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nicxclusive 01-01-2012 05:29 PM

Graphic Card Issues
I'm currently using an HP Pavilion dv6z laptop with an AMD Radeon 6000 series graphics card. My issue is when I try to run Ubuntu 11.10 - from a USB flash drive - I hear the log-on sound when it boots up for the first time, but I cannot see anything. The same thing happens when I use TAILS - installed on a USB, as well. I get some sort of error about my video/graphics ROM.

My assumption is probably accurate, that the graphic card my laptop has is not supported with linux - unfortunately. Though, if there is any way for me to "resolve" this issue, could someone please help me?

ButterflyMelissa 01-01-2012 05:34 PM


My assumption is probably accurate, that the graphic card my laptop has is not supported with linux - unfortunately. Though, if there is any way for me to "resolve" this issue, could someone please help me?
Well, you could consider a VESA driver...

This could be a pretty good xorg.conf for you...


Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "vesa"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
HorizSync 42.0 - 52.0
VertRefresh 55.0 - 65.0
Modeline "1024x768" 60.80 1024 1056 1128 1272 768 768 770 796
Modeline "800x600" 38.21 800 832 976 1008 600 612 618 631
Modeline "640x480" 24.11 640 672 760 792 480 490 495 50

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 24
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Alternatively, try the thing without an xorg.conf at all, X should be clever enough to figure this out...

I'll keep this thread on the radar to help out if need be...

Good luck


colorpurple21859 01-01-2012 05:49 PM

at the boot prompt try "nomodeset xdriver=vesa" I have the same graphics card ubuntu beta version 12 will work this video card. I have had the best luck installing the drivers from the ati-radeon web site.

nicxclusive 01-02-2012 09:16 AM

The issue that I'm having there is no boot prompt - if there is, I cannot even see it to be able to enter any of the such to enable myself to use linux.

I'm going to actually try the 64-bit version of Ubuntu 11.10 - if I still have the same issue(s) I will return here and see if I can get some light on these problems.

I have the same issue, even with the 64

colorpurple21859 01-02-2012 10:57 AM

hit the esc key or shift key when the computer first turns on to get the boot prompt

nicxclusive 01-02-2012 11:02 AM

This will work even with Ubuntu not installed?

colorpurple21859 01-02-2012 11:07 AM

when the ubunt cd first boots there should be some sort of boot prompt, with one of the selections being safe graphics mode

nicxclusive 01-02-2012 11:24 AM

I was unable to find a prompt for a 'safe graphic mode', or the such. I was able to get a boot command prompt - but was unsure what to enter as such..

nicxclusive 01-02-2012 06:36 PM

For some reason, I am able to simply run Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.10 32bit without such issues. Xubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu Netbook edition 10.10, Knoppix and OpenSUSE render the same issues as Ubuntu 11.10 32bit. I'm in the process of installing Ubuntu 10.10 32bit to see if there are any consistent issues with graphics card, or others at all. I'm not sure why 11.10 give me these problems - but if I can install any at the moment will be satisfactory.

resetreset 01-03-2012 02:21 AM

To get back to the original q, what IS the current situation with Radeons and Linux drivers??!

colorpurple21859 01-03-2012 10:09 AM

I have a laptop with switchable dual radeon HD6000 graphic cards and I've had better luck with the drivers from radeon then I have had with the open source linux drivers, in the process of installing Gentoo on the laptop and according to them you have to have firmware installed and the kernel compiled a specific way for the linux drivers to work. I'm hoping to get the linux drivers working on Gentoo and then use that to get them working on my ubuntu, puppy, slackware, and fedora installs, which for right now I have only been able to get the the drivers from the radeon website to work. Xorg has to be restarted each time to change the graphics card in use.

nicxclusive 01-03-2012 11:32 AM

I had downloaded and simply ran Ubuntu 12.04 and I had no problems what-so-ever. I just am uncertain if it is recommended to do a full install of this version of Ubuntu while it is in Beta stages - any suggestions?

colorpurple21859 01-03-2012 02:51 PM

I've been running Ubuntu beta12 for about about a month with out any problems. It is a guessing game as far as if any issues will arise, sometimes they do, most times they don't. If you want desktop effects enabled, will have to install Catalyst/fglrx drivers. If I'm not mistaken your probably only using the vesa driver, that is how it was when I first installed beta 12.

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