4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 7, 2013 1:27 PM by narf

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


      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 http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.7.2-raring/) with patches as described in this forum thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2074962

           - From the xedgers PPA repository: https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa/+sourcepub/2910109/+listing-archive-extra


      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?

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

          I'm afraid that nobody here can help you out . You should probably find the answer somewhere else, in some Linux&FGLRX-oriented forums, or even wait for Ubuntu 13.04 (if you still hope that this version will support your GPU). Sorry .

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

              The problem is, there is no fglrx-oriented forum and this one here is the closest one related to AMD that I've found. Plus, if the driver is produced by AMD's developers and it doesn't work, how could anybody help me, except one such developer.


              With Ubuntu's latest kernel images actually making the situation worse (I can no more get the vesa driver working in latest versions), I don't think that waiting for an OS release that is months away is an option. And I've already said in my previous post - I don't think that it has anything to do with Ubuntu at all. Fedora barely managed to show me some scrambled graphics and SUSE didn't even boot.


              In an update to the situation, although the 7600M series is listed as supported by the latest Catalyst (13.1, I believe) driver - it doesn't work either. I'll promptly provide any kind of information and will do tests (as long as there is no danger of bricking my laptop) if any of the Catalyst/fglrx devs are willing to help, I'm sure that would benefit many people.