Mint 17 and 18 and now 19 AMD GPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

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oldgranola
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Re: Mint 17 and 18 and now 19 AMD GPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Post by oldgranola » Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:52 am

There are no AMD proprietary drivers for ubuntu18 hence LM19, have not been released. AMDGPU-pro won't work on ubuntuLM19 kernels. Just use the built in driver based on AMDGPU open source. Unfortunately may not work for older AMD. However, I found to my delight that my '012 AMD-A8-6699K with radeon HD857XX APU graphics is handled quite well by defaults. I did have to choose the right monitor and resolution which turned strangely turned out to 4096x2160. My LG 72inch isn't supposed to go there but ..er..OK. Working MUCH better on photos and vids than the proprietary fglrx ever did for me in LM17. I haven't played games yet which push the graphics engine yet though.

I wonder if some problems folks see including me in the past is matching the monitor to the resolution options and not just what driver one uses?
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Re: Mint 17 and 18 and now 19 AMD GPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Post by iptvengineer » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:35 am

In my case, the defaults do not work after the second boot. During the install, everything worked beautifully. After the second boot, the screen dims to the point where troubleshooting can be done, but other than that, the unit is unusable. All driver install work was done to correct the dimming problem. None worked. Nomodeset is the only workaround i have found, and I would like to be able to at least use the radeon open source drivers, and eliminate the nomodest warning that comes up after each boot. Hoping that the proper driver will get the screen/laptop to properly go to sleep after 30 minutes.

Machine is fully up-to-date.

UPDATE:
With the installation of the latest kernal (4.15.0-29-generic), the display began going to sleep at the appropriate time. I removed the 'nomodeset' from the boot loader and rebooted. Unit still went dim on bootup, but the brightness setting worked. I was able to set the brightness, and it stays through reboots. Happy to say I now consider this laptop fully functional and correct on this OS (Mint 19).
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Re: Mint 17 and 18 and now 19 AMD GPU drivers! Look here before doing anything!

Post by mmortal03 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:53 pm

I'm trying 17.3 on an old APU laptop to see if I can get the fglrx driver working, hoping that it will allow the system to switch the CPU to lower power modes to quiet the fan, as the fan currently runs full blast with the open source driver. The machine is a Samsung Series 3 laptop with an AMD APU, E2-1800 processor, integrated Radeon HD 7340 graphics.

I'm presented with *three* options in the Driver Manager: the open source driver, fglrx-updates, and fglrx. I first tried fglrx, rebooted, and the X server would not start. I'm going to try fglrx-updates next (but I don't know what the difference between it and fglrx is.) Does anyone know why there are three options instead of two, and why X server would not start with fglrx?

Edit: fglrx-updates also doesn't work.

In the Xorg log it says:
modprobe: ERROR: ../libkmod/libkmod-module.c:809 kmod_module_insert_module() could not find module by name='fglrx_updates'
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'fglrx_updates': Function not implemented
(WW) fglrx: No matching Device section for instance (BusID PCI:0@0:1:1)
modprobe: ERROR: ../libkmod/libkmod-module.c:809 kmod_module_insert_module() could not find module by name='fglrx_updates'
modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'fglrx_updates': Function not implemented
(EE)
Fatal server error:
(EE) no screens found(EE)
(EE)


Edit 2: looks like it was a kernel issue. I don't know why, but linux-image-4.4.0-130-generic had been installed on 17.3. (Is that a normal update for 17.3?) Going back to linux-image-3.19.0-32-generic allowed it to boot into the X server.

Edit 3: Lowering GPU power setttings to maximum battery life in both Linux and Windows, as well as forcing the processor power management state to its lowest on Windows still doesn't drop the fan speed, so this may have been all for naught. :) Time to break out the compressed air and see if dust on the fan is the culprit; otherwise, it would seem the fan just audibly runs on this model no matter what you do.

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