Problems with amd drivers

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Problems with amd drivers

Postby lizza » 2018-08-09 13:00

I've tried installing graphics drivers for my r9 390, but it makes the debian unusable. (Here is video https://youtu.be/ce3mgNlyKEU)
Everything works just fine without those drivers, but the resolution is locked to something like 1000x700 and 76Hz even though my monitor is only 60Hz.

I'm only beginner on this linux stuff, so my debugging skills are what they are. I've tried different monitors with different resolutions and different types of cables (display port, hdmi, dvi) no effects.
I've also tried play around in the settings and config files without success.

I installed debian 9.4.0 with xfce desktop. I've installed it on the same disk as i have my windows on.

Some specs:
intel xeon e3-1231 v3 (no integrated graphics)
amd r9 390
8gb ddr3
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-08-09 13:32

lizza wrote:I've tried installing graphics drivers

Which drivers? How did you install them?

Have you tried the amdgpu driver? The open-source version outperforms the proprietary driver so there's no point using the blob.

EDIT: you can force the correct resolution with this guide:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Xr ... esolutions

EDIT2: what stevepusser said...
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby stevepusser » 2018-08-09 17:45

Did you install the required firmware? If you don't know what I'm talking about, you didn't search the Debian wiki before asking here.
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby lizza » 2018-08-10 14:19

I installed the amdgpu driver i think, I did this https://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo#Installation.

I reinstalled my debian because it was completely unusable and installed all again. Everything worked fine after installing the firmware, I could change my resolution and refresh rates (maybe messed up the firmware installation last time). But everything turnet into the worst after installing those graphics drivers. Now I have only one working monitor (I have dual monitor setup) and it works only when I unplug the other one. And anyways it will shut off after a minute or so.
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-08-10 16:49


^ That installs the old -ati drivers, let's see what you're actually running:
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lspci -k | grep -iA2 'vga\|3d'
apt policy xserver-xorg-video-{ati,amdgpu} firmware-amd-graphics
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby lizza » 2018-08-11 15:39

I typed your code into the terminal and it printed out this

This is my new install with only the firmare (this https://packages.debian.org/stretch/fir ... d-graphics) installed, because installing the drivers made debian unusable.

Everything works just fine now. But both monitors have extremely bad tearing issues. Also if I use 4k resolution on my 4k dispaly, everything jitters and shakes whenever I move/resize any windows. Im just assuming that this can be fixed by installing the drivers.

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leevi@debian:~$ lspci -k | grep -iA2 'vga\|3d'
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Hawaii PRO [Radeon R9 290/390] (rev 80)
   Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. [MSI] Hawaii PRO [Radeon R9 290/390]
   Kernel driver in use: radeon
leevi@debian:~$ apt policy xserver-xorg-video-{ati,amdgpu} firmware-amd-graphicsxserver-xorg-video-ati:
  Installed: 1:7.8.0-1+b1
  Candidate: 1:7.8.0-1+b1
  Version table:
 *** 1:7.8.0-1+b1 500
        500 http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian stretch/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu:
  Installed: 1.2.0-1+b1
  Candidate: 1.2.0-1+b1
  Version table:
 *** 1.2.0-1+b1 500
        500 http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian stretch/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
firmware-amd-graphics:
  Installed: 20161130-3
  Candidate: 20161130-3
  Version table:
 *** 20161130-3 500
        500 http://ftp.fi.debian.org/debian stretch/non-free amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
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Re: Problems with amd drivers

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-08-11 18:05

lizza wrote:
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   Kernel driver in use: radeon

Those are the old drivers, you could try amdgpu instead.

I think this xorg configuration snippet should do it:
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Section "Device"
        Identifier "My GPU"
        Driver "amdgpu"
EndSection

I have no idea if your device is supported though so if you get a black screen after launching X with that configuration just switch to a TTY & remove the file.

EDIT: you need the xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu package, if it isn't already installed.
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