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    Question fglrx Driver Not Detecting Hardware

    Hi Crew,

    I have a Radeon HD 4870 graphics card.

    Previously, it was installed on a GA-MA790GP-DS4H motherboard with an AMD 9850 BE CPU. I installed Ubuntu 12.04.01 and it had taken it's updates regularily.

    On this setup, I was able to get fglrx installed from the actual AMD website (building the packages etc, as fglrx in apt was generating OpenGL errors with Steam).

    I upgraded slightly to a newer ASUS M4AB9GTD PRO Motherboard with AMD X2 550 CPU and 4GB DDR3 ram (over 2GB DDR2 last system). I moved the graphics card over to continue using it.

    I decided to do a fresh install so grabbed the desktop-amd64 ISO of 12.04.2, and did a clean install. So far so good, but I run into issues attempting to install fglrx.

    Ultimately, if I do an apt-get install fglrx, amdconfig --initial shows no adapters found, and if I reboot in that state, I will go into a very low quality graphics mode and not be able to do much. I can simply apt-get remove that package and it goes back to working OK but still not with fglrx drivers.

    When I try to build packages out of the AMD drivers, the .deb's generate fine but when trying to install they are after dependencies that break the whole install. I have tried both 12.6 and 13.1 file from AMD. The main issue appears to be that I am running on kernel 3.5.X when fglrx seems to be trying to get 3.2.X headers etc as a dependency.

    I have tried about 6 different fresh installs trying things in particular orders but have had 0 success.

    For now I am resigned to using it with the default drivers, so at least its a good desktop document work box, but I'd really like to know whats going on and have some success as I want to play some games!

    Thanks.


    EXTRA INFO (if you need any more just ask!):

    Xorg version: 1.13
    uname -r: 3.5.0-25-generic

    Code:
    $ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS880 Host Bridge
    00:03.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (ext gfx port 1)
    00:0a.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 5)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 40)
    00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 41)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller (rev 40)
    00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) (rev 40)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller (rev 40)
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (rev 40)
    00:14.5 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI2 Controller
    00:15.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB700/SB800/SB900 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    00:16.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:16.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV770 [Radeon HD 4870]
    01:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV770 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4850/4870]
    02:00.0 SATA controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB361 AHCI/IDE (rev 02)
    02:00.1 IDE interface: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB361 AHCI/IDE (rev 02)
    03:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev c0)
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
    Last edited by JoeGoldman; March 10th, 2013 at 10:34 AM. Reason: SOLVED

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