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Old 07-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
jovin555
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Debian 7 radeon graphics driver installation problem


I tried to install radeon graphics driver for debian using the following commands

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deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
# aptitude update
# aptitude -r install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,') fglrx-driver
# mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
# echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "fglrx"\nEndSection' > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf
but after rebooting the system,gdm3 desktop is not loading.It shows some executions and is stuck.the last line showed
Quote:
[42.904925]ieee80211 phy0:brcms-ops-bss-info-change:arp filtering:enabled true,count1(implement)
how can i solve this issue and get my gdm3 desktop back
 
Old 07-14-2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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Your post is a bit confusing. The first line of your quote is this:
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deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
This is NOT a command but rather a repo which should appear as an entry in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

The 2nd point is why are you trying to build the fglrx driver? Have you tried to use the driver that comes with your kernel. I have used ATI Radeon graphics for years and the kernel driver has worked quite well for at least the last 5 years. In the olden days I used to have to build the fglrx driver but that's been unnecessary for a long time now.

I would try to undo what you have done to return to the state before your buggered up your system.

Was there a particular reason for not using the kernel driver for your graphics card?

Do you have a particular reason for using Debian Stable rather than Testing (or even Sid)?
jdk
 
Old 07-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #3
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I just did some google search and got these terminal commands.So how can i uninstall this driver and install the driver that comes with the kernal.can you give me the commands to do those in terminal?
 
Old 07-14-2013, 08:45 AM   #4
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You can start by posting the output of the command
Code:
lsmod |grep fglrx
This will tell us if the fglrx module has actually been loaded.
You can also post the output of this command:
Code:
lsmod |grep radeon
That will give us the first idea of the current state of affairs.

Can you log into your system using the Repair mode from the grub menu?
jdk
 
Old 07-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #5
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I have just unistalled the fglrx driver using the following command and now my desktop is back

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sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx*
Anyways i will post the output of those commands

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root@debian:/home/jovin# lsmod | grep fglrx
root@debian:/home/jovin# lsmod | grep radeon
radeon 636657 0
ttm 47786 1 radeon
drm_kms_helper 22738 2 i915,radeon
drm 146387 6 drm_kms_helper,ttm,i915,radeon
i2c_algo_bit 12713 2 i915,radeon
i2c_core 19116 7 i2c_algo_bit,i2c_i801,drm,drm_kms_helper,i915,radeon,videodev
power_supply 13283 3 ac,battery,radeon
But i would like to install the graphics driver.please help me with it.
 
Old 07-14-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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What makes you think it isn't installed?
Can you run glxgears? Go to a terminal and run the command, glxgears.
A popup window should open with a bunch of gears turning. On your terminal do you see output like this?
Code:
~$ glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh.  The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
301 frames in 5.0 seconds = 60.186 FPS
300 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.882 FPS
300 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.880 FPS
300 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.879 FPS
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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i got output like this.

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root@debian:/etc/X11# glxgears
Running synchronized to the vertical refresh. The framerate should be
approximately the same as the monitor refresh rate.
297 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.359 FPS
299 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.624 FPS
299 frames in 5.0 seconds = 59.623 FPS
XIO: fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server ":0"
after 2220 requests (2220 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
So is my graphics driver already installed?

Last edited by jovin555; 07-14-2013 at 09:42 AM.
 
Old 07-14-2013, 09:59 AM   #8
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Yup, it certainly is. What more do you want from it? Why did you think it wasn't installed?
If you're happy then please mark this thread as solved.
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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its because when i run systemsettings>details>graphics>driver shows Intel Ironlake Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2.So is it running radeon graphics?
 
Old 07-14-2013, 10:16 AM   #10
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To find out execute the command
Code:
lshw
Do this a root or using sudo.
Here is my entry:
Code:
          *-display
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: RV710 [Radeon HD 4350/4550]
                vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/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:50 memory:e0000000-efffffff memory:f7e20000-f7e2ffff ioport:e000(size=256) memory:f7e00000-f7e1ffff
Find the section dealing with "display" and in that section look for "driver=". That should tell you what driver is being used.
Got it?
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Old 07-14-2013, 10:19 AM   #11
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that command is not working

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root@debian:/home/jovin# lshw
bash: lshw: command not found
 
Old 07-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #12
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Install the lshw package. Then try again.
jdk
 
Old 07-14-2013, 10:28 AM   #13
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i got like this

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*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Caicos [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M 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 cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:a0000000-afffffff memory:c6400000-c641ffff ioport:5000(size=256) memory:c6420000-c643ffff
*-display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
version: 02
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
resources: irq:44 memory:c0000000-c03fffff memory:b0000000-bfffffff ioport:6050(size=8)
 
Old 07-14-2013, 10:46 AM   #14
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Seems that is a laptop with switchable graphics, or a desktop with the intel video left on in the BIOS.

BTW, there are 2 different drivers for AMD/ATI video cards (and NVidia as well)- the open source drivers and the closed source drivers. In a lot of cases, you dont need to install the closed drivers, the open soruce drivers will work just fine.

You should read the directions on the debian 'how to install the AMD proprietary display driver' rather than just copy and pasting them, its farily clear

Quote:
Add "contrib" and "non-free" components to /etc/apt/sources.list, for example:

Quote:
# Debian 7 "Wheezy"
deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
http://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary

But with a switchable graphics laptop, following those directions will just lead to breaking your display. Not sure what would happen with a desktop with the intel video left on, I've never tried it to find out...
 
Old 07-14-2013, 11:01 AM   #15
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It seems that one of the cards (the Intel) is using the i915 driver. If the graphics are behaving nicely (and they appear to be) then why do anything else? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Any reason to prefer the Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series?
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