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Re: Solve boot problems with AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards

Post by fruitkiller » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:43 pm

Some might have encountered my problems with my long-standing Mint 17.3 partition, which started as 17, then 17.1, 17.2, 17.3. Along the way the 15.30.1025 AMD driver for my Radeon HD 7850 stopped working, one of those times I pressed the power button, and X crashed at boot. It says I'm still using it, although, that install is messed up, it recognizes it, but opengl isn't installed and typing fglrxinfo gives one an error saying it's not installed. Then after that QT and some KDE applications stopped working. On terminal they all said "Segfault". So, I installed Mint 17.1 from a fresh iso on another old 200gb WD drive that refuses to break since 2005....back then they didn't have colour "codes", they were all black text on them, on those first SATA drives.

Anyway, I went my merry way and successfully installed the 15.30.1025 driver on it. But sometime, when I installed a program from backup using Aptik, it installed many X related packages and inevitably the X refused to open, segfault error happened. So I'm now in there, reinstalling, uninstalling and installing, and it won't install anymore.

So segfault, I did a memtest and although I couldn't find the 2 pass option, which is weird, I did a complete test and it found some errors. This is Corsair memory, it's supposed to be high quality right? Better than Kingston memory by miles, right? I have 16gb of ram, as 2 packs of 2 Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1866mhz memory. Am I really to the point where one of the memory slots could be broken? Or a memory stick being half broken? Because typically, the BIOS detects faulty memory with a typical sequence of beeps, but I get none of that. The only error I get sometimes is that I have an Overclock error and to press F1 to enter BIOS and repair it, although I have not overclocked anything, even if I have quite the cooling system and a chip made for that (AMDFX8350 Black Edition 8 cores). Some have told me to swap around the brackets and do a memtest again, I really hate messing around with mem sticks, especially these, it would seem the big handles on those Corsairs sticks help, but, really they don't help one with big fingers/hands all that much and it obscures the slots a lot more than regular boring green small brackets. But is that where I am now, looking for a faulty mem stick(s) ? Because I have definitely tried everything and as soon as some packages get installed the driver gets broken. If I start Audacious-Qt in this 17.1 install, it does start but if I start the Visualization it will crash. While it worked before installing a program that drags along a lot of packages, or pre-installing packages to compile my own ffmpeg (I always do that). Situation's confusing for sure. Right now though the error is different than in my "main" Mint install, the 17.3 one I stuck around with for so long despite being broken in so many ways, as long the basics were working and openvpn worked, it was fine, I can use regular Audacious and other IRC programs and different programs for other purposes, although I find them inferior than what I truly want, like what was I considered my perfect built (the one that started with 17 through 17.3). Before asking for inxi...look at my previous posts if you feel so inclined. I think it's now down to a single point of hardware failure. Hopefully not the memory inside the gpu.

edit : I just remembered, what broke the Mint 17.1 install was me installing that new kernel that was available in the updates along with the headers. It was 3.13.0.141 and even going back to 3.13.0-27 which is the kernel that came with the iso I downloaded from the site and verified with the key as conform. After that and all what that installed, including gcc 4.8, where gcc 4.6 I think was there previously from the clean install. Maybe not installing linux-firmware was a bad idea, should I install it? Maybe it needs it to work with my gpu? Anyways, I found what broke the driver, similar to what I think happened sometimes when updating the 17.3 built, which survived 17->17.1->17.2->17.3 (although I had to reinstall the driver for 17.3 when it was new, gave me the same X server crash, although not sure it was a segfault, as I was able to install it again easily.

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Re: Solve boot problems with AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards

Post by fruitkiller » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:40 am

I want to make a new post because I finally figured it out after some lucky search results when using the error I would get after installing the driver using .deb packages I made from the .run file. It worked even without rebooting, although my sound cards disappeared so I had to reboot and I was lucky, they all came back and now I'm wowed by the quality of the colour again and how smooth it goes and no error when typing in fglrxinfo.

I found a pastebin link with my issue and somehow how to repair it : https://pastebin.com/CQT13yni

So, I did this :

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user@debian-desktop:~$ fglrxinfo | grep renderingXlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Xlib:  extension "GLX" missing on display ":0.0".
Error: couldn't find RGB GLX visual!
 
user@debian-desktop:~$ compiz --replace
Unlike that person's pastebin results, I got something different, it said things about my gpu and some errors, like, the bottom panel had teleported to the top of the screen and windows lost their 3 buttons at the upper right (I'm using MATE). So I manage to get the panel back at the bottom, but with the sound cards having disappeared and no icons in the windows, I rebooted and now fglrxinfo gives the info it should and Catalyst works again :

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display: :0.0  screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series  
OpenGL version string: 4.5.13416 Compatibility Profile Context 15.30.1025
So, right now I'm not going to mess around with kernels, even though I'm using kernel 3.13, it's the very latest kernel 3.13. Not risking it, I'll try to see if I can game later when I install CrossOver or Wine, dunno if I'll install CrossOver right away. This is a way to make it work, I wonder if it would in my 17.3 partition, I will try, I don't think I ever used deb files created from the .run installation file before, or if I did, it didn't work once installed.

The Visualizations in Audacious work, and the plugin is called openGL visualization so I guess it's there for good.

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