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Old 09-09-2013, 05:58 PM   #1
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Compatibility issues with Xubuntu+Radeon 7770?

So... I've been exclusively a windows user for my entire life, but altough it has served me well many a times,
I've sort of grown tired of this relationship between him and me. Windows is my drunk husband who despite being a complete mess somehow manages to bring food to the table.

Well I've had enough of that, and decided to make the jump to GNU/Linux.
I've installed mint 15 (dual boot alongside win7, in case I decided to chicken out) on my laptop 2 weeks-ish ago,
and altough the wireless connection is having a bit of a tough time (which is apparently a common issue), I'm pretty okay with it.
Familiar enough, about as easy to organize as windows, but most importantly: Fast.

So, filled with good intents and hopeful thoughts I decided to go for it on my desktop too.
It's a gaming desktop, but I wasn't really using it anymore (consoles took over me...), so I thought maybe installing a new OS would make me dust it off and start gaming again.
I wanted to use it mostly for gaming (most games I play happen to be linux compatible) and maybe some quick browsing, and some recording too (guitarist), with perhaps some
movies thrown in there.

But after quite a few bumps in the road I think I've realised I don't know what I'm doing...

I installed Xubuntu 12.04 on it and I've been having quite a few issues since.

(Well here's a good spot for the first question; When I installed Xubuntu, I first wiped out all of my partitions (the original windows ones) by simply
''deleting'' them one by one in Gparted, so as to have a partion-less disk to install xubuntu on.
Did it really erase everything (files etc.) or was I suposed to use some other software to actually empty said partitions and start off with a disk that's basically as brand new?)

The major issue is that I get a lot of weird visual glitches.
Ranging from some text stretching out to cover the entierty of my monitor for a split second,
to images just dissapearing for a second, and sometimes just the entire screen or huge undefined parts of it flashing black or white.
Sometimes even the screen getting dim, as it does when the screensaver is about to come up, but then never getting back to normal lighting no matter what.
I have to reboot to get it back to normal.
These issues happen at random, no matter what I'm doing or if I'm even touching the computer at all.

Here's one I managed to catch before it went away
The page open on firefox apparently decided to stretch out and merge with my Steam window...

Also, and this lead me to putting the graphics card at fault;
When I try to launch a game on steam (TF2 for instance) I get an error message telling me I have to update Open GL. Could that have something to do with it too?

I've done a bit of googling and it seems as though the problem could stem from my graphics card, which has some known driver compatibility issues (see specs)
But I'm not exactly sure if I have the right driver installed/how to find and install the appropriate one.

Messing around with those: seems to be the only thing I'm able to do.

I tried different ones from the list, but the glitch problem seems to come back no matter what.

Switching around the drivers, at some point I got the game (TF2) to work, but it was incredibly slow and laggy and I couldn't move. So no real improvement there.

So. Instead of keeping on messing around with drivers, not really aware of the impact of the changes that I make to my system, I thought I might as well come here and ask:
What should I do?
Is there a solution to this? Google gives quite a hefty bit of results when searching for info related to Ubuntu's problems with ATI cards, so I thought this would have a clear simple fix.
Or heck, is there a distribution that would be more appropriate for my type of usage, and perhaps be more compatible/stable according to my specs?
As I said it would be mostly for gaming and basic stuff (watching videos, browinsg etc.)
Altough the programming side of thing fascinates me, I'm not up for the challenge yet. The less I touch the terminal, the better I feel, for now.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Any additional advices, things I should do first, compatibility issues you know about, extra info, just pour your heart out.
Anything that could help a newbie.

Please note that I'm a new Linux user who's switched over from windows a little while ago. Since I made the jump though, one thing that sadly nobody told me about, struck me pretty hard:
It's not *easy* to fix problems on this OS.
You apparently have to rely on the community.
But the thing is, from my current observation; Said community never agrees on anything ever.
There isn't a clear solution to anything.
Now I know that this is normal, and that being an ex-windows user this takes some getting used to and whatnot... But I can't get to fix anything but simply doing research.
So I figured I would have to start... *shivers* actually asking people, to see if I could get some sort of consensus on the issue at hand..

It's a little bit disorienting to have to actually write about issues in detail instead of just ''looking it up'' and being done with it.
So forgive me if I'm unclear, this is pretty foreign to me.
If *anything* in my post is unclear, please tell, I'll reply with clarifications quickly.
If you want me to run anything for additional info (like produce html version of my complete specs)
go ahead and ask!


GA-970A-D3 Gigabyte motherboard

AMD FX(tm)-8120 Eight-core processor

ATI Radeon HD 7770


RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet

ST33000651AS Seagate 3TB HDD

Antec 620 Power Supply
Old 09-11-2013, 08:54 PM   #2
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Have you tried to install the supported drivers directly from AMD website?
They cannot be obtained through *buntu's repository downloads.

It sounds like Xbuntu is using the default ones which are not necessary the best.

Adjusting to linux in general as a full on desktop environment is going to take a while. You are going to have to find programs that match your needs and not everything given to you will have a nice GUI as windows, you will spend more time troubleshooting bugs but the linux forums are great for support, before buying any hardware do your research to see compatability issues but overall you will enjoy the experience.

I do not have much experience with gaming on linux anymore as it just costs too much to upkeep a PC as a gaming rig, so I just stick with my PS3.

Good luck and enjoy!


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