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Old 01-11-2012, 09:12 PM
Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa
 
Default Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM, tv.debian@googlemail.com
<tv.debian@googlemail.com> wrote:
> 11/01/2012 21:31, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM, tv.debian@googlemail.com
>> <tv.debian@googlemail.com> *wrote:
>
>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> fglrx-updates
>>>>>>>>> fglrx-updates-dev
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi, taking the thread from here since I missed the beginning. I would
>>> stay
>>> away from those packages, they are broken and will break your system. You
>>> should try to *purge* all fglrx related packages, then reinstall
>>> libgl1-mesa-glx and libgl1-mesa-dri (you will see that
>>> update-alternatives
>>> is correcting dead links errors), and only then install the fglrx
>>> packages,
>>> NOT the "updates" ones. I had trouble with this packages on all my AMD
>>> systems (amd64).
>>
>>
>> These are working just fine for me. *My A8 CPU won't work correctly
>> with the plain fglrx packages. *I can't remember what happen when I
>> installed from ATI site (some odd problems). *Anyway, fglrx-updates
>> packages works fine for me (and have been working correctly for a few
>> months now, and I have gone through at least one upgrade for these
>> packages).
>
>
> Interesting to read that they are working for you, I did two install today
> and jockey failed on both computers for fglrx-updates. After purging all
> fglrx* package I noticed from update-alternatives warning broken libgl
> links, and couldn't get radeon to work. After reinstalling libgl1-mesa*
> packages radeon ran fine, and finally I was able to install fglrx (no
> -updates) with jockey or apt-get.
> Same happened about two weeks ago with another computer.
>
> Are you on amd64 ? Do you use "proposed-updates" ? (I don't)

Yes, amd64. I remember the broken links at some point, I thought
these were leftovers from when I installed using ATI catalyst
installer (I had a hard time installing this on my A8-based system, I
remember I even used the alternate installer, and even eventually
installed a custom kernel). I don't remember if I manually removed
the links (I think I did), purged all fglrx packages, and then
installed fglrx-updates again: all good this far.

My currently installed fglrx-updates version is: 8.911-0ubuntu0.1

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Old 01-12-2012, 07:09 AM
"O. Sinclair"
 
Default Oneiric 64-bit and AMD/ATI proprietary drivers

On 11/01/12 21:37, Mark Greenwood wrote:


On 11 Jan 2012, at 18:20, O. Sinclair wrote:


On 11/01/12 17:48, Mark Greenwood wrote:


On 11 Jan 2012, at 14:43, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:


On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM, O. Sinclair<o.sinclair@gmail.com> wrote:

On 11/01/12 14:06, Jose Ildefonso Camargo Tolosa wrote:


Hi!

On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 6:24 AM, O. Sinclair<o.sinclair@gmail.com> wrote:


Am about to officially give up.

I have an HP Pavillion dm4 laptop with the dreaded hybrid graphics, in my
case in Intel integrated and an ATI HD5450 "discreet" card.

On 11.04 I used 32-bit PAE and there it worked. But as I have 4Gb RAM
decided to opt for 64-bit when installing 11.10.

Most things work well, there are some fairly odd apps that are only
32-bit
but I have no major problems (except new KDEPIM but that is separate
issue).

However - installing AMD/ATI Catalyst drivers fail one way or the other.
If
I do from "additional drivers" I just get a message it fails. If I do
from
Muon dito. If I use cli command apt-get or aptitude it can go all the way
to
configuration.

And that is where I get stuck whether I use downloaded from AMD package,
build packages, run the installer or whatever I do. Have been thru
countless
sites with instructions and forums.

The last step here is normally "aticonfig --initial -f" with or without
-f.

I either get an error "PowerXpress error: Cannot stat
'/usr/lib64/fglrx/switchlibGL': No such file or directory" or "no
supported
adapter present".

So finally my question here: has anyone managed to get the hybrid
graphics
with ATI/AMD working in 11.10 64-bit or are there ohters who have spent
(too
much) time installing and failing?



Yes, I have installed them. I just installed these packages (using
aptitude, should work with apt-get):

fglrx-updates
fglrx-updates-dev

If you tried to install fglrx package from ATI (ie, manual install),
you will have uninstall it first, and then cleanup the mess it leaves
behind, basically, some broken symlinks... I had a problem with that,
after I removed "manually installed" drivers, I was unable to install
the official packages.

Oh, don't forget to install (if not already installed):
linux-headers-generic (or whatever linux-headers you need for your
current kernel), remember, this *have to* be the headers for your
running kernel, and about any linux-headers will satisfy fglrx-updates
dependency, but you need the one corresponding to your kernel, or it
will fail.

I don't know on your system, but on mine, aptitude shows "duplicated"
packages names, it looks like the "duplicated" is the 32 bits version,
but I have had odd issues (like conflicts with *a lot* of packages
when I try to install most of these), make sure to pick the correct
one.

Now, I have had bad experiences with so called "hybrid graphics", in
my case a ION-based netbook... in the end, I had to disable "discrete"
graphics and leave only Intel enabled (because otherwise the netbook
would get too hot, and drain battery real fast).



Thanks, unfortunately exactly the same outcome:

"PowerXpress error: Cannot stat'/usr/lib64/fglrx/switchlibGL': No such file
or directory"

and for sure said "switchlibGL" is non-existent.


Interesting enough, this exists on my system, but here:

/usr/lib/fglrx/switchlibGL



And I think that's they key to the whole problem.

Up until recently, a 64-bit system has /usr/lib64 for 64-bit libs and /usr/lib for 32-bit libs. This was changed so that on an up-to-date 64 bit system, /usr/lib holds 64 bit libs and /usr/lib32 has 32 bit libs. There is no /usr/lib64 on a recent ubuntu system.

I don't understand why the fglrx driver is trying to install things in /usr/lib64 - it shouldn't be. However you might be able to make it install IF you don't already have a /usr/lib64 directory

sudo ln -s /usr/lib /usr/lib64

then try the install again.



Hm, I reverted to radeon once more but when I check I DO have a /usr/lib64/fglrx directory full of stuff - but no /usr/lib/fglrx

should I perhaps just erase the whole directory and try again?


Hmmm. I'm not sure. It might work with the symlinking suggestion I gave, but I don't have an ATI card and have never owned one. I'm not sure what to suggest. If it were me I'd give it a try but I'm not sure I'd advise others to do the sameā€¦.



Well I gave it a shot but it just resulted in other errors. I now give
up, guess I consider it broken in Oneiric 64-bit and stay with OSS
drivers for now. No switching but hey, it never worked that well with
Catalyst driver either.


Thanks for help and pointers!

Sinclair



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