AMD discrete graphic card on Linux Mint 18 Cinammon

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  1. TinMan

    TinMan MDL Member

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    #1 TinMan, Jul 4, 2016
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    Hey, everyone!
    I messed up driver for AMD HD5850 on my production desktop o_O and I have to reinstall my Mint Cinammon 17.3 64-bit... No big deal, it will take me about half an hour, but before I do that, I'm actually considering trying LM 18 Cinammon. However, when I booted from Live Session USB, just after the splash screen, my monitor went into sleep mode and I couldn't get to desktop... I've tried adding the "nomodeset" to the UEFI boot menu, and then it worked, but Cinammon only run in the software rendering mode and the only item I got in the "Drivers" module was the "intel microcode"...:confused:
    So, my question is: has any of you had the same issue with an AMD discrete graphic card when installing Linux Mint 18 Cinammon x64? How did you resolved it?

    Thanx!

    P.S.
    I haven't posted this question on the Linux Mint forum yet, I thought I should try on my favourite forum first :)
     
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  2. Nongshim

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    I thought the newest Ubuntu and anything derived from it no longer supported proprietary drivers (at least having them built in like the older versions). My card is not supported in any of the newer or older versions of Linux, so the screen flashes different colors, and the performance sucks even with the proprietary drivers installed. It seems especially with just the open source drivers available from within the OS, that even less people will have success with Linux, which I'm assuming the number of people with a perfectly working Linux OS on their PC is roughly about 3 or 4.
     
  3. PhaseDoubt

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    After using several "proprietary" drivers, I now use only the built-in Mint drivers. For my purposes, they work just fine.

    In VirtualBox, you can stop it from running in software rendering mode by enabling 3D Acceleration. Maybe you can do that in your setup.
     
  4. TinMan

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    #4 TinMan, Jul 6, 2016
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    You're right, AMD's Catalyst fglrx drivers are no longer supported in Ubuntu 16.04 and, by that, in Linux Mint 18 because they are not compatible with Xorg 1.18, which is the version used in these two distros. From Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon release notes: "If you are using an ATI GPU in Linux Mint 18, the operating system will either select the Radeon or AMDGPU drivers for you, and these are installed by default." I have an old HD5850, which is recognized as "radeon" and the drivers were successfully installed, with hardware acceleration, DRI...

    Which graphics card do you have? Intel? nVidia? AMD? Hybrid? Maybe someone on this forum could help you resolve the issue...

    :confused: :shok: ...

    As for my question in the original post, I'm happy to tell you all that I've managed to install successfully Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon on my production desktop... I've figured out what I was doing wrong during the installation: it turned out that my TV, connected via HDMI, was causing the trouble. For some reason, it is always recognized as the primary display during the installation process and the desktop display monitor switches off at login screen :facepalm: It happened to me also years back when I first installed Windows 7 and, more recently, while installing Linux Mint 17.2... So, once I've disconnected the HDMI cable, the installation was a breeze, it took me only 20 minutes or so :cool:

    And, since I have a separate /home partition, all my settings were preserved - all I had to do was to install a few programs I had installed in LM 17.3 and everything is now working like a charm! Although, the color scheme in Terminal was borked, but I've fixed it, as well as a problem with gvfsd-smb-browse process using 100% on one of the CPU's cores... If any of you has those issues, let me know, and I'll post a simple fix...

    :matrix:

    Anyway, from what I could see, LM 18 is noticeably faster than LM 17.x

    So, again and again... :linuxlove:
     
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  5. TinMan

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    #5 TinMan, Jul 7, 2016
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  6. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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  7. TinMan

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    Only, this is not a fglrx driver, but an AMDGPU-Pro Driver (beta)...
     
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  8. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Well the support for the proprietary driver is now being worked on, maybe you should submit your issue to AMD. The only supported mode for now is the software mode.
     
  9. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

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    I was under the impression that basically anything that isn't GCN (high-end 7000-series and higher that isn't a re-brand) would be much better suited towards the open-source graphics driver. A HD5850 should handle almost flawlessly with the open-source graphics driver, but I'm not entirely sure what might be going on under Linux Mint (I can vouch for the open-source stack under openSUSE TW, Fedora, and Ubuntu being ok).
     
  10. crazyodaz

    crazyodaz MDL Novice

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    seriously? nobody? -- AMD / Microsoft Partnerships long time for Xbox and Directx, some of there virtual stuff too --- I want some flying helicopters , some real life conspiracy theory's, thou it does sorta piss me off that i upgraded my laptop without knowing all this, went on vacation only to find out Peppermint 7 did not support AMD cause of the flying helicopters -- think ill just go back to Peppermint 6

    just always funny when something does not work and a couple fingers can be pointed somewhere in Microsofts direction :)