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    Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

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    Hello ubuntu forums,

    since setting up a UEFI dual boot with Windows 8 x64 and Ubuntu 12.04 x64 I am trying to install the graphic drivers properly.
    The graphics card I am using is AMD Radeon HD 7670M.
    When I install the proprietary driver with the Additional drivers program, Ubuntu boots with graphic errors so it becomes impossible to navigate.
    I then have to use this method to get Ubuntu working again.

    According to AMD's official drivers website the graphics card is supported, but not Ubuntu 12.04.
    According to the Unofficial Wiki for the AMD Linux Driver the graphics card is not supported.
    Additionally to fglrx not working, compiz is not working either.

    I ran some tests as shown here and the results are the following:

    • less /var/log/Xorg.0.log: No "DRI Initialization Successful." message found
    • less /var/log/XFree86.0.log: File not found
    • glxinfo | grep direct: Shows 4 error messages and one information message
    • dmesg: fglrx entries are present, but I am not sure if they are the right ones
    • lsmod | grep fglrx: two fglrx entries appear



    I hope you can help.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    The official drivers support up to Ubuntu 12.10, not only Ubuntu 12.10 so you could try those if you want. The installer has an option to build Debian packages which install cleaner than simply overwriting everything with no way to remove it later. Also check to see if there's a PPA with the drivers, someone might have already created the proper packages.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Is your Ubuntu install completely up to date? I had to do an update/upgrade to use the latest driver.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
    Then I updated the driver.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Quote Originally Posted by lukeiamyourfather View Post
    Also check to see if there's a PPA with the drivers
    How can I do that?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin_Arnold View Post
    Is your Ubuntu install completely up to date?
    I ran the two commands.
    The system is up to date.
    Last edited by Christian Heinrichs; August 30th, 2013 at 10:59 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Bump

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Hi,
    Please go through this help page:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bi...e_Acceleration

    Has details of installing Fglrx in various ways.
    bhatta

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bhattabhishek View Post
    I followed the instructions of point 3.2.
    All went well, until doing a reboot.
    Graphic errors, no navigation possible.
    So I had to start a text session and type:
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BAK
    sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*
    sudo aticonfig --initial
    to make Ubuntu work normally with the standard drivers.

    Any other suggestions?

    After running those 3 commands, the fglrx driver seems to be partially installed.
    The AMD Catalyst Control Center now starts up, the mouse pointer doesn't flicker anymore, compiz is working and the test results from my first post are different.
    There are still some error messages in this test, so fglrx still has problems I suppose.
    Last edited by Christian Heinrichs; August 30th, 2013 at 11:20 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    I am currently using Fglrx-updates, which I installed from 'Softwares and Updates' and there seems to be no problem (as in section 2 of that help page).

    Also, I religiously do section 4( Enabling Video Hardware Acc) of that help page.

    Suggest you try that once and see where it goes...
    Last edited by su:bhatta; August 31st, 2013 at 09:03 AM.
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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Quote Originally Posted by bhattabhishek View Post
    Suggest you try that once and see where it goes...
    After trying this, point 2.1 and point 3.2 I get graphic errors, except that I get them all the time now.
    The only difference this time was that I installed fglrx with the .run package instead of:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-amdcccle
    Because I don't want to download the driver every time when it's already on the hard drive.

    Now I am locked out of Ubuntu again.
    Last edited by Christian Heinrichs; September 1st, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu 12.04 AMD driver issues

    Bump.

    Please see my response above.
    I really don't know how to approach this problem anymore.
    Last edited by Christian Heinrichs; September 1st, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

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