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Old 08-11-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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Which driver would support 10-bit depth monitor for Firepro V5900


Hi everyone,

I am considering replacing the NVIDIA card with a used Firepro V5900 because I wish to make use of the 10-bit color depth of a monitor (which my old GT8600 GT can't handle).

I wonder if the generic drivers would handle the 10-bit color LUT or do I need to install AMD Catalyst.

I am still at Slackware 14.1 but with the 14.2 glibc and gcc.

Thanks

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Old 08-11-2017, 09:20 PM   #2
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According to TechPro website, you can download the driver from them. See the "Linux" item on the left side of the screen.

Apparently, this card has been around for a while. There's a chance its already supported in the kernel. This link says that it is, but I'm not familiar with the site.
 
Old 08-11-2017, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hi:

I'm not sure if the generic driver would accommodate the FirePro V5900 or not.
Like frankbell already said it may already be support in the kernel.

Here's a few links that might help you and others that help you.

http://www.amd.com/en-gb/products/gr...repro-3d/5900#
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=search&q=FirePro
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...ro_v5900&num=1
https://hashcat.net/forum/archive/in...read-2357.html
http://cateee.net/lkddb/web-lkddb/DRM_RADEON.html


Any AMD Catalyst that I've installed in the past on my Linux boxes were buggy.
http://support.amd.com/en-us/downloa...401#pro-driver

Maybe try the fglrx driver and compile against the kernel?
https://unix.stackexchange.com/quest...6450-on-opengl

I think the driver is already included. Run this to see:
Code:
ls /var/log/packages/xf86-video-amdgpu*
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...rs-4175594309/

Hope that helps.
 
Old 08-12-2017, 07:01 AM   #4
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Apparently, this card has been around for a while. There's a chance its already supported in the kernel. ...
Hi Frank. Thanks for the pointers. It seems the card is supported. I just reconfigured my kernel and compiled with the Radeon drivers included so I will be ready to test the card when I get it.
 
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Hi:

...

Any AMD Catalyst that I've installed in the past on my Linux boxes were buggy. ...

Maybe try the fglrx driver and compile against the kernel? ...

I think the driver is already included. ...
Hope that helps.
Thanks so much for the detailed info and the insights. I will try the gflrx driver first then. I am still at 14.1 and that driver is not part of my installation, but I have a partition with "current" ready to go and fglrx is already installed in that "current" partition. I didn't swith to "current" yet because I couldn't compile the NVIDIA driver against "current" for the old 8600GT I currently have. Upgrading the video card will solve that issue as well.

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Old 08-12-2017, 03:05 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for the detailed info and the insights. I will try the gflrx driver first then. I am still at 14.1 and that driver is not part of my installation, but I have a partition with "current" ready to go and fglrx is already installed in that "current" partition. I didn't swith to "current" yet because I couldn't compile the NVIDIA driver against "current" for the old 8600GT I currently have. Upgrading the video card will solve that issue as well.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:48 AM   #7
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I installed a used AMD Firepro V5900 and I could check a few points for myself.
  1. The kernel radeon driver works if I remove the config file /etc/X11/xorg.conf. 'startx' fails with the config file created by 'X -configure' and with my older config file adapted to 'radeon' so it seems I can't use any config file at all. As a result I can't set the 30-bit color depth mode to see if that works. I am not sure the radeon driver currently supports 30-bit monitors and visuals.
  2. The fglrx driver found on the AMD website does not compile as is against kernel 4.9.44 and I didn't attempt any corrections to the AMD code.
  3. The amdgpu X11 driver pakckage is installed on my system but the driver fails at Xorg startup.
I will keep the Firepro card in my PC for a while. Maybe I will learn something new along the way.

I also checked the Firepro V5900 in Windows 10 with the AMD drivers and the 10-bit color depth set. I downloaded the trial version of Zoner, an app that claims support for 10-bit depth monitors but I didn't find the 10-bit option is Zoner. Maybe that was removed in the demo version.

In the end, I don't have 10-bit color depth support.
 
Old 08-29-2017, 12:55 PM   #8
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2. The fglrx driver found on the AMD website does not compile as is against kernel 4.9.44 and I didn't attempt any corrections to the AMD code.
3. The amdgpu X11 driver pakckage is installed on my system but the driver fails at Xorg startup.
2. The fglrx driver still wouldn't install even if you modified it for the kernel because there is no support for Xorg 1.18 that is included in 14.2 (you need to be running 1.17 or lower).
3. AMDGPU only supports (most) GCN based cards. From some limited (read: quick, possibly inaccurate) research, I believe your card is based on the Cayman architecture, which was introduced before GCN and thus, doesn't support it.

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