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Old 03-08-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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How to get AMD drivers installed? Keep getting black screen


I have been trying linux on and off for a while. But I always get messed up on installing the stupid AMD drivers.

I follow all the different guides properly, but none of them work, I get problems like artifacts, black screen, the gui just not loading.

Does anyone know what I can do?

Or should I even use the drivers from AMD? Are the ones that Ubuntu installs good enough for gaming? (Like Tera Rising)
 
Old 03-09-2014, 12:16 PM   #2
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What's the box and the video card? AMD video cards fall into one of three categories as regards drivers.
1. Brand new - Nothing works well, but every new release helps. No oss support.
2. Out a while - binary blobs work and OSS catching up.
3. Out a while longer. Binary blobs have dropped support since version X and OSS is the only thing for you now.

In addition there's all this video switching crap to deal with if you have a box with 2 cards.

In short, we need a lot more detail. Exact Error messages. What you have, and what's going wrong. Don't reinstall another setup, just accept it's in dry dock for a few days and we can probably sort it.
 
Old 03-09-2014, 02:11 PM   #3
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Sorry bout the lack of info.

Heres my specs:

CPU: i7 920
RAM: 12GB Kingston Hyper X + OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600Mhz
PSU: 650W Antec Truepower New
GPU: Gigabyte 7950 Windforce 3 ( ONLY 1 )

I use the latest non-beta drivers from AMD. I install the drivers, everything seems fine, my system reboots. It takes a little longer to boot, I get to the login screen, and I login. theres a black border around my screen which I heard can be fixed, but then after a few moments, the screen turns completely black with just my cursor in the middle.

I press CTRL + SHIFT + F2 to bring up the console. I log into that and type in startx. Then my screen is all messed up, lines, pixels, messed up colors, the works.

I installed Ubuntu 13.10.

If I don't need the AMD drivers I won't bother. I only play games like Tera Rising.

Thanks

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Old 03-10-2014, 04:20 AM   #4
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OK the 7950 is probably in group 1 in my first post. You can try for support on ubuntu's forums or the phoronix web site. The latter does have devs lurking.

pressing Ctrl_Alt_Backspace might be better than Ctrl_Alt_F2 as you're probably starting a second version of X which hardly helps.

I would change initdefault from 5 to 3 ( or multi user console) and then you can kill and reboot X with out rebooting the system. And use Ubuntu's drivers if they offer them.
 
Old 03-10-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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Ok I am just going to try installing Linux.

I am going to install Mint Linux 16.

Can anyone give me a guide they KNOW works to install the AMD drivers?
 
Old 03-10-2014, 09:26 PM   #6
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With the HD7950 you can use the free drivers, if you used the latest version of libdrm, LLVM, Mesa and kernel, which are not present in the latest Ubuntu or Mint.
So in your case the proprietary driver is recommended. On Ubuntu/Mint the recommended way to install the proprietary drivers is to use the "Additional Drivers" program, which will install the drivers from the Ubuntu repositories.
 
  


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