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aticonfig Issues

If you get the message ‘‘aticonfig: No supported adapters detected’’, you might have a card not officially supported by the fglrx driver but that might still work when forcing the driver to load. See Ubuntu#Unsupported_adapter.


X server dies at start, possibly with error segmentation fault at address 0x8

  • aticonfig can mess up the fglrx config in /etc/ati/amdpcsdb, try overwriting with /etc/ati/amdpcsdb.default
  "VideoOverlay"        "on"
  "OpenGLOverlay"       "off"
  "UseInternalAGPGART" "yes"   
  (10/2011, on cat-11.9, ATI 6300 aka 9803)


AMD installer script completes, fglrx X driver loads, fglrxinfo reports error

Xorg.log reