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Old 12-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #1
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Error when installing AMD Catalyst driver


I am suffering occasional disturbances in Libre Writer. Writing can disappear at times or appear where it is not supposed to be. I have tried installing drivers for my Sapphire Radeon GPU but get ¨One or more of the tools required for installation cannot be found on the system¨ i have tried many things using sudo apt-get that people have suggested, but no success. The driver i have downloaded is the only one that came up in the search on AMD (the Sapphire site tried to send me there (got a 404 but worked out it was just the ati support site judging by url))

Specs:
PCLinuxOS KDE 64-bit fully updated
Custom PC (Asus A8R32 MVP ´board)
CrossFireX 2x Sapphire Radeon HD 3870
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual core 4200+ (i think, no sticker but says at boot)

thanks, ZZII
 
Old 12-26-2014, 11:04 AM   #2
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I believe your Radeon HD 3870 requires an older fglrx driver than the ones offered currently. Here is the way you can purge the old one (it should work nearly the same for PCLinuxOS):
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troublesho...o_purge_-fglrx

Then you can install the older fglrx driver that will handle your card:
sudo apt-get install fglrx=2:8.960-0ubuntu1
sudo apt-mark hold fglrx
The apt-mark hold is absolutely necessary, because otherwise it will be killed in an update. You will still hget an update, but it will be a Recommended, and hence optional.

Good luck - I had a toungh time with that a while ago until I found those references!
 
Old 12-26-2014, 08:46 PM   #3
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thank you! i will try that right now...

(by the way today is actually day 2 of linux for me, surprised how technical it is with commands and all, you barely ever use cmd in windows)

i tried the steps, but on the link you posted the 1st sudo gave me ¨E: Couldn´t find package xorg-driver-fglrx¨. the second gave me the same but with ¨libgll-mesa-glx¨. the third line gave me ¨sudo: dpkg-reconfigure: command not found¨

Last edited by ZZII; 12-26-2014 at 09:58 PM. Reason: tried it
 
Old 12-26-2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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Hi:

I am not familiar with pclinuxos so I did some homework.

Pclinuxos is based on Mandriva and Mandriva is origanally forked with Red Hat.
This Pclinuxos website might come in handy in the future.
http://www.pclinuxos.com/

This tutorial on "fglrx" might help you and albinard.-
http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Fglrx#Driver

Look in your Synaptic Package Manager the fglrx driver might be in there and that way Synaptic could install it for you.
http://pclinuxoshelp.com/index.php/U...Your_PCLinuxOS
 
Old 12-27-2014, 03:32 AM   #5
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thanks, but i am confused with the 2nd link. it´s a bit too confusing for me (used windows for 11 years, linux for 2 days)

on the 3rd one, i searched for both fglrx and catalyst and found AMD proprietary x.org driver and libraries. it says to configure the card using xfdrake. i searched for that too and it said already had it. how do i configure using xfdrake? i am still getting used to finding programs on pclinuxos. i haven´t installed the amd propietary driver yet because i thought id better configure using xfdrake first.

thanks
 
Old 12-28-2014, 12:12 AM   #6
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I found an article about xfdrake here:
http://www.brunolinux.com/06-Fine_Tu...g_XFdrake.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:XFdrake.png

I've never heard of xfdrake until today; sorry.

I think xfdrake is for configuring a Nvidia card.
To find out what graphics card you have open your terminal and run this command:
Code:
lspci | grep -i VGA
It will look something like mine:
Code:
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: AMD/ATI [Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.] RS780C [Radeon 3100]
The first link is what you need to do for your system but I will have to ask another member with more experience with runlevel 3. Runlevel 4 gives your the GUI so I'm not sure if you would go into konsole mode by holding down Ctrl+Alt+F2 or not. On my system I had to edit a file to change the run level.

Anytime that I installed the AMD drivers on any of my Linux boxes the drivers were very buggy and I had graphics issues.
 
Old 12-28-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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After consulting with a member here at LQ I think it would be much easier for you to install the AMD Driver.

1. Download the AMD Catalyst Driver. (AMD Catalyst™ 14.12 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver)
Here on this page. http://support.amd.com/en-us/downloa...p?os=Linux+x86

2. Leave it in your Downloads directory.

3. Open your Downloads directory and keep it open. Than open the terminal and type:
cd Downloads hit Enter.
Than you will have yourname@xxxx Downloads type ls and all that you have in your downloads folder will show in the terminal.

4. Now at the prompt type:
bash (name of the driver exactly word for word the way it shows in your Downloads directory).run and hit Enter.


The installer should start and walk you through installing the driver.
When finished close the installer and reboot your pc.
 
Old 12-31-2014, 08:23 PM   #8
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ok iĺl try what ztc said. i have a .run driver installer already iĺl try that. the one you specified is for 32-bit isn´t it? i have a 64 system and the installer i have is for 64.

i have 2 crossfired sapphire radeon hd 3870 cards

edit: tried it and it gave me: one or more of the tools required for installation cannot be found on the system. blah, blah, blah

i can try the driver you specified if you think its the right one for a 64-bit system.

need any other specs? there are some in the op^^^^

Last edited by ZZII; 12-31-2014 at 08:28 PM.
 
Old 01-01-2015, 07:34 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by ZZII View Post
ok iĺl try what ztc said. i have a .run driver installer already iĺl try that. the one you specified is for 32-bit isn´t it? i have a 64 system and the installer i have is for 64.

i have 2 crossfired sapphire radeon hd 3870 cards

edit: tried it and it gave me: one or more of the tools required for installation cannot be found on the system. blah, blah, blah

i can try the driver you specified if you think its the right one for a 64-bit system.

need any other specs? there are some in the op^^^^
There should be '32-bit' and '64-bit' drivers on the AMD webpage that I linked.
Just make sure you select the 64-bit one.-
 
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Nice graphic's card's you have!

Is this the right one that you have 2 of?
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...?pid=150&lid=1
 
Old 01-05-2015, 04:07 AM   #11
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Nice graphic's card's you have!

Is this the right one that you have 2 of?
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...?pid=150&lid=1
thanks! will be getting windows eventually to fully utilise it as a gaming pc.

yes that looks like the right one. there are a few very similar models of it and its hard to match it by looking at it as they are different regionally anyway. i know they say sapphire and hd 3870, are blue, and have the same picture of the girl on it.

got the whole pc for free minus a hdd which was cool. i suspect the secondary gpu may not work, gonna check after trying link.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 04:15 AM   #12
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There were errors during package generation. details can be found at blah blah blah

the log file said:
Package build failed!
Package build utility output:
./packages/RedHat/ati-packager.sh: line 221: rpmbuild: command not found
[Error] Generate Package - error generating package : RedHat/RHEL7_64a
 
Old 01-05-2015, 06:23 PM   #13
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Where you able to download and install the AMD driver?
When you downloaded the driver and extracted it there should of been a .run file available for installation.

Looking at this:

Code:
Package build failed!
Package build utility output:
./packages/RedHat/ati-packager.sh: line 221: rpmbuild: command not found
[Error] Generate Package - error generating package : RedHat/RHEL7_64a
This refers to a Red Hat package (rpm). Not a AMD driver or .run script to install the driver.
The driver in the .run script should work well with your sapphire hd 3870 card.

That was nice to have been given a computer basically for free.

-:-If I'm not mistaken Pclinuxos uses either Synaptic or Apt as it's commandline utility.-:-
Not sure how a RH based pkg or Yum came into the picture.

Please give a little more detail.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #14
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oh sorry must´ve messed something up. i ran it fine, but it asked which os i had and it only had red hat and suse and i thought pclinuxos was built off of red hat so i went with the newest red hat that was there. iĺl run again and tell you what it said...

if the secondary gpu is broken will that affect anything?

this pc was from a gamer who´s was now using the pc which replaced the pc that replaced the pc that replaced this one i got for free. it´s a bit old. about the same specs as my laptop, much better than my old desktop that the laptop replaced (the old one is nearly 15 years old, Pentium 4 1.6ghz, 2gb ram, 18gb hdd, prehistoric riva tnt2 gpu)

Last edited by ZZII; 01-05-2015 at 07:47 PM.
 
Old 01-05-2015, 09:43 PM   #15
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if the secondary gpu is broken will that affect anything?
If I had to guess; and the functionality of the one graphics card is failing than I would think that the initialization process will just look at the card that is broken (confirm that it's non-functional) and move on to the next one that is functioning.

If your pretty certain that the one graphic card isn't funtioning properly; when you get the chance you might want to remove it from the motherboard. If it's a laptop than it might be a little more intresting to disesemble than a desktop.

If you know which driver is assisting your graphics card you could try to dmseg the driver and read through the output and see if there is any confirmation that the card is done for.
Code:
dmesg | grep (name of driver)
Driver's and modules are listed in the output of the command lsmod reading through all of the output is still something I'm still learning to ensure that the modules/drivers are loading properly.

Glad to hear that your getting good use out of a pentium.
I studied that if you put a pentium and a celeron next to each other they tick at different beats.
Aside from that I think a pentium (if I recall correctly) has is about 30 % more front bus speed than a celeron.
So...that's good for you.

I've never tried Pclinuxos. What's it like?
What distribution are you actually running on your free machine?
 
  


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