we get the latest list from Kali Linux official repositories. So perform an apt-get update.

apt-get update

Step 3 (install Linux headers and recommended softwares)

Now that we have the correct repositories we can add these following recommended apps. The most important part is to add the correct headers.

apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree 
apt-get install amd-opencl-icd 
apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

NOTE: You should be able to get all these from Kali Linux repositories as added/updated from Step 1 above. When this guide was written, all these were available in the Kali Repositories.

Step 4 (install fglrx drivers and control)

Almost done, just install fglrx drivers and control. The best part is that it’s all you need to do. Debian Jessie fixed the issues with fglrx and latest driver, so once you install these drivers, everything just works.

apt-get install fglrx-atieventsd fglrx-driver fglrx-control fglrx-modules-dkms -y

NOTE: At this point, you will see bunch of popups (we see those hardly in Linux, but aptitude pops up with request to update some libraries(opencl and glx) and restart services such as network etc., I have chosen YES to all of them. My installation of Kali is still working and I am yet to find a problem. Your experience might be different.

Once the installation if finished, we need to test if it was all good.

Step 5 (testing your installation and generate xorg.conf file)

Now that our installation is all good and went without an error, we need to test fglrx drivers. You can test fglrx using the following two commands:


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If everything worked well, you can generate xorg.conf file using the following command

aticonfig --initial -f

xorg.conf file will be located at /etc/X11 folder.

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Step 6 (update grub.cfg file and reboot)

Almost there. AMD cards needs the following parameters passed into grub.cfg during boot. Let’s do that: Edit the grub.cfg file:

leafpad /boot/grub/grub.cfg

you see this:

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Debian GNU/Linux, with Linux 3.12-kali1-amd64' --class debian --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
    insmod gzio
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos5)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 129deb3c-0edc-473b-b8e8-507f0f2dc3f9
    echo    'Loading Linux 3.12-kali1-amd64 ...'
    linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.12-kali1-amd64 root=UUID=129deb3c-0edc-473b-b8e8-507f0f2dc3f9 ro initrd=/install/gtk/initrd.gz quiet
    echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    initrd    /boot/initrd.img-3.12-kali1-amd64

add radeon.modeset=0 in the end of the following line

linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.12-kali1-amd64 root=UUID=129deb3c-0edc-473b-b8e8-507f0f2dc3f9 ro initrd=/install/gtk/initrd.gz quiet

So the line above becomes this:

linux    /boot/vmlinuz-3.12-kali1-amd64 root=UUID=129deb3c-0edc-473b-b8e8-507f0f2dc3f9 ro initrd=/install/gtk/initrd.gz quiet radeon.modeset=0

Note: 129deb3c-0edc-473b-b8e8-507f0f2dc3f9 UUID would be different for every PC. Use your one here.

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Save and exit. Then reboot.


Once you reboot, your should be able to login in GUI and enjoy your AMD ATI proprietary driver (fglrx) in Kali Linux 1.0.6 running Kernel version 3.12.6.

Step 7 (run ATI Catalyst Control Center)

Run ATI Catalyst Control Center from Applications Menu > System Tools > Preferences > ATI Catalyst Control Center.

You should be able to launch amdcccle and make changes as required.


There’s more that you can do using Aticonfig. You can change fan speed or setup multiple monitors or directly check GPU temperatures. I have show them in the end of this post with a compilation of useful aticonfig commands. However, I found that some commands were removed from this version aticonfig. (AMD does it everytime they release a new driver). But most of the commands work. So feel free to check and report them back.

How To Install AMD APP SDK In Kali Linux?

Check FGLRX Installation

First check if fglrx module is installed:

lsmod | grep fglrx

You should get a response similar to:

fglrx 2635205 82
button 12945 1 fglrx

Installing AMD APP SDK

What is AMD APP Technology?

AMD APP technology is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processing cores (GPU), working in concert with the system’s x86 cores (CPU), to execute heterogeneously to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics. This enables better balanced platforms capable of running demanding computing tasks faster than ever, and sets software developers on the path to optimize for AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).

What is the AMD APP Software Development Kit?

The AMD APP Software Development Kit (SDK) is a complete development platform created by AMD to allow you to quickly and easily develop applications accelerated by AMD APP technology. The SDK provides samples, documentation, and other materials to quickly get you started leveraging accelerated compute using OpenCL™, Bolt, or C++ AMP in your C/C++ application, or Aparapi for your Java application.

What is OpenCL™?

OpenCL™ is the first truly open and royalty-free programming standard for general-purpose computations on heterogeneous systems. OpenCL™ allows programmers to preserve their expensive source code investment and easily target both multi-core CPUs and the latest APUs and discrete GPUs, such as those from AMD. Developed in an open standards committee with representatives from major industry vendors, OpenCL™ gives users what they have been demanding: a cross-vendor, non-proprietary solution for accelerating their applications on their CPU and GPU cores.

