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Old 12-18-2012, 05:58 AM   #1
sayton12
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Cannot get my AMD laptop to run catalyst


My laptop currently has an AMD 7970m with switchable Intel HD 4000 graphics. So far I havn't yet got the catalyst drivers to run on any kind of configuration except for briefly on Ubuntu 12.10.

So far I've tried;

Fedora 17 /w 12.11 beta

Ubuntu 12.10 /w 12.10 and 12.11 beta (12.10 worked briefly but sudo apt-get upgrade and it broke)

ubuntu 12.11 /w 12.10 and 12.11

Debian Wheezy /w 12.11 beta


Right now I'm on Debian Wheezy with 12.11 beta which just boots to a black screen with flashing curser. Cannot type anything either.



Is my card just flat out not yet supported on Linux or am I doing something totally wrong? I also tried the default "additional drivers" in Ubuntu and they didn't even detect my card but did install.

I just get black screens on all other versions.

Last edited by sayton12; 12-18-2012 at 06:02 AM.
 
Old 12-18-2012, 11:20 PM   #2
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My laptop currently has an AMD 7970m with switchable Intel HD 4000 graphics. So far I havn't yet got the catalyst drivers to run on any kind of configuration except for briefly on Ubuntu 12.10.

So far I've tried;

Fedora 17 /w 12.11 beta

Ubuntu 12.10 /w 12.10 and 12.11 beta (12.10 worked briefly but sudo apt-get upgrade and it broke)

ubuntu 12.11 /w 12.10 and 12.11

Debian Wheezy /w 12.11 beta


Right now I'm on Debian Wheezy with 12.11 beta which just boots to a black screen with flashing curser. Cannot type anything either.



Is my card just flat out not yet supported on Linux or am I doing something totally wrong? I also tried the default "additional drivers" in Ubuntu and they didn't even detect my card but did install.

I just get black screens on all other versions.
try this maybe it will help you

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-a-4175440372/
 
Old 12-21-2012, 04:43 PM   #3
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The amdcccle app is part of the ati proprietary driver. Factor in the deprecation of relatively current video cards (HD4xxx). And things get a lot less intuitive. I'd recommend booting to console and using startx to start your gui environment. Until you have functional fglrx drivers (ati's version). Beware that ati replaces libGL for openGL things. Use dpkg-divert to inform you a bit on this if you're using a debian package method to acquire your driver.

I don't know if this is the current state of things but I installed the ati drivers(12.6) with a non-distro package method (Debian/sid). And it did NOT build the fglrx kernel module. Which is hinted to in the log file the install generates. But not really notified with anything that says, but wait, there's more. Perhaps that's the issue you're trying to overcome. In either case I'd recommend uninstalling any display manager until it's resolved (gdm, kdm, xdm, wdm, ???), aka no graphical login. Or just avoid it and use the radeonhd or radeon or vesa driver.
 
  


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