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Linux: Is there a way to get fglrx working with HD 7650M at all?

Question asked by narf on Jan 13, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 7, 2013 by narf

Using Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit, though I don't seem that it really matters. I've been trying to get the fgrlx driver working for days now and I've turned the net upside-down in order to find a solution, but to no avail - nobody seems to have gotten it to work.


I DO NOT have an Intel integrated graphics adapter, here's what lshw and lspci show:


$ sudo lshw -c display


       description: VGA compatible controller

       product: Thames [Radeon 7500M/7600M Series]

       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI

       physical id: 0

       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0

       version: 00

       width: 64 bits

       clock: 33MHz

       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom

       configuration: driver=radeon latency=0

       resources: irq:45 memory:b0000000-bfffffff memory:c4000000-c401ffff ioport:5000(size=256) memory:c4040000-c405ffff


$ lspci | grep VGA

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Thames [Radeon 7500M/7600M Series]


(the exact model I get from googling for SVE1712V1EB - my laptop's model)


I've tried all of the following:


- Installing the fglrx / fglrx-updates packages from Ubuntu's official repository.

- Installing the AMD Catalyst 12.10 driver from AMD's website.

- Installing the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 11 driver from AMD's website:

     - On a regular kernel

     - On a 3.7.x kernel (from with patches as described in this forum thread:

     - From the xedgers PPA repository:


The last one caused aticonfig to display a "No supported adapters detected" message, but since the others variants detect it AND since it's deffinately not a "legacy" adapter - I doubt that this is really the case.


Whatever I do, X just freezes at boot time (and at least with the 3.7 kernel I can switch to another TTY by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F<number> - on 3.5 I can only press the power button to shut down) and produces the attached Xorg.0.log file. I've tried adding the Modes section to xorg.conf as this seemed to have helped some people, but to no avail.


I know I can use the open-source radeon driver, but AFAIK it lacks good support for the 7000M series and this is not the point anyway ... I don't think I should explain why.


Can anybody answer me how or when would I be able to get fglrx working?