Download AMD APP SDK x2.7

Download AMD APP SDK v2.7 from:

AMD Download Archive

Install SDK

Install the SDK:

mkdir amdappsdk
cp AMD-APP-SDK-v2.7-lnx64.tar amdappsdk/
cd amdappsk
tar -xvf AMD-APP-SDK-v2.7-lnx64.tar

Edit /root/.bashrc, add the following lines to the end of the file:


Save and quit, then issue the following command:

source ~/.bashrc

How To Install Pyrit In Kali Linux?

Check FGLRX Installation

First check if fglrx module is installed:

lsmod | grep fglrx

You should get a response similar to:

fglrx 2635205 82
button 12945 1 fglrx

Check AMD APP SDK Installation

Check if AMD APP SDK is installed. If not installed, follow this guide to install it.

Check CAL++ Installation

Check if CAL++ is installed. If not installed, follow this guide to install it.

Why Pyrit?

Pyrit allows to create massive databases, pre-computing part of the IEEE 802.11 WPA/WPA2-PSK authentication phase in a space-time-tradeoff. Exploiting the computational power of Many-Core- and other platforms through ATI-Stream, Nvidia CUDA, OpenCL and VIA Padlock, it is currently by far the most powerful attack against one of the world’s most used security-protocols.

Install Pyrit in Kali

Install prerequisites

apt-get install libpcap-dev

Remove existing installation of pyrit

apt-get remove --purge pyrit

If you are not using a clean install of Kali (not recommended), you may need to issue the following command:

rm -r /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cpyrit/

Download pyrit

svn checkout pyrit_svn

Install Pyrit

cd pyrit_svn/pyrit/
./ build install

Install CAL++ plugin

cd ../cpyrit_calpp/


Edit file and modify/replace the followings:
find VERSION = '0.4.0-dev' and replace with VERSION = '0.4.1-dev'
find CALPP_INC_DIRS.append(os.path.join(CALPP_INC_DIR, 'include')) and replace with

CALPP_INC_DIRS.append(os.path.join(CALPP_INC_DIR, 'include/CAL'))

Save and quit, then issue the following command:

./ build install

There will be several warnings, but hopefully no errors and everything will be installed.

Test cpyrit

List available core

pyrit list_cores


The following cores seem available...

#1: 'CAL++ Device #1 'AMD GPU DEVICE''
#2: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)'
#3: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)'
#4: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)'

Benchmark Pyrit

pyrit benchmark


Computed 7548.89 PMKs/s total.
#1: 'CAL++ Device #1 'AMD GPU DEVICE'': 5599.3 PMKs/s (RTT 1.4)
#2: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)': 685.6 PMKs/s (RTT 3.0)
#3: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)': 688.5 PMKs/s (RTT 3.0)
#4: 'CPU-Core (SSE2)': 691.9 PMKs/s (RTT 3.0)

How to install CAL++ in Kali Linux?

Check FGLRX Installation

First check if fglrx module is installed:

lsmod | grep fglrx

You should get a response similar to:

fglrx 2635205 82
button 12945 1 fglrx

If not installed follow this guide to install it.

Check AMD APP SDK Installation

Check if AMD APP SDK is installed. If not installed follow this guide to install it.

Installing CAL++

CAL++ is a simple library to allow writing ATI CAL kernels directly in C++. The syntax is very similar to OpenCL. Also C++ wrapper for CAL is included.

This project was registered on on Feb 19, 2010.

Install prerequisites:

apt-get install cmake libboost-all-dev

Download CAL++

Download calpp 0.90 from: SourceForge CAL++ Website

Install CAL++

tar -xvf calpp-0.90.tar.gz
cd calpp-0.90/

Edit CMakeLists.txt:

Find the lines starting with FIND_LIBRARY and FIND_PATH and replace them with this:


Save and quit,

Make and Install CAL++

Issue the following commands:

cmake .
make install

Helpful ATIconfig FGLRX Commands

ATI Proprietary Linux Driver (ATIconfig fglrx) Features

The ATI Proprietary Linux driver (ATIconfig fglrx) provides TV Output support for ATI graphics cards that support TV out. The ATI Proprietary Linux (ATIconfig fglrx) driver also allows for the following monitor arrangements:

  1. Single Head Mode (single display)
  2. Clone Mode (same content on both screens)
  3. Mirror Mode (same content on both screens, with identical display resolution and refresh rates)
  4. Big Desktop (one desktop stretched across two screens)
  5. Dual Head (separate instances of X running on each screen)

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ATI Workstation Product Support

The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Workstation products:

