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M8WHRR
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AMD Radeon

Post by M8WHRR » Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:38 pm

Hi all,
I've been doing a bit of research on Linux and it's incompatibility with AMD graphics cards/chips. All the information I've found is over a year old now, so does anyone have any updates on whether this will be rectified? I'm gaming currently on Mint, but I feel the graphics would be greatly improved if the Radeon 8850M chip would run. I really didnt want to put windows on this system, but it's looking like I will have to, especially as Fs17 & upcoming 19 are incompatible with Linux. Would any other distros recognise my graphics chip?

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Re: AMD Radeon

Post by Mattyboy » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:39 pm

You can install the AMD catalyst drivers in Mint 17.3/Ubuntu 16.04. Both have about another year of support ( I think ).

There currently is no other Linux alternative for Radeon propriety drivers.

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Re: AMD Radeon

Post by English Invader » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:18 am

The only answers in the long term are to either move over to Nvidia or move back to Windows.

I'm quite fortunate in that I tend to mainly play older games through Wine/PlayOnLinux so my HD 5450 (with open source driver) is just fine for me.

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Re: AMD Radeon

Post by M8WHRR » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:37 am

Thanks, I will put 17.3 on and see how it goes with that. I really don't want to go back to Windows, I don't know how to use it anymore, the last version I used being Vista. Not only that, it costs a bloody fortune. Push comes to shove, I will have to set up a bare windows 10 OS for purposes of gaming, and keep Mint as my main drive.

I have just changed laptops on a very limited budget to allow me to play games at better spec, I have used a 2011 macbook pro up until last month, when the hatred overwhelmed me. I bought a second hand Dell 3540, though in hindsight, I should have done more research in to compatibilities. Being a lorry driver I just can't justify a desktop. 😂

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Re: AMD Radeon

Post by shawnhcorey » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:15 am

Yeah, the newer Linux is not calling the graphics routines in the old drivers. Instead, it falls back to the CPU and it only uses one core when it does. :( The problem with running an older kernel is it doesn't have the security patches.
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Re: AMD Radeon

Post by Mattyboy » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:56 am

M8WHRR wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:37 am
Not only that, it costs a bloody fortune. Push comes to shove, I will have to set up a bare windows 10 OS for purposes of gaming, and keep Mint as my main drive.
I'm not a fan of Windows 10 but I do dual boot for gaming/like to keep up. I've nothing against it and tend to go with 'the right tool for the job'.. if I wanna play Windows games I boot Windows. Can't be doing with all the struggles to get them running on Linux. Besides you don't run Linux to use Windows :lol: I also run Linux native games on Steam ( you need propriety drivers ).

Here's a tip for you regarding the cost. You can buy, from a well known website named after a river, OEM activation codes for Windows 10 ( will work for the life time of the hardware if you don't dramatically upgrade ) for around five quid. They send you an E.mail. Download the ISO for free from M$, install and activate. I'm running W10 pro for a fiver.

Linux is my main OS now and always will be but its handy having other options.

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