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Old 01-30-2015, 10:35 PM   #1
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How do I use my AMD 280X to render game graphics?

So total Linux noob here, so I apologize for poor wording or not being able to understand anything!

So I want to love Linux (mint, btw) I really do, but my one problem is that I can't run games because, despite having the HDMI cord running through the graphics card, Linux is for some reason using the Intel integrated graphics as a renderer. Now, I have no tools to totally confirm this (I primarily use MSI Afterburner on windows) other than noticing that any linux games I have run sort of poorly (none of the games I have for linux other than Witcher 2 are demanding enough to be obvious). So how do I (or can I even) use my AMD card as a renderer? After looking around for solutions, I've picked up that AMD/Linux support is sort of poor, but is it really excluding me from using my card at all?! Thanks!
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Try installing inxi.
sudo apt-get install inxi
, run it by entering
inxi -G
You should see something like:-
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA Device 1287 X.Org: 1.14.3 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz 
           GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 730/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.4.0 NVIDIA 340.58
But with your AMD specifics info.
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Ok it said inxi is already the newest version and gave correct specs. After some further prodding, I noticed that the GPU felt hot when playing games, indicating that is was being used, and Portal 2 was showing ~120 fps, but it definitely was still choppy/jumpy. Maybe a driver issue? Also, when playing Witcher 2, I was getting around 45fps, while in my Windows install I was getting around 90. I tried opening driver manager in linux to maybe toy around with the different options, but the selection bubbles are greyed out. It gives me options of xserver-xorg-video-ati, fglrx, and fglrx-updates, and continue using manually installed driver (the omega driver from their website, I THINK), but it won't let me choose which one. Thanks
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Depending on what software you have installed
inxi -F
will display temperatures and fan speeds (and other stuff).
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The fglrx is the best one.


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