  • FireGL™ V7350
  • FireGL™ V3300
  • FireGL™ X1-128
  • FireGL™ V7300
  • FireGL™ V3200
  • FireGL™ X1-256p
  • FireGL™ V7200
  • FireGL™ V3100
  • FireGL™ 8800
  • FireGL™ V7100
  • FireGL™ X3-256
  • FireGL™ 8700
  • FireGL™ V5200
  • FireGL™ X3
  • FireMV™ 2200 (Single card configuration)
  • FireGL™ V5100
  • FireGL™ X2-256
  • Mobility™ FireGL™ V5000
  • FireGL™ V5000
  • FireGL™ Z1-128
  • Mobility™ FireGL™ 9100
  • FireGL™ V3400
  • FireGL™ T2-128
  • Mobility™ FireGL™ T2

ATI Mobility™ Product Support

The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Mobility™ products:

  • Mobility™ Radeon® X1800
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9800
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X1600
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9600
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X1400
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9550
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X1300
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9500
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X800
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9000
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X700
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9200
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X600
  • Radeon® Xpress 200M series
  • Mobility™ Radeon® X300

ATI Integrated Product Support

The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI Integrated products:

  • Radeon® Xpress 200 series
  • Radeon® 9100 IGP
  • Radeon® 9200 IGP
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9000 IGP series
  • Mobility™ Radeon® 9100 IGP series

Caution: This software driver provides 2D support only for the ATI Radeon® 9100 IGP and ATI Radeon® 9100 PRO IGP.

ATI Desktop Product Family Support

The ATI Proprietary Linux driver is designed to support the following ATI desktop products:

  • Radeon® X1900 series
  • Radeon® 9800 series
  • Radeon® X1800 series
  • Radeon® 9600 series
  • Radeon® X1600 series
  • Radeon® 9200 series
  • Radeon® X1300 series
  • Radeon® 9000 series
  • Radeon® X850 series
  • Radeon® 9700 series
  • Radeon® X800 series
  • Radeon® 9550 series
  • Radeon® X700 series
  • Radeon® 9500 series
  • Radeon® X600 series
  • Radeon® 9100 series
  • Radeon® X300/X550 series
  • Radeon® 8500 series

Just make sure your product is listed here, otherwise following commands are not supported.

Helpful ATIconfig commands

Initial setup (creates device section using fglrx)

 aticonfig --initial

Enable Video acceleration (Xv Overlay)

     aticonfig -overlay-type=Xv

Force fglrx to use kernel’s AGP driver instead of own implementation

(only use when internal agpgart doesn’t work)

    aticonfig --internal-agp=off

Note: Newer fglrx driver versions do not include an internal AGPGART so the kernel agpgart is used no matter what.

Use extended desktop with two monitors (dual-head and big desktop)

    aticonfig --initial=dual-head --screen-layout=right

This command will generate a dual head configuration file with the second screen located to the right of the first screen.

Setup big Desktop to Horizontal and Set Overlay on the Secondary Display

    aticonfig --dtop=horizontal --overlay-on=1

This command will set up big desktop to horizontal and set overlay on the secondary display.

If black borders doesn’t remove try this :

 aticonfig --query-monitor # to see monitors
 aticonfig --query-dispattrib=tmds2 #to see supported values
 aticonfig --set-dispattrib=tmds2,sizeX:1920 # to set X resolution
 aticonfig --set-dispattrib=tmds2,sizey:1080 # to set Y resolution
 aticonfig --set-dispattrib=tmds2,positionX:0 # to set X position to 0
 aticonfig --set-dispattrib=tmds2,positionY:0 # to set Y position to 0

 Print information about power states.

    aticonfig --list-powerstates

Or, for us lazy folk, the shorter version is

   aticonfig --lsp

Set a power state to the lowest (battery friendly)

    aticonfig --set-powerstate=1

Note: check out available power states using aticonfig –list-powerstates
Note: this option does not work when an external monitor is connected

Print information about connected and enabled monitors

    aticonfig --query-monitor

How to enable two monitors on the fly

Assume you have two monitors already setup correctly
This example enables laptop internal monitor (lvds) and external monitor (crt1)

    aticonfig --enable-monitor=lvds,crt1 --effective=now

Note: aticonfig –enable-monitor=STRING,STRING where STRING can be one of the following set, separated by commas: none,crt1,crt2,lvds,tv,tmds1,tmds2,auto.

Only 2 displays can be enabled at the same time. Any displays that are not on the list will be disabled.

Note: check out connected and enabled monitors using aticonfig –query-monitor

Turn off the second monitor on the fly and start to use only laptop internal monitor (lvds)

    aticonfig --enable-monitor=lvds --effective=now

Swap monitors on the fly when using big desktop mode

    aticonfig --swap-monitor --effective=now

Note: This only works for big desktop setup. This will swap the contents on the two monitors.

Get temperature:

   aticonfig --odgt

Get Fan speed:

   aticonfig --pplib-cmd "get fanspeed 0"

Replace 0 with the FAN number. i.e. 0, 1. etc.

Set Fan Speed:

   aticonfig --pplib-cmd "set fanspeed 0 40"

Where 0 is the fan number and 40 is the percent of speed you want it to run.

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