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    Unhappy How to get my graphics card working?

    I have a Radeon HD 4350 graphics card, and it's not working in Ubuntu. At all. Even after installing the proprietary Fglrx driver and rebooting, the Graphics section of of the system details panel still reports the generic VESA driver.

    I'm sick and tired of searching for a *functioning* driver for my graphics card; there is supposedly an open-sorce version floating around, but I can't find any binaries.
    Compiling from source is ABSOLUTELY NOT AN OPTION. If you tell me where to find a source tarball, it will be absolutely unhelpful. However, I would prefer an open-source driver, I only installed Fglrx as a last resort.

    Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit
    Radeon HD 4350

    Please, I am so absolutely frustrated with getting drivers of all kinds to work on Linux, I really need some help.
    Last edited by JamesTheAwesomeDude; June 10th, 2013 at 12:08 AM. Reason: THIS THING IS FINALLY WORKING! YES!!! BOO YAH!!
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    Re: How to get my graphics card working?

    JamesTheAwesomeDude; Hey ....

    Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but :


    "IF its an HD 2x/3x/4x then you are out of luck as AMD announced <last> summer that it is relegating these chipsets to legacy status and will not be developing new drivers for them. Existing restricted drivers from AMD won't work either, because they require X-server v1.12 and Ubuntu 12.10 uses X-server v1.13."(Mark Phelps)

    As AMD is not providing drivers, open source is the viable option. Other options can be made, but are not recommended, to maintain a stable system.


    when all said and done, no fault to ubuntu

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    Re: How to get my graphics card working?

    Okay, so the only option is an open-source driver. That's all right, because the idea of using the proprietary one kind of grossed me out anyway.

    Where can I find this open-source driver then? This page says the driver has been built in and enabled since 11.04, so why is my computer still using the VESA driver? Is it just a matter of modprobe-ing the correct kernel module?

    Perhaps this will be of use?
    Code:
    james@james-OptiPlex-GX620:~$ lspci | grep -i VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV710 [Radeon HD 4350]
    james@james-OptiPlex-GX620:~$
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly; I really appreciate your help. I'm such a noob at getting Linux to work with my pathetic, ancient computer...
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    Re: How to get my graphics card working?

    JamesTheAwesomeDude; Welp.

    Should not be to tough to remove the fglrx f(AMD/ATI) files and get pure open source back in-place:
    To see what is installed and needs removed; terminal command:
    Code:
    dpkg -l | grep fglrx
    Once the old files are removed, make sure the open source is installed:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-core
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    sudo update-initramfs -u ##just to create a new "image" file
    Reboot to see the effect.

    just try'n to help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    JamesTheAwesomeDude; Welp.

    Should not be to tough to remove the fglrx f(AMD/ATI) files and get pure open source back in-place:
    To see what is installed and needs removed; terminal command:
    Code:
    dpkg -l | grep fglrx
    Once the old files are removed, make sure the open source is installed:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-nouveau
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri xserver-xorg-core
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
    sudo update-initramfs -u ##just to create a new "image" file
    Reboot to see the effect.

    just try'n to help
    Hooray, my entire Ubuntu installation is destroyed! There's absolutely no GUI, even on the login screen, and TTY7 (the one that usually has the graphical login screen) just had the usual system boot messages on it, and didn't respond to keystrokes. However, virtual consoles 1 through 6 were still up.

    Even though dpkg -l | grep fglrx returned nothing, there were still traces of fglrx on my system... That was revealed by booting into safe mode.

    After trying sudo modprobe -r fglrx, I could use recovery mode to boot into failsafe graphics mode, which didn't work. All I got was a box saying how I'm running in low graphics mode and will need to configure all input devices by myself, which was on a black background. There was an OK button, but there was no cursor, so I couldn't click it, and I couldn't use the keyboard to do anything.

    Typing startx just gives a black screen, and I can't do anything after that. CTRL-ALT-Backspace does nothing, there's no cursor, even the power button is unresponsive. I had to hold it down to kill the computer.
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    Re: How to get my graphics card working?

    Hi!

    You still need to remove the actual driver from the kernel and get rid of the configuration file your machine is trying to use when it starts up, which was not included in the instructions above.

    If you can log in to safe graphics mode, do one of the following:

    1. If you installed fglrx from the repo, do

    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates
    This may not work since you have deleted the records dpkg was using to indicate that it was installed. In that case you will have to re-install it, reboot and then follow the instructions in 1.

    2. If you installed using a package from AMD/ATI's website

    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Code:
    sudo amdconfig --uninstall
    The reason I have you use the mv command rather than rm is that rm is dangerous and mv can be undone.

    Best wishes!
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    Re: How to get my graphics card working?

    @ QIII ..Thank you ..
    Do not know how I missed that ...staring me right in the face !

    regret my error

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    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Hi!

    You still need to remove the actual driver from the kernel and get rid of the configuration file your machine is trying to use when it starts up, which was not included in the instructions above.

    If you can log in to safe graphics mode, do one of the following:

    1. If you installed fglrx from the repo, do

    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge fglrx fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-updates fglrx-amdcccle-updates
    This may not work since you have deleted the records dpkg was using to indicate that it was installed. In that case you will have to re-install it, reboot and then follow the instructions in 1.

    2. If you installed using a package from AMD/ATI's website

    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Code:
    sudo amdconfig --uninstall
    The reason I have you use the mv command rather than rm is that rm is dangerous and mv can be undone.

    Best wishes!
    You, sir, are amazing.

    The amdconfig command returned errors (I'd tried to manually remove fglrx, by deleting every shared object I could find that had fglrx in the name...) but the logfile said I could run /usr/share/ati/amd-uninstall.sh --force to forcibly uninstall, and that fixed everything!

    Now, the Graphics section of the system info reports a mysterious "Unknown" driver, but this magical unknown driver gives me hardware acceleration! WOOT WOOT! I CAN FINALLY RUN MINECRAFT ON LINUX!!

    Thank you both for helping me get this working, this has been one of my happiest computer moments ever, second only to the time I first got Linux installed.
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