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Thread: Dell M6700/AMD FirePro M6000 Graphics issues

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    Dell M6700/AMD FirePro M6000 Graphics issues

    Hi All:

    I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on a Dell M6700. Everything install pretty smooth, except the open video drivers don't work with multiple displays with the AMD FirePro M6000 graphics card.

    The Proprietary drivers work: However only with 2 displays. I'm really hoping to have a Tri-Head display system that I know is possible with the M8900 video using the open video drivers on the Dell M6600.

    Does anyone know what I need to hack to get the open driver to work on the M6000? Currently it only displays on the laptop display, and doesn't recognize that my Samsung displays are attached. It's also stuck in Unity 2d mode -vs- 3d mode.

    The proprietary drivers work, but I can only get it to work with two displays instead of all 3.

    I had to hack the proprietary drivers to get rid of the "Unsupported Hardware" overlay, but that was it. (basically I followed the recommendation from: http://superuser.com/questions/54157...-in-linux-mint for extracting the /etc/ati/control file from the latest version of the driver from AMD.



    Thanks:

    Pete

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    Re: Dell M6700/AMD FirePro M6000 Graphics issues

    Hello Pete,
    I have ordered a Dell Precision m6700 with AMD FirePro m6000. I was looking for the proprietary driver. AMD's driver download web site says that I have to go to Dell's driver support web site to get drivers. However, Dell only provides Windows drivers for AMD FirePro m6000.

    I 'd appreciate if you could let me know where/how you got proprietary AMD FirePro m6000 drivers.

    Thanks

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    Re: Dell M6700/AMD FirePro M6000 Graphics issues

    Quote Originally Posted by burakvarhan View Post
    Hello Pete,
    I have ordered a Dell Precision m6700 with AMD FirePro m6000. I was looking for the proprietary driver. AMD's driver download web site says that I have to go to Dell's driver support web site to get drivers. However, Dell only provides Windows drivers for AMD FirePro m6000.

    I 'd appreciate if you could let me know where/how you got proprietary AMD FirePro m6000 drivers.

    Thanks
    Ubuntu 12.04 comes with a version of the Proprietary AMD drivers, but it doesn't support the M6000 out of the box. (It works but displays "unsupported hardware" in the bottom corner.

    What I did was using dash search for "Additional Drivers"
    Install the ATI/AMD proprietary Drivers and reboot the computer.

    This should come up with the "unsupported Hardware" issue, but works. When I tried the ATI/AMD proprietary (post-release updates) It didn't install properly with 12.04 but 12.04.1 was just released so they may have fixed that. (haven't tried)

    To remove the unsupported hardware I downloaded the latest driver from AMD:

    http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...eon_linux.aspx

    but instead of doing a full install of that driver I used the trick

    ./ati-driver-installer-10-1-x86.x86_64.run --extract to extract the files (instead of installing them)

    I then copied the new control file.

    sudo cp /etc/ati/control /etc/ati/control-old
    sudo cp common/etc/ati/control /etc/ati/control


    Generally I don't like this, but it did work. I had issues just installing the 12.8 drivers directly.

    In trying various things the video driver was messed up at various points, so I had to completely remove the video drivers at some point.

    I just googled for it and found this site:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/78675...d-them-by-hand

    The answer worked for me.


    Hope this helps

    Pete

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    Re: Dell M6700/AMD FirePro M6000/Radeon 7870M Graphics issues

    Just and update on this:

    With the latest version of Ubuntu 12.04.2 I can now get 3 displays to work with the open source radeon driver. However with the Proprietary driver up to version 13.4 only 2 displays will work (The hack I initially had to do is no longer required)

    With the proprietary driver everything seems like it should work. But when ever I try to add the third display I get a CRTC error.

    Using xrandr I verified this with the following command line:

    xrandr --verbose --fb 6016x1152 --output LVDS --auto --output DFP5 --auto --right-of LVDS --output DFP9 --auto --right-of DFP5
    screen 0: 6016x1152 1592x305 mm 95.94dpi
    crtc 0: 2048x1152 59.9 +1920+0 "DFP5"
    crtc 1: 2048x1152 59.9 +3968+0 "DFP9"
    crtc 2: 1920x1080 60.0 +0+0 "LVDS"
    xrandr: Configure crtc 2 failed
    crtc 0: disable
    crtc 1: disable
    crtc 2: disable
    crtc 3: disable
    crtc 4: disable
    crtc 5: disable
    screen 0: revert
    crtc 0: revert
    crtc 1: revert
    crtc 2: revert
    crtc 3: revert
    crtc 4: revert
    crtc 5: revert


    Although this video card should support 6 displays, so far no joy with the proprietary drivers. Ugh. With the Radeon drivers I don't get 3d support for unity which is a must..

    I've tried adding the third display in various fashions. (LVDS panel, Dock VGA connector, Dock Display port connector, and laptop Displayport connector, and no joy in all cases.)


    Anyone out there having better luck?

    Pete

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