Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby briandh25 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:14 am

Hi everyone. Sorry if this is a newbie or a too-broad question but is it known if this issue will be fixed in Mint 19 without any workarounds?

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby Citizen229 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:58 am

Mint 19 is a ways off. I would assume eventually the devs would select a driver version for the AMDGPU drivers and set it up in the driver manager. At this point, AMD is updating the driver frequently. Mint 19 being down the road will give AMD plenty of time to get their drivers hashed out.
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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby briandh25 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:38 pm

Thank you for your reply!

I know that I'm thinking too far ahead with this but the thing is that I really like Mint out of all the other distros I've tried and I wouldn't like to be forced to use another one, let alone go back to Windows again, especially now that I got quite used to it.

Even though I enjoy all the tinkering and stuff, I also want reliability. Sometimes we can't afford something that might suddenly break out of nowhere.

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby mperkel » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:29 pm

I have;

VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Oland PRO [Radeon R7 240/340]

Anything I can do or should I just get a new graphics card? And which one?

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby rene » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:26 pm

mperkel wrote:Anything I can do or should I just get a new graphics card?

Do regarding what? You don't need anything; you are currently running well-accelerated using the "radeon" driver. You will moreover in the future have access to AMDGPU and AMDGPU-PRO; Oland is GCN1 (aka."Southern Island"), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_Core_Next#Graphics_Core_Next_.28Southern_Islands.29, which is to say that for now your card is only experimentally supported by AMDGPU (which you shouldn't bother with unless you're an expert) but will in the future be fully supported.

As to when "future" is only AMD knows -- but note once again that you are NOT missing out on anything currently. The "radeon" driver supports your card fine.

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby mperkel » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:48 pm

I bought a couple Samsung 32" TV sets to use as monitors and the text looked really bad. It almost looked that old CRTs with bad convergence. What should be a thin black vertical line seemed to have colored edges.

I thought it was the monitors. But I have a Windows 10 laptop so I thought I'd try it our and everything looks great. So I'm trying to understand why it looks like crap running Linux Mint and great running Windows?

What am I missing?

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby rene » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:03 pm

mperkel wrote:What am I missing?

Functional DDC? Was the Windows 10 laptop connected through the same cable to the same input on the TV?

Please post the output of inxi -Gx; it'll show you both which driver you are using and which resolution has been selected. You can with e.g. xrandr -s 1920x1080 for "1920x1080" any of the resolutions shown by plain xrandr see if anything works -- but if it would, things would've automatically been better so probably not. If you can attach or upload somewhere /var/log/Xorg.0.log we may be able to say something...

To a moderator: it would probably by the way be better to move the remainder of this subthread elsewhere...

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby mperkel » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:51 pm

Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Oland PRO [Radeon R7 240/340] bus-ID: 01:00.0
Display Server: X.org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
tty size: 210x50 Advanced Data: N/A for root

Maybe I should explain more. I do have 2 24" monitors that I'm using now that are 1080 resolution that work pretty well. That's why I was surprised the Samsung 32 inch monitors looked so bad. At first I just thought the Samsung TVs were somehow unsuited for monitor use, but it works fine plugged into a Windows laptop.

So - just trying to understand what Windows is doing right that Linux isn't doing.

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby rene » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:17 pm

You didn't confirm/deny the W10 laptop being hooked up through the same cable to the same input on the TV.

Also, your inxi -Gx output indicates it being run from a virtual console. Does X not start at al and did you just fail to notice/mention? Or did you explicitly switch to a console? Just run it from a terminal opened in X.

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby rene » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:43 am

rene wrote:Also, your inxi -Gx output indicates it being run from a virtual console.

No it doesn't; it indicates it being run as root/with sudo. I.e., don't do that. Anyways, you using "radeon" was the most important thing, and the answer to the cable/input question still also is.

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Re: Mint 17 and 18 AMDGPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Postby sebadamus » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:37 pm

Hello,

I read this thread and follow AMD install instructions but no luck with amdgpu-pro-17.40-492261 on Linux Mint Mate 18.2 (kernel 4.10.0-38-generic)

(I change the ubuntu to linuxmint string as told in the guides, so the installation seems to install fine.)

The main problem was https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=59&t=256621 this error about OpenGL GLX extensions (there I post some extra info), but also the amdgpu-pro driver is not being used (instead its used the default radeon driver, even after reboot so I have graphical interface anyway, but no amdgpu-pro driver)

I tried uninstalling, reinstalling some times more, til I got a full black screen with the cursos blinking, so I had to crtl+alt+f1 to get to text terminal and uninstall. Before the uninstall, looked dmesg and Xorg.0.log for errors and found this in the last one:

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Failed to load module "amdgpu" (module requirement mismatch, 0)


So, I tried a Ubuntu 16.03 64bits Mate flavor on an spare disk I have, followed the same instructions and it worked smoothly without any problem :roll:

So... it might be that last amdgpu-pro-17.40-492261 is not compatible with LinuxMint at all?

Any thing else I could try?

Thanks,


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