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Problem with installing the GPU (AMD)

Discussion in 'Installing Linux' started by Cronyk, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Cronyk

    Cronyk Member

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    Hello cummunity,

    I got a AMD Sapphire Radeon HD 4870 and build it in.
    Then I reinstalled Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon 64bit, so I've got a fresh installation by now (well, I installed a few programs, but not much).

    Now, I wanted to install the Card and Downloaded the driver from here:
    https://www2.ati.com/drivers/legacy/amd-driver-installer-catalyst-13.1-legacy-linux-x86.x86_64.zip

    But I always got multiple and different errors and honestly, I don't understand the wizard.
    May some smart person help me out with this?

    Cronky
  2. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    Did you try the driver manager first?
    I know it doesn't provide the newest AMD driver, but it will provide a stable one (if there is such a thing from AMD).
    Otherwise you will have to do a manual installation. I've tried this a few times in the past and always had a problem if something went wrong.
    Normally you have to uninstall the current video driver an that means you are stuck with no GUI until the new one is installed. Then after installing the new driver, there is some configuration which can be a pain if not done correctly.
  3. Cronyk

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    Hm, there ARE driver from AMD for manual installation. The driver manager don't provide anything.
    At least in Leage of Legends the Card seems to work. Where can I check which driver is used right now?
    Well, but battlenet doesn't find a grafics environment... so I really need anything

    Configuration:
    Operating System: Linux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" Cinnamon 64bit
    Cinnamon Version: 2.8.7
    Kernel: 3.19.0-32-generic
    Prozessor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Processor x 6
    RAM: 8GB DDR3
    GPU: AMD RV770 Radeon HD 4870

    I tried to install the radeon driver in terminal and got a problem with dependencies where google don't wanted to help. The output is german but maybe it will help:

    Code:
    cronyk@cronyk ~ $ sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-ati
    Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
    Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.     
    Statusinformationen werden eingelesen.... Fertig
    Einige Pakete konnten nicht installiert werden. Das kann bedeuten, dass
    Sie eine unmögliche Situation angefordert haben oder, wenn Sie die
    Unstable-Distribution verwenden, dass einige erforderliche Pakete noch
    nicht erstellt wurden oder Incoming noch nicht verlassen haben.
    Die folgenden Informationen helfen Ihnen vielleicht, die Situation zu lösen:
    
    Die folgenden Pakete haben unerfüllte Abhängigkeiten:
    xserver-xorg-video-ati : Hängt ab von: xorg-video-abi-15
                              Hängt ab von: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.14.99.902)
                              Hängt ab von: xserver-xorg-video-glamoregl soll aber nicht installiert werden
    E: Probleme können nicht korrigiert werden, Sie haben zurückgehaltene defekte Pakete.
    
  4. booman

    booman Grand High Exalted Mystic Emperor of Linux Gaming Staff Member

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    If there is no proprietary driver available, then it means you are using the open-source driver. I've read many times that the open source driver is just-as-good or even better than the AMD driver.
    So you might want to do some tests before attempting a manual installation.

    Here is a "How-To" step-by-step:
    PlayOnLinux

    Just make sure to be careful because its easy to mess up and have no video at all

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