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[Solved] Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 12:35 am
by SweetBearCub
I know that it's netbook class and not all that powerful, but many games from Steam just force close when started, which makes me think that perhaps I am not availing myself of the best possible driver. (For example, both Skyrim LE and SE do not get to the launcher, BioSock does show the menu at all of 8 FPS, etc)

System: Linux Mint 20 Ulyana, Cinnamon, x64

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inxi -G
Graphics:
  Device-1: AMD Kabini [Radeon HD 8330] driver: radeon v: kernel 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.8 driver: ati,radeon 
  unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: AMD KABINI (DRM 2.50.0 5.4.0-42-generic LLVM 10.0.0) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 20.0.8 

Re: Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:18 am
by trytip
drivers for amd graphics are now in the kernel. default kernel should do just fine. if it doesn't you may have bought a lemon chrome book

Re: Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:22 am
by SweetBearCub
X140e isn't a Chromeook, but thanks for the answer.

I bought this as an ultraportable to Reddit with a nice screen and keyboard, stream media, and have a better user experience than a phone. So far it's done all of that very well. Any gaming that it can manage is gravy, as some say.

Re: Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:47 am
by antikythera
It's possible to use the amdgpu experimental support with Kabini GPU because they are first generation GCN. The amdgpu driver performs marginally better but do not expect miracles.

Alter your /etc/default/grub so it reads the following. If you already have other commands on that line, just supplement them. Do not start a new line.

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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="radeon.si_support=0 radeon.cik_support=0 amdgpu.si_support=1 amdgpu.cik_support=1"
then do

sudo update-grub

followed by a restart of course.

Re: Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:02 am
by SweetBearCub
antikythera wrote:
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:47 am
It's possible to use the amdgpu experimental support with Kabini GPU because they are first generation GCN. The amdgpu driver performs marginally better but do not expect miracles.
I just got a very similar reply from Reddit and rebooted after making those changes... to see an email letting me know of your suggestion.

Thanks though!

Re: [Solved] Best GPU driver for a Lenovo ThinkPad X140e with AMD A4-5000/HD8330 iGPU?

Posted: Sat Aug 22, 2020 6:15 am
by antikythera
No problem, at least it's here too for people who don't like reddit