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    Default install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    Hello all,

    I installed OpenSuse 13.1 in dual boot on my Samsung ATIV Book 6 pre-installed with Windows 8 (with graphic card: Radeon HD 8850M) with a usb key (ultrabook, no dvd reader atm). I am having trouble with the graphic card drivers.

    just fyi, I am very new to the linux world, i have tried for a month and a half to install Ubuntu with graphic proprietary drivers on my previous macbook pro, gave up, sold it, got this new laptop, tried once again ubuntu, could not even get the live cd working and finally I managed to get Open Suse installed, and this time I intend to finish it ! However I have several issues still unsolved, and after many unsuccessful searches I decided to ask for your help here.


    Currents issues I am stuck with:

    resolution is stuck to 800*600

    I had to set nomodeset in the boot load configuration both to start the live cd and to start the installed os afterwards.

    I tried to install the proprietary driver fglrx following every different procedure indicated in http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:AMD_fglrx but once installed, I could not load the gui anymore. And I am too uneasy with the zipper command to restore the default graphic drivers (seemed easier with apt-get in ubuntu, would you have a tutorial to share to restore default headers/drivers through command line once we messed it all?), so every time I had to install once again with the live cd to restore my os.

    I would like at least to use the radeon driver as described in http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Radeon but "modprobe radeon" returns "FATAL: Error inserting radeon (/lib/modules/3.11.6-4-desktop/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/radeon/radeon.ko) : Invalid argument). Any hint/procedure on installing the radeon driver from scratch?

    I figured out that I could get a normal resolution if I went through samsung boot loader first. How to get it permanently fixed?
    I went through the following procedureress F10 when laptop starts to choose the partition to boot on
    choose opensuse
    choose opensuse in grub2 (the grub2 UI appears in a higher resolution than if I let the laptop boot normally and go through grub2)
    and Voila! resolution is correct but once i restart, i lose it.


    Brightness is too low and keyboard fn keys do not work
    while volume and touchpad-enable keys work. but not brightness or keyboard backlight.
    I tried the the commands xrandr and xbacklight but nothing happens, as advised in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6...tness-on-linux
    any hint?


    Thankfully,
    Jeremie

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    I would suggest you install the proprietary fglrx driver.
    To do that just use the 1-click install here:
    http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:AMD_fglrx...-click-install

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    As i said, I unfortunately tried the 1-click procedure, the yast, the zipper command-line and the script from the german fellow. Concerning the last one, problem was that running his script failed because my card was not compatible. The driver that include my graphic card is the 13.9 driver and he wrote no script for this particular one. I tried running the amd driver bash script directly but it also failed.
    What logs might be helpful for your guidance? I would also rather like to know how to rollback any driver install before starting it once again if you know it ..?

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    Ok I found https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...aphics-drivers
    i am going to retry installing proprietary drivers and use sax2 -m 0=vesa to restore default drivers

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    i would have edited my post if i could, I found the solution for the resolution: specify the resolution to use in the grub configuration file.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/54067...een-resolution

    nothing found otherwise concerning brightness and it's hurting my eyes !
    I used this tutorial http://tr.opensuse.org/SDB:Using_the...n_the_Keyboard to assign the variables XF86MonBrightnessUp (and others for keyboard) on available keyboard keys but once again nothing happens.

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremie_charlet View Post
    As i said, I unfortunately tried the 1-click procedure, the yast, the zipper command-line and the script from the german fellow.
    Sorry, I overlooked that.

    Concerning the last one, problem was that running his script failed because my card was not compatible. The driver that include my graphic card is the 13.9 driver and he wrote no script for this particular one. I tried running the amd driver bash script directly but it also failed.
    The 13.9 driver DOES NOT WORK on openSUSE 13.1.
    You need at least the latest version, 13.12.
    And yes, this does support your card, as it supports all cards from HD5000 up.

    Did you get any errors when you installed it?

    How did it fail? Did you get to text mode, or did the screen stay blank?

    Can you boot again with the fglrx driver? Then reboot to Recovery Mode "Advanced Options" in YaST, and upload the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log to http://susepaste.org and post a link. This should give a clue why it didn't work.

    If you need to install the driver again, just enter YaST->Software Management, search for fglrx and install the package there.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeremie_charlet View Post
    Ok I found https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...aphics-drivers
    i am going to retry installing proprietary drivers and use sax2 -m 0=vesa to restore default drivers
    Don't. Sax2 is not available any more.
    Just uninstall the fglrx driver and you should use the default drivers again.

    If you installed the driver using the RPMs, just enter YaST->Software Management, search for fglrx and uninstall the package.

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    sax2 is long gone and no longer works right. You are using old instructions

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremie_charlet;2619462[B
    ][/B]I had to set nomodeset in the boot load configuration both to start the live cd and to start the installed os afterwards ....

    I would like at least to use the radeon driver as described in http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Radeon but "modprobe radeon" returns "FATAL: Error inserting radeon (/lib/modules/3.11.6-4-desktop/kernel/drivers/gpu/drm/radeon/radeon.ko) : Invalid argument). Any hint/procedure on installing the radeon driver from scratch?
    if you're using nomodeset, then you will NOT be able to use the radeon kernel driver, as it works via KMS (which is the opposite of UMS, and which functionally gets invoked by the "nomodeset" boot option)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    You are using old instructions
    ...though, I for one admire that they're actively searching for a solution themselves

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    Default Re: install opensuse: troubles with graphic card configuration on Radeon HD 8850M

    Thank you for your answers .

    So wolfi I installed fglrx with Yast,
    reboot,
    edited grub conf and removed the nomodeset option as per Tyler comment
    > black screen, nothing happens. I tried again without splash and quiet options but I don't see anything, logs disappear quickly

    When i reboot with nomodeset, the GUI fails to start but I still get access to the console. I am going to try to uninstall the driver to get back my GUI.

    I however could get access to the log files using the live usb (I tried for a while to send to me the log file by mail through command line, but since no account was configured yet, I could not do it. What an enriching experience )
    Here is the Xorg log when I booted with fglrx installed and without nomodeset option: http://susepaste.org/88126850

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