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Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 4200

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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#11 Post by lucky9 » Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:50 pm

Bet you it's on the search results list now. I think that we have a permanent Spider and Bot population. :happy:
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#12 Post by Stevo » Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:59 pm

I've backported the Sid version, and it's being uploaded (slowly) now. The 3.14 kernel patches for the other main fglrx packages still allow it to build on the 3.17 Liquorix kernels, so hopefully this will also provide the same.

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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#13 Post by topcat » Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:13 pm

Thanks Stevo...

For the layman like me, what do I need to do when this is available? I can do it from a fresh re-install.

The existing config I have appears a little flaky, so look forward to the possibility of a more stable solution.
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#14 Post by Stevo » Tue Nov 11, 2014 9:31 pm

You should set Synaptic to prefer packages from "mepis", then follow these general directions, except get the mcr120 versions of the packages. https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#wheezy-legacy

You also end up with an alternatives setup for the openGL libraries, so I'd install galternatives and use it to make sure "glx" is set to the fglrx version(the first choice), and also make sure the "libgl1-fglrx-legacy-glx" package from the CR is installed, just in case the driver package did not pull it in.

Then I'd run

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su -c 'update-initramfs -u -t'
Edit: fixed typo in above command.

if I wasn't sure it was auto-updated--it does not hurt to run it twice.
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#15 Post by topcat » Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:01 pm

Thanks Stevo...I'll give this a go this evening on a fresh install
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#16 Post by topcat » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:29 pm

Ain't this community just great!

I installed Stevo's new kernel and followed his link to instructions, and it worked perfectly.

The Catalyst Control Center now works stable - I can close it and open it mutiple times and it works fine.

It only created a launcer in Whisker menu for user - I will create a new .desktop file to launch it with root priveledges tomorrow. Then I will test it out hooking it up to my HDTV.

I wanted a linux solution for this machine for outputing hdmi to a hdtv, and didn't want to buy a Win 7 licence to do it, or a nvidia card.
I also will post back my detail steps in case it helps someone else.

Special thanks again to Stevo, kmathern, Jerry3904, anticapitalista et al who provide such quality support here and for this fabulous MX-14...

...topcat
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#17 Post by topcat » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:22 pm

OK posting back with the detail steps I performed to get this to work:
You should set Synaptic to prefer packages from "mepis"
Synaptic/Settings/Preferences/Distribution tab changing "Always prefer the highest version" to "Prefer versions from Mepis"
then follow these general directions, except get the mcr120 versions of the packages. https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#wheezy-legacy
Using Synaptic, I selected Mark for installation:

linux-image-3.13-5.dmz.2-liquorix-686
linux-headers-3.13-5.dmz.2-liquorix-686

fglrx-legacy-driver
which selects dependencies:
- glx-alternative-fglrx
- libfglrx-legacy
- glx-alternatives-mesa
- glx-diversions
- nvidia-installer-cleanup

Right clicking fglrx-legacy-driver and selecting Mark recommended for installation, select:
- fglrx-legacy-modules-dkms
- libgl1-fglrx-legacy-glx
- fglrx-legacy-atieventsd
so I'd install "galternatives" and use it to make sure "glx" is set to the fglrx version
galternatives

I learned later to install this, but you should add this now as well to get the Catalyst Control Center in your Whisker menu:

fglrx-legacy-control

Then went ahead and clicked Apply and let Synaptic do it's thing. The only prompt you should get that you need to respond to is a message about creating an xorg.conf, just click OK and let it finish.
so I'd install galternatives and use it to make sure "glx" is set to the fglrx version
So you can run "galternatives" in a terminal window, or from Whisker menu/System/Alternatives Configurator. It will launch a G Alternatives program window. On the left under Alternatives click on glx. Mine has 3 options with status Auto and the top one selected:

Choice Priority Options
Selected 99 /usr/lib/fglrx
90 /usr/lib/fglrx/igpu
5 /usr/lib/mesa-diverted

I just left it as is.

