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    AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Hello everybody!

    I'm using a DELL Laptop from 2009 which has a AMD Mobility Radeon HD 3450/3470 video card built-in.
    Until now, I was able to get the legacy drivers via this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~makson96/+archive/fglrx and get great performance out of it.

    This PPA doesn't seem to be ported to 13.10. Why?
    Are there any workarounds I could try to get the proprietary drivers?


    I would love to use the open-source drivers, but the performance is nowhere near the proprietary ones for my card.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Quote Originally Posted by hencelence View Post
    This PPA doesn't seem to be ported to 13.10. Why?
    Perhaps because no one ported it yet. i doubt they will.

    Are there any workarounds I could try to get the proprietary drivers?
    a couple:
    - port the PPA
    - use 12.04 (with older kernel not the newer 12.04.2 and higher)-supported until 2017
    - install latest kernel with latest opensource drivers or try the xorg edgers PPA
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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    AMD Drivers even the ones in xorg edgers at the time of writing currently don't support the new kernel Ubuntu uses.

    Info source: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-arti...ta-Driver.aspx

    I don't see his card in the supported list though. You may have to stick with the old Ubuntu release and use the legacy drivers with that.

    One last idea is downgrading your kernel however I could see that breaking things so try at your own risk.

    If you are feeling brave this may help. http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-instal...u#.UmCE1ByEzcs
    Last edited by ThatNerd2049; October 18th, 2013 at 01:47 AM.

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Not entirely correct.

    I'm using Saucy with the proprietary driver.

    Some hardware may be problematic.

    The OP will not be able to us the proprietary driver with that legacy card without some help -- and I don't recommend going there.
    Last edited by QIII; October 18th, 2013 at 01:44 AM.

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Interesting is the info at source I linked out of date then?

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Just not updated.

    Saucy was just released. I doubt AMD/ATI rushed their people out immediately to add "13.10" to the text of the page.

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    I have been fighting with ADM on my Dell like you. Using open source driver is still good, but the temperature is high.
    I used to download and install AMD official driver and it worked perfectly. I can compare as without amd driver the temperature is around 55 - 65C; with AMD driver installed around 48-60C.
    However everytime I wanted to upgrade my system, or at least kernel the whole system would be broken. I had to purge the AMD official driver installed then everything was back to it was. I think it was problem of configuration of the driver to adopt with new kernel which had been upgraded.
    Now I am running Ubuntu 13.10 with open source driver and the temperature is high as it should be. I am waiting for someone can find a way to help me get of out this stuff

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    If you install the proprietary driver from the repo, your package management system will handle reinstalling it with any new kernel.

    If you install it manually, you should uninstall it before doing any updates that affect the kernel, then reinstall afterwards. Your package manager will have no idea it exists, which is why you have had problems after updates all along.

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Hey guys!

    I've sucessfully built fglrx-legacy, which works with 3.11 kernel

    It's still in alpha, some issues are known, only 64-bit packages yet

    Howto (Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 64-bit only!):
    1. Add RARING ppa: ppa:makson96/fglrx
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. download and install:
      1. http://ubuntuone.com/1W4B3qa09OB82avCw9kDvP
      2. http://ubuntuone.com/5fly8Ur8c2PKvUYh2f6V8Z
      3. http://ubuntuone.com/7HbTMeib9RskH21Qrjv9rl

    4. sudo apt-get -f install
    5. reboot


    Known issues:
    1. Ctrl+Alt+Fn terminals are blank screens, boot screen is blank too reported as upgrading issue on my testing machine
    2. 32-bit package isn't patched yet


    Troubleshooting:
    1. It might be required to replace linux-kernel-generic package with linux-image-generic and linux-headers-generic packages, especially on fresh installs


    Technical info:


    Report issues and try to help me improve it and fix the bugs!
    Last edited by ziktofel; December 4th, 2013 at 02:54 PM. Reason: added troubleshoting thingy

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    Re: AMD Legacy drivers on 13.10

    Thank you ziktofel!

    I confirm your patch works and I will continue to make good use of my humble bundles!

    I'm not experiencing the issues you're having however. My bootscreen works (although the screen ratio is a bit off) and my TTYs work too. I can't really explain why though? The only thing I did differently is skip step#3 and install your .debs directly. But I'm not convinced that would actually make a difference?

    Anyways, thanks a lot for your work! I'm really glad I have a functionnal 3d driver again!

    Cheers,
    JF



    Quote Originally Posted by ziktofel View Post
    Hey guys!

    I've sucessfully built fglrx-legacy, which works with 3.11 kernel

    It's still in alpha, some issues are known, only 64-bit packages yet

    Howto (Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 64-bit only!):
    1. Add RARING ppa: ppa:makson96/fglrx
    2. sudo apt-get update
    3. sudo apt-get install fglrx-legacy. The fglrx-legacy will fail to build against kernel
    4. download and install:
      1. http://ubuntuone.com/1W4B3qa09OB82avCw9kDvP
      2. http://ubuntuone.com/5fly8Ur8c2PKvUYh2f6V8Z
      3. http://ubuntuone.com/7HbTMeib9RskH21Qrjv9rl

    5. reboot


    Known issues:
    1. Ctrl+Alt+Fn terminals are blank screens, boot screen is blank too
    2. 32-bit package isn't patched yet


    Technical info:


    Report issues and try to help me improve it and fix the bugs!

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