Activate AMD Radeon Graphics Card

How to set up an AMD Radeon graphics card and select the right drivers for it in Zorin OS.

If you have a modern AMD Radeon graphics card (produced after 2012), Zorin OS already comes pre-loaded with the official Open Source “AMDGPU” and “Radeon” drivers. No additional setup is necessary.

These are the recommended drivers for most use cases, including gaming.

Proprietary AMDGPU-PRO drivers

If you explicitly require the AMDGPU-PRO drivers for specialized use cases – such as on workstations with Radeon Pro graphics cards – please follow these instructions to install them:

  1. Download the latest driver package for your graphics card from the Drivers & Support section of AMD’s website. Please make sure to download the drivers for “Ubuntu 20.04 64-bit”. Download AMD drivers

  2. After the download completes, open the Files app.

  3. Navigate to the “Downloads” folder.

  4. Double-click on the “amdgpu-install_…_all.deb” file.

  5. Click the “Install” button in the new window that appears.

  6. Open the Zorin Menu → Utilities → Terminal.

  7. Enter the following command:

    sudo gedit /usr/bin/amdgpu-install
    
  8. In the new Text Editor window, press Ctrl + F and search for ubuntu.

  9. Replace the ubuntu text on this line with zorin, so it looks like the image below:
    Text line which reads zorin|linuxmint|debian)

  10. Save the file and close the Text Editor window.

  11. Enter the following command into the Terminal to start installing the AMDGPU-PRO drivers:

    amdgpu-install -y  --usecase=workstation
    
    • For more specialized use cases, you can change the above Terminal command to install different components based on the instructions here and here.
  12. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  13. Restart your computer to apply the changes.

If the AMDGPU-PRO graphics drivers are still not activated

Your computer’s Secure Boot feature might be blocking the system from loading the AMDGPU-PRO drivers.

  1. Power off your computer and power it on again.
  2. Immediately upon start-up, repeatedly press the designated key to open the BIOS/UEFI settings. This key should be indicated on the screen at start-up or in your computer’s manual. If you are unsure which key to press, it is usually either Esc, Delete, F2, F12, or another function key.
  3. At the BIOS/UEFI settings screen, navigate to the “Boot” or “Security” tab using the keys.
  4. Make sure that the “Secure Boot” option is disabled. If it’s enabled, scroll down to it using the keys and press Enter to set it.
  5. Press the indicated key to Save the settings and exit the BIOS/UEFI settings screen (usually the F10 key).