As per Stevo's instructions link you can go ahead and create the xorg.conf file now - from that website:

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Configuration

As the fglrx driver is not autodetected by Xorg, a configuration file is required to be supplied. For example:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf

    Section "Device"
            Identifier "My GPU"
            Driver "fglrx"
    EndSection

The configuration file above can be created using these commands:

    # mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
    # echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "fglrx"\nEndSection' ] /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf
The first command was not necessary as folder /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d existed, but was empty

The second command needs to be run as root

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tom@mx1:~
$ su
Password: 
root@mx1:/home/tom# echo -e 'Section "Device"\n\tIdentifier "My GPU"\n\tDriver "fglrx"\nEndSection' ] /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf
root@mx1:/home/tom# 
Checking the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-fglrx.conf contents shows as it should:

Section "Device"
Identifier "My GPU"
Driver "fglrx"
EndSection
Then I'd run Code:
su -c 'update-initramsfs -u -t'
That command has a typo (initramsfs should be initramfs - no s before f)

So in a terminal as user:

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su -c 'update-initramfs -u -t'
returns:

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update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.13-5.dmz.2-liquorix-686
The Catalyst Control Center (CCC) is in the Settings section of the Whisker menu. It only has user priviledges. To run it with root priveledges, to do certain tasks like using multiple monitors or outputting to a hdmi port for hdtv like I want to do, you need to create a second menu item for that:

The menu items in the whisker menu is controlled by ".desktop" files in /usr/share/applications. For CCC as user, the file is /usr/share/applications/amdcccle.desktop. What I did was using Thunar File Manager, navigate to /usr/share/applications and right click on amdcccle.desktop and select Edit as Root. The file will open in leafpad with these contents:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=ATI Catalyst Control Center
Comment=ATI graphics adapter settings
Name[de]=ATI Catalyst Control Center
Comment[de]=ATI grafics adapter settings
Icon=ccc_large.xpm
Exec=amdcccle
TryExec=amdcccle
Type=Application
Categories=Settings;HardwareSettings;

Then select Save As from the Leafpad File menu and give it the name "amdcccle-su.desktop"
and change the contents to:

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Name=ATI (Admin) Catalyst Control Center
Comment=ATI graphics adapter settings
Name[de]=ATI(Admin) Catalyst Control Center
Comment[de]=ATI grafics adapter settings - root priveledges
Icon=ccc_large.xpm
Exec=gksu amdcccle
TryExec=gksu amdcccle
Type=Application
Categories=Settings;HardwareSettings;

As an aside I'll mention Jerry3904's tip on how to edit a Whisker menu item I did not know about:
FWIW, Alt-F3 will give you the Application Finder, where any menu entry can be right-clicked for editing or hiding. Easier to get to and use IMHO.
That would not help me here, as I was not editing a menu item but needed to create a new one.

That's it, just reboot and everything should be fine - at least it was for me YMMV

BTW, sgfxi did not work, saying that AMD doesn't support older cards like mine and I should have bought an nvidia card (D'oh).

Thanks again to everyone. I haven't tried outputiing to hdtv yet as work and renovations are getting in the way - maybe this evening - though I'll post back to let you know how it goes. Hope this helps someone else with a Radeon HD card with the same problem.

...topcat
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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#18 Post by Stevo » Thu Nov 13, 2014 3:33 pm

Thanks for the update, I'll fix the typo in my initramfs command.

I also think this legacy version should work with 3.14-3.17 kernels, so possibly the kernel install is unnecessary.

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Re: Trouble installing driver from AMD website Radeon HD 420

#19 Post by kmathern » Thu Nov 13, 2014 4:43 pm

topcat wrote:OK posting back with the detail steps I performed to get this to work:
You should set Synaptic to prefer packages from "mepis"
Synaptic/Settings/Preferences/Distribution tab changing "Always prefer the highest version" to "Prefer versions from Mepis"
then follow these general directions, except get the mcr120 versions of the packages. https://wiki.debian.org/ATIProprietary#wheezy-legacy
Using Synaptic, I selected Mark for installation:

linux-image-3.13-5.dmz.2-liquorix-686
linux-headers-3.13-5.dmz.2-liquorix-686

fglrx-legacy-driver
which selects dependencies:
- glx-alternative-fglrx
- libfglrx-legacy
- glx-alternatives-mesa
- glx-diversions
- nvidia-installer-cleanup ....
...topcat
I wonder why the nvidia-installer-cleanup package gets installed?
(it also says it'll be installed when I simulate installing fglrx-legacy-driver with apt-get)

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