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ifnotforyou
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AMD drivers installation

Postby ifnotforyou » Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:07 am

Hi,
for some reason I'd like to install AMD drivers.

My OS is LMDE 2 MATE:

inxi -G
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Juniper PRO [Radeon HD 5750]
Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD JUNIPER
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2

inxi
CPU~Quad core Intel Core i7 860 (-HT-MCP-) clocked at Min:1197.000Mhz Max:2794.000Mhz Kernel~3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 Up~58 min Mem~1100.0/7995.1MB HDD~3628.7GB(83.0% used) Procs~207 Client~Shell inxi~2.1.28

I've found link to these instructions on this very forum:
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions ... n-8-jessie

Would this be fine for my system (and kernel version) or is something else recommended.

Thank you!

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Re: AMD drivers installation

Postby deepakdeshp » Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:07 am

The driver has to be supported for the Mint version you are using, otherwise you will not be able to boot and get to the desktoo.
For Mint 18 there are no AMD drivers available. For Mint 17.x fglrx.
You can try drivers visible in your driver manager.
I wasnt successful with any downloaded drivers. Oncevyou install unsupoorted drivers, it is difficult to remove too.
If I have helped you solve a problem, please add [SOLVED] to your first post title, it helps other users looking for help, and keeps the forum clean.
I am using Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: AMD drivers installation

Postby Fred Barclay » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:40 am

G'day ifnotforyou! :)
Actually, there are AMD drivers available for Jessie (and therefore LMDE 2), depending on how old your video card is. AMD doesn't support their Linux video drivers very long, so if your card is more than a few years old there probably isn't an available, safe driver. If on the other hand you have a pretty new machine, then there are probably AMD drivers available.

They're not simple to install, though, and you do run the risk of breaking your system (video driver breakages are among the most difficult to recover from, 'cause if something goes terribly wrong you can't even see the screen.) ;) So if you want to proceed, please back up your system first!

Can you run inxi -Fxz and post the output here?
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Re: AMD drivers installation

Postby ifnotforyou » Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:18 pm

Hi Fred,
thanks for your answer. Here is the inxi -Fxz output:

System: Host: debian Kernel: 3.16.0-4-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.4) Desktop: MATE 1.14.1 (Gtk 3.14.5+4)
Distro: LinuxMint 2 betsy
Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: P55M-UD2 Bios: Award v: F11 date: 06/23/2010
CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7 860 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 22382
Clock Speeds: 1: 1197 MHz 2: 1197 MHz 3: 1197 MHz 4: 1197 MHz 5: 1197 MHz 6: 1197 MHz 7: 2261 MHz
8: 1862 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Juniper PRO [Radeon HD 5750] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.16.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1920x1200@59.95hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD JUNIPER GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.3.2 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card-1 Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series]
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1
Card-3 LaCie driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 003-002
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.16.0-4-amd64
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: de00 bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 3628.7GB (0.5% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Samsung_SSD_850 size: 500.1GB
ID-2: /dev/sdb model: ST3000DM001 size: 3000.6GB ID-3: /dev/sdc model: M4 size: 128.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 28G used: 5.3G (21%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc2
ID-2: /home size: 82G used: 3.6G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdc3
ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.80GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdc1
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 36.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 40.0
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 197 Uptime: 5 min Memory: 999.1/7995.1MB Init: SysVinit runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.9.2
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.301) inxi: 2.1.28


My GPU is quite old, I'm afraid.
I thought the GPU drivers could be cause for my freezing problems in some distros, unfortunately LMDE2 included. (But not Mint 16 - IDK which drivers I was using there and I have already deleted that system! :/ - or in Win). I almost turned every other stone so driver could be worth a try and I'm not afraid to break anything anymore, since ATM it's already broken. If it won't work, I'll just move on to Mint 17.1.

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Re: AMD drivers installation

Postby Fred Barclay » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:22 pm

There is a driver available, but there might be a bit of a problem...
One driver version is available for Debian 8 "Jessie":

AMD Catalyst 14.9 (supported devices)
For Radeon R9 200 series, Radeon R7 200 series, Radeon HD 8000, Radeon HD 7000, Radeon HD 6000 and Radeon HD 5000 GPUs.

https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary

Can you review the link above and make sure that's the case? If so, you can install it like this:

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aptitude -r install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') fglrx-driver

Create a Xorg configuration file: https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#configure
Then reboot.

Now for the potential problem. This driver is reported to be incompatible with the Gnome desktop. Since you're on MATE it might work or it might not (if you were on Cinnamon I suspect it would not work) so I did want to make you aware of that before you try it.

Make sure to read that link completely first before you install! This is the Barclay-abbreviated version :) so there's still lots of good info you need to check out first.

Cheers!
Fred
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