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Overheating problems with Open Source Video Drivers and ATI

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 5:17 pm
by kendokaG

Sorry if this has been posted in wrong place/wrong way - I've not posted here before.

I have just installed LM12 and, as always, the open source video drivers just do not work properly with my laptop - I get major overheating issues, that I've previously fixed by using AMD's ATI drivers (FGLRX)...except they don't work with Gnome 3 :(

Is there any way to configure the open source driver, so that the overheating problem stopts?


Re: Overheating problems with Open Source Video Drivers and

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:21 pm
by davidbfoster
No way to fix the overheating problem that I know of when using the opensource drivers. I have 2 6970s in crossfire with catalyst 11.11 installed with no issue. (LM 12 & Gnome 3).

Did you have a catalyst installation issue? Let me know where you get hung up......

Re: Overheating problems with Open Source Video Drivers and

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:25 pm
by kendokaG
Thanks for the reply!

I've tried using jockey to install AMD's drivers, but they seem to destroy gnome 3 - not sure what version of fglrx catalyst installs, but it doesn't seem to work.


Re: Overheating problems with Open Source Video Drivers and

Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:47 pm
by davidbfoster
I don't use the jockey drivers. Since you've already installed a version of FGLRX, you'll have to un-install it. Easy enough to do since you used Jockey.....just go there and uninstall before proceeding.

First, enter this in terminal to load prerequisite packages:
sudo apt-get install build-essential cdbs fakeroot dh-make debhelper debconf libstdc++6 dkms libqtgui4 wget execstack libelfg0 dh-modaliases

Then, IF YOU are using 64 bit LinuxMint, you still need to install the following:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

Then, do the following:
1. Download 11.11 from AMD's site
2. Right click on the downloaded file and make it executable
3. Double click the file and choose to open in terminal
4. Install process is smooth from there (if for some reason it tells you fglrx is already loaded, you can force the install by adding --force at the end. Just enter root, drag the ati deb into terminal, and add --force. Not the best way, but I've done it several times without issues)
5. Reboot
6. Right click on Admin mode icon and change launch properties to gksu amdcccle (not sure how to do this in GNOME 3. I have to enter a MATE session to make this change)
7. Double click Admin mode icon, make your adjustments, then reboot. All should work fine....(If you have multiple monitors, you may notice catalyst admin mode just closes without making the changes. The only way I've found to fix this, is enter root mode in terminal, then type in gksu amdccle. Works every time for me)

I have eyefinity across 3 27" screens and they work flawlessly. In fact, of all distros I've tried, and there are MANY, LMDE was the easiest of all to configure my graphics cards (2x 6970's in crossfire). If you have any questions let me know.

Re: Overheating problems with Open Source Video Drivers and

Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:51 am
by kendokaG
Unfortunately it didn't seem to work - it installed ok, but the display was still corrupt :(

Thanks for your help - but it looks as though I might either have to go back to Ubuntu, or LMDE!