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    Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    At the moment my Sony VAIO VPC-CB15F is using only my integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card with the "X.org X server - AMD/ATI display driver wrapper from xserver-xorg-video-ati" driver, however I would like to:
    a) Get my AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card working and;
    b) Use the Radeon HD 6630M exclusively (i.e. not use the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card at all).

    I'm not worried about whether it's propriety or Open Source drivers, just as long as I am either using my Radeon HD 6630M exclusively or I am able to switch between the two effortlessly (though as I said, I'd prefer the former)...

    At the time of writing, I am using Ubuntu 13.10 ("Saucy Salamander"), however as per usual, I will be upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ("Trusty Tahr") the moment it is available (I typically upgrade to each new version, .04 LTS and .10).

    Being someone that is semi-competent with Terminal, I have "toyed" with this in the past, but the last time I did, Ubuntu would boot-in to a plain black screen after login (i.e. I could see the login screen, I could login and then the screen would go completely black) and I had to run a whole heap of commands from the recovery Terminal (at boot) in order to get things running again.. Most likely however, it was because I "broke" something when trying to setup my Radeon HD 6630M - I did it using a whole page of commands I found via Google, none of which was specific to my laptop.

    Any help in sorting things out would be greatly appreciated...
    Last edited by CybaCowboy; February 19th, 2014 at 02:18 PM. Reason: Formattting changes.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    I *think* you'd find that series needs the fglrx-updates driver package. You would need to first be sure that your BIOS is set to allow PCI video and not forcing the onboard GPU. Then I personally would install synaptic package manager if you haven't already:

    sudo apt-get install synaptic

    When that finishes, start up synaptic via the menus.

    In the search area, type:

    fglrx-updates

    and it should take you right to the package. Click it and mark for installation, then click Apply and wait for it to finish.

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    Ubuntu recently declared support for Hybrid graphics card (integrated Intel HD with ati) as https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics
    Make sure you are using the default Ubuntu Display manager, that is LightDM.
    For AMD/Intel Hybrid systems, run this command in the terminal :
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    sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-pxpress
    i promise you will get a working graphics card with swithable option.you can use flowlessly as in windows.both intel HD and ATI.
    Screenshot from 2014-02-20 20:12:24.png
    Last edited by soum_axetuirk; February 20th, 2014 at 03:44 PM.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    You stated you wanted to use the AMD/ati card exclusively and not use on the onboard GPU at all. With those ideas in mind, stick with flgrx-updates. It has the correct driver for your AMD/ATI card.

    If you want to be able to switch between them, then follow soum_axetuirk's post. If you just want to use the AMD/ATI, follow mine for fglrx-updates.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    Quote Originally Posted by soum_axetuirk View Post
    Ubuntu recently declared support for Hybrid graphics card (integrated Intel HD with ati) as https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics
    Make sure you are using the default Ubuntu Display manager, that is LightDM.
    For AMD/Intel Hybrid systems, run this command in the terminal :
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx fglrx-pxpress
    i promise you will get a working graphics card with swithable option.you can use flowlessly as in windows.both intel HD and ATI.
    Screenshot from 2014-02-20 20:12:24.png
    Yeah, I got that far... But it (the AMD management/switching program) tells me there's no drivers installed!

    In Ubuntu's settings, it says I have propriety drivers in use (specifically "Video driver for the AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx (proprietary)")... So I'm not too sure why it's saying there's no drivers installed.

    I went to installed the drivers manually using this page, but it warns that the latest drivers are probably incompatible with Ubuntu 3.10 and when I get to Step 2 of "Installing via the Command Line", it only lists my integrated (Intel) graphics... There's no mention of my AMD graphics at all!
    display: :0.0 screen: 0
    OpenGL vendor string: Intel Open Source Technology Center
    OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile
    OpenGL version string: 1.4 (3.0 Mesa 9.2.1)



    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    If you want to be able to switch between them, then follow soum_axetuirk's post. If you just want to use the AMD/ATI, follow mine for fglrx-updates.
    Well that is still the intention... But I can't seem to access my BIOS!

    According to the Sony support site, machines with Windows 8 (including those that have been upgraded) need to hold the "Assist" button to power-on and they will be taken to the "recovery" menu... This works fine on our computers that had Windows 8 pre-installed, but on my laptop (which originally ran Windows 7), it simply takes me to the same menu one would get when inserting the "recovery" DVDs (wipe the computer, make changes to the partitions, yada yada yada).

    I've tried all the usual keys (various function keys, Delete, etc) on the "VAIO" logo (which the Sony support site says shouldn't work once a computer has been upgraded to Windows 8), but all I get is an "Operating system not found" message!

    Sooo, unless you've got an answer to this dilemma, I'll have to go with sodum's answer... It's not what I was aiming for, but it's halfway there.
    Last edited by CybaCowboy; February 21st, 2014 at 02:04 PM. Reason: Insert a quote I forgot to include.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    If it installed fglrx, not fglrx-updates, I don't believe it is the correct driver - that may be why it's giving you the error. When I tried fglrx, it gave me a message about "card not supported" or some such thing whenever I logged in so that X started. Removing fglrx and changing to fglrx-updates fixed that for me. If you check things out for fglrx-updates, it mentions the HD cards it supports whereas fglrx itself doesn't support those.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    As I was expecting (I've had it happen before), fglrs-updates caused Unity to crash (all I get is a black screen after login)... So I booted-up Terminal (which still worked) and un-installed fglrx.

    After a reboot, I thought I'd give it one more shot... And it worked!

    I'm using the fglrx drivers and according to the AMD program, everything is working fine...

    It's not what I originally intended (as per my BIOS issue above), but it'll do for now I guess.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    Hummmmmm........flgrx-updates is supposed to be the driver for those cards. I've had to use it on both a HD 5450 and a HD 6450.

    Hey, as long as things are working for you, who am I to say??

    Glad you found your solution and be sure to thank soum_axetuirk for their help. Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    BTW - wasn't this the same issue from your post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1999501&page=2 from 2012? I thought it looked like you had it solved there.

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    Re: Installing and Only Using Radeon HD 6630M on VAIO VPC-CB15F

    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    and be sure to thank soum_axetuirk for their help.
    Yeah about that... Maybe it's just me, but I can't find the damn link! I know that I've used it before, but for the life of me, I simply cannot find it!

    Maybe I'm just getting old...

    *Rolls eyes*


    Quote Originally Posted by squakie View Post
    BTW - wasn't this the same issue from your post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1999501&page=2 from 2012? I thought it looked like you had it solved there.
    Ha, so it is... I forgot about that!

    Because I'm using Ubuntu almost exclusively now and because I am seriously considering making the switch full-time, I've started keeping a log locally (i.e. on my computer) of "common problems and resolutions" from the past, in addition to actively educating myself on the more advanced aspects of Ubuntu and Linux-based operating systems... Terminal commands in particular.

    I'm no wizard yet, but computers come naturally to me and if I am to make the full-time jump, I'd rather know my stuff.

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