ATI Video Driver Problems

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User got upgraded to 6.4. Graphical mode video fails.

It’s an AMD (nee ATI) RV620 (FirePro 2260).

So I finished upgrading everything, including kmod-fglrx. Based on the xorg.conf’s on there, it’s been using the fglrx. Now, in Xorg.0.log, it tells me “no supported AMD display adapters were found”. I’ve been on-and-off googling for hours, and can’t figure out if the “legacy”
kmod-nvidia from elrepo will work: their info *ONLY* lists Radeon cards, and I can’t figure out what this damn thing is. Oh, lspci -v tells me it’s
“ATI device 2343”.

Anyone know what this card is like (AMD shows three different models of the same name, and I have no idea which it is, and none uses a Radeon name), and what driver I might use, or do I have to downgrade X….

mark, extremely tired of his user’s machine

6 thoughts on - ATI Video Driver Problems

  • It is no longer supported.

    The current AMD driver [v13.1] ONLY supports Radeon HD 5000 series and above, with the legacy driver [v13.1 legacy] supporting older Radeon HD
    2000, HD 3000 or HD 4000 series cards (I assume yours is a 2000 series card) *BUT* the legacy driver does NOT support X server ABI 13 in the version of Xorg shipped with RHEL 6.4. So your card is not supported by AMD as the version of Xorg server in RHEL 6.4 is too new.

  • Hi, Ned,

    Ned Slider wrote:

    That’s what I was coming to think – the one thing that had me stopped was what it *was*. Do I understand you to be saying that this is a Radeon HD
    2xxx (and why *three* names, two from ATI?)?

    Also, it appears that you’re saying I need to downgrade his X (all of it?), and remove the kmod-fglrx, and install the legacy (is that the kmod-fglrx93?

    Thanks for the quick response – I really need to get his video up….


  • “FirePro 2260” leads me to believe it’s a 2000 series card. Having the Vendor:Device ID pairing would help clarify, but looking at the pci id’s database I’m guessing it’s either 1002:95ce or 1002:95cf.

    You have a number of choices:

    1. Use the v13.1 legacy driver from AMD and downgrade xorg\* to the last release that came with RHEL 6.3 and exclude future updates. If you wish to use the elrepo package it’s called kmod-fglrx-legacy /
    fglrx-legacy-x11-drv (currently version 13.1-2) and is currently in the testing repo. Obviously downgrading xorg packages has potential security implications.

    2. Uninstall the AMD proprietary drivers and use the distro kernel driver.

    3. Ask AMD when they will update the legacy driver to support Xorg ABI 13.

    4. Buy a new (supported) card.

    A fifth option is to use el5 which uses an older supported version of Xorg (I do find it kind of ironic that RHEL6 ships with such a new version of Xorg that some proprietary drivers don’t support it – more the kind of thing you expect to run into on Ubuntu or Fedora than Enterprise Linux).

  • Ned Slider wrote:

    Not sure how to get that – lspci -vvv | grep 1002 gets me nothing.

    That’s become a no-starter: I tried to downgrade, and yum tells me there
    *is* no downgrade. If I understand correctly… I’d have to downgrade him to 6.3.

    See the last sentence in my answer to 4.

    That’s try and get it through purchasing, or maybe I can try the unlikely idea, since it’s still under warranty (we just bought it in Nov!), to see if Dell will replace the card. I have a call into them, and am waiting for the RH group there to get back to me, to see if they have a driver
    (and maybe lean on them to lean on AMD – Dell leans a *lot* harder than I
    do). I don’t think I’m going to rebuild his entire system that way. 6.3 would work, but I’m seeing what I can do to avoid that.

    I’ve got it working with radeon. What I’ve spent an hour or two on is hand-crafting an xorg.conf. He’s got two monitors, and rotates them
    (*sigh*). Everything seems right, except for one detail: I can’t drag the mouse from one screen to the next. I have Option “Xinerama” “1”, but no joy.


    mark “almost there”
    I’ve been

  • Well, I’m *almost* there on my user’s box with the old ATI card. Radeon driver, and I had one mistake, so now we can access both monitors.


    If I enable xinerama, I can have it work as one large screen, but xrandr is disabled (and the system->preferences->display doesn’t work). And with xinerama, it still acts as though either it isn’t getting 1280×1024
    resolution, or the viewport (?) is bigger than the screens, and I have no viewport option. Also, when I shove the mouse off the screen, a portion, an “L” shape of maybe 25% or 30% of the screen, moves offscreen, and I
    can’t make it come back.

    With xinerama disabled, xrandr is enabled, the system->preferences->display works, and I can move the mouse between monitors… but the systems sees them as separate, with their own menus at the top, and the display GUI only sees one monitor.

    Annoying, to say the least. Any X experts here that can suggest what I’m missing?

    Here’s my current xorg.conf:
    Section “ServerFlags”
    Option “AllowMouseOpenFail” “true”

    Section “Files”
    ModulePath “/usr/lib64/xorg/modules/extensions/”
    ModulePath “/usr/lib64/xorg/modules”

    Section “Module”
    Load “glx”

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “mycard0”
    Driver “radeon”
    BusID “PCI:2:0:0”
    Screen 0

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “mycard1”
    Driver “radeon”
    BusID “PCI:2:0:0”
    Screen 1

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “mymon0”
    Option “Monitor-DisplayPort-0”
    Option “Rotate” “left”

    Section “Monitor”
    Identifier “mymon1”
    Option “Monitor-DisplayPort-1”
    Option “Rotate” “left”

    Section “Screen”
    Identifier “myhead0”
    Device “mycard0”
    Monitor “mymon0”
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection “Display”
    Depth 24
    Modes “1280×1024”
    EndSubSection EndSection

    Section “Screen”
    Identifier “myhead1”
    Device “mycard1”
    Monitor “mymon1”
    DefaultDepth 24
    SubSection “Display”
    Depth 24
    Modes “1280×1024”
    EndSubSection EndSection

    Section “ServerLayout”
    Identifier “layout0”
    InputDevice “keyboard0” “CoreKeyboard”
    InputDevice “mouse0” “CorePointer”
    Screen 0 “myhead0” RightOf “myhead1”
    Screen 1 “myhead1”
    Option “Xinerama” “0”