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#76 2013-01-12 11:12:17

Unia
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From: The Netherlands
Registered: 2010-07-17
Posts: 4,551

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

nemo wrote:

Followed the guide and everything works.
But if xorg gets updated it breaks. Hard. Can't even drop into the lower ttys.
Have to boot into recovery console and run smxi every single time xorg updates.
Did I do something wrong here?

Nope big_smile One thing you could try is not to update Xorg.


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#77 2013-01-14 01:44:55

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

So am I correct in guessing that the Ubuntu 12.04.2 update is most likely going to break compatibility for legacy cards?

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#78 2013-01-14 09:31:39

el_koraco
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From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

can't speak for Ubuntu, since I haven't used it in a long time.

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#79 2013-01-14 15:45:04

august
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Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

When the update drops it's going to update the kernel and "graphics components" which sounds like it will break legacy compatibility unless AMD had an update in the works. I'll report in when the update come out in mid Feb.

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#80 2013-01-14 18:38:46

intoCB
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Registered: 2012-10-25
Posts: 2,354

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Indeed, I got caught out with the Xorg update once before and check all updates now. And sure enough, yesterday.... Untick, untick, untick.

I meant to write up a mini-guide to how I do it but AbiWord crashed the other day and I really didn't have the stomach to start again. It said "too many files open". There was one open. Stupid Lienucks crap. I'm back to Windoze.


Another version of Windows is released. Could this be the year of the Windows desktop? No.

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#81 2013-01-16 10:19:10

flyingfree
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Registered: 2013-01-11
Posts: 26

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

the smxi works like magic, thanks for the tutorial.

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#82 2013-01-25 04:09:49

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Good news!

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n … px=MTI4MDE

EDIT: The above article claimed that the newest version of fglrx-legacy added support for the newest xserver but that was apparently total bunk.

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#83 2013-01-25 11:14:33

Andy_hc90
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Registered: 2012-02-12
Posts: 28

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Just wanted to say congratulations and thanks a lot to el_koraco and everyone involved with smxi. Good work guys, you help a lot of people out there.

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#84 2013-01-25 11:17:13

Unia
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From: The Netherlands
Registered: 2010-07-17
Posts: 4,551

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Bad news: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php … 1#p1221331

It's not much of an update at all, as we would expect from AMD


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#85 2013-01-25 11:26:26

el_koraco
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From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Andy_hc90 wrote:

Just wanted to say congratulations and thanks a lot to el_koraco and everyone involved with smxi. Good work guys, you help a lot of people out there.

Thanks, but I'm not a smxi contributor or anything.

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#86 2013-01-25 15:08:16

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Unia wrote:

Bad news: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php … 1#p1221331

It's not much of an update at all, as we would expect from AMD

UGH

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#87 2013-01-27 23:06:45

Shadowmeph
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Registered: 2013-01-21
Posts: 1

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Wow using this guide totally destroyed me lol I can't get to desktop at all , obviously I must have read or did a typo some where but now know matter what I try I cannot get any where , I am just going to do a full reinstall which for me will be allot faster then trying this again.

EDIT ok the swearing at my system seemed to have worked this time because after the umteenth time and then myself calling my system some pretty ubseen names it works now lol

Last edited by Shadowmeph (2013-01-27 23:40:12)

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#88 2013-02-11 15:53:29

lobo86
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Registered: 2013-02-09
Posts: 9

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

I just migrated over from Arch a few days ago and I honestly didn't have a problem with the repo drivers on Waldorf.

Note: Just noticed when this guide was made and the info is really outdated now. The xorg 1.12 compatility issues have been resolved with the catalyst 12.6 update back a few months ago which is the current version used in the repo.

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#89 2013-02-18 02:26:42

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

I don't think Ubuntu LTS can be suggested for those of us with HD 4xxx and lower any longer. I did a fresh install of 12.04.2: Additional Drivers has no suggestions and sudo apt-get install fglrx results in breakage.

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#90 2013-02-19 16:26:19

lobo86
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Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

The reason you have breakage is because HD 4xxx and lower need the legacy driver.

This guide will explain how to get the fglrx legacy driver via ppa located under the "Our Solution" tab.
http://ubuntuxtreme.com/howto/how-to-fi … -problems/

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#91 2013-02-19 17:12:23

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

lobo86 wrote:

The reason you have breakage is because HD 4xxx and lower need the legacy driver.

This guide will explain how to get the fglrx legacy driver via ppa located under the "Our Solution" tab.
http://ubuntuxtreme.com/howto/how-to-fi … -problems/

The legacy drivers are not compatible with the latest version of X.org and as far as I can tell Cannonical has decided to update X.org on Ununtu 12.04 thereby breaking compatibility with any of AMD's drivers. I'll look more into it later, though.

EDIT: Also the "our solution" ppa is only for 12.10 and it supposedly installs the legacy driver while also downgrading xorg. Last time I tried it broke my system spectacularly altough it my be worth another try now.

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#92 2013-02-19 21:40:59

lobo86
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Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Please excuse my mistake I haven't used Ubuntu for quite some time. But, As far as I know you have to use xorg 1.12 with the legacy driver which is also available on the official amd website. So, You should be able to manually install that way. Also, I thought Ubuntu 12.04 shipped with xorg 1.12?

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#93 2013-02-19 22:09:17

el_koraco
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From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

lobo86 wrote:

So, You should be able to manually install that way. Also, I thought Ubuntu 12.04 shipped with xorg 1.12?

You probably should. Keeping xorg downgraded perpetually isn't something I would wish on a Debian user, so I recommend Ubuntu. Hell, maybe they can even switch to Arch. Ubuntu does use xorg 1.12 (hence my recommendation), but it seems an upgrade broke it. I suppose they will fix it in time.

I should maybe add a disclamer to the guide, as I've been AMD free for quite some time and am not following development really closely these days.

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#94 2013-02-20 00:47:22

august
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From: Brooklyn
Registered: 2011-05-26
Posts: 62

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

As far I can tell whatever combination of Xorg and Kernel is currently in the Ubuntu iso and repos (12.04.2) is completely incompatible with AMD legacy drivers and will probably continue to be until AMD issues an update, probably half a year from now or never.

This is particularly ironic because:

  • Valve is prominently promoting Ubuntu 12.04 specifically on the Steam download page

  • the fgrlrx-legacy 13.1 that came out last month was specifically issued to fix Source games on legacy hardware and that's all

  • Ubuntu breaks all legacy driver compatibility with the 12.04.2 update.

So I'd probably amend or delete the advice that legacy users go with Ubuntu 12.04 for the time being.

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#95 2013-02-21 16:35:00

jotapesse
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From: Algarve, Portugal
Registered: 2009-02-07
Posts: 377

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Hi, just wanted to say that, in my case, the AMD/ATI fglrx install and setup was fairly simple. My setup has an AMD Radeon HD 7800M Series Graphics (onboard). I'm on Debian Sid/Experimental and I just installed latest version 13.1 (from Debian):

# apt-get -t experimental install fglrx-driver fglrx-control fglrx-glx fglrx-glx-ia32 fglrx-atieventsd fglrx-modules-dkms xvba-va-driver
# sudo aticonfig --initial

Starting X you can check if it's installed properly and use it's graphical utility:

$ fglrxinfo
$ gksudo amdcccle

Some other advanced settings were required for HDMI audio and HDMI underscan fix but the base install was simple and it's working fine! smile


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#96 2013-02-28 18:27:34

tom957
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From: Portland, OR, US
Registered: 2013-02-09
Posts: 5

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Thanks for the guide! The smxi script was perfect for installing the drivers for my HD5XXX card, but now I must ask a possible n00b question:

What's the best way to go about getting the amdccle utility installed to get tear-free desktop, etc., working? If I just get it from AMD's site and install Catalyst, will it break my current config?

EDIT: Nevermind. I got fglrx/Catalyst to install through smxi. I must have previously overlooked an extra step the last time I tried  roll

Last edited by tom957 (2013-03-04 00:38:42)

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#97 2013-03-05 23:01:56

koleoptero
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From: Athens, Greece
Registered: 2011-03-03
Posts: 401

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Thanks brother el_koraco and all the people behind smxi. big_smile


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#98 2013-03-23 22:00:49

Yamada
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Registered: 2013-03-23
Posts: 5

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

I tried with smxi and the manual method on waldorf.

I always get the following

`/usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 seems to be broken.

Function: install_package - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx reinstall
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: Start
  Args: update
  Update apt-get successful
Function: update_package_manager - Utility: End
Function: check_package_status - Utility: Start
  Args: libgl1-mesa-glx i
  Package Version: 8.0.5-3
Function: check_package_status - Utility: End
  Install command for apt-get: install - Extra args:  --reinstall
  ERROR: (200) The package: libgl1-mesa-glx failed to install, please check apt for any problems.


any ideas how to fix this?

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
  nvidia-installer-cleanup
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove it.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  glx-diversions
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 16.4 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 175328 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing glx-diversions ...
No diversion 'diversion of /usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions', none removed.
Removing 'diversion of /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions'
dpkg-divert: error: rename involves overwriting `/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2' with
  different file `/usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2', not allowed
dpkg: error processing glx-diversions (--remove):
subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
glx-diversions
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Last edited by Yamada (2013-03-23 22:23:43)

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#99 2013-03-24 00:03:32

Yamada
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Registered: 2013-03-23
Posts: 5

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

how can i get rid of this ->

Removing glx-diversions ...
No diversion 'diversion of /usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions', none removed.
Removing 'diversion of /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions'
dpkg-divert: error: rename involves overwriting `/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2' with
  different file `/usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2', not allowed
dpkg: error processing glx-diversions (--remove):
subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
glx-diversions
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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#100 2013-03-31 16:47:39

anachronism
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Registered: 2012-04-28
Posts: 10

Re: The definitive guide to proprietary AMD graphics drivers

Yamada wrote:

how can i get rid of this ->

Removing glx-diversions ...
No diversion 'diversion of /usr/lib/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions', none removed.
Removing 'diversion of /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 to /usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2 by glx-diversions'
dpkg-divert: error: rename involves overwriting `/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2' with
  different file `/usr/lib/mesa-diverted/i386-linux-gnu/libGL.so.1.2', not allowed
dpkg: error processing glx-diversions (--remove):
subprocess installed post-removal script returned error exit status 2
Errors were encountered while processing:
glx-diversions
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I'm not sure if what I did was correct but I just replaced the libGL.so.1.2 in /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/ with the one in mesa-diverted.  It appears to be working ok but it might have messed something up, I'll report if something becomes drastically wrong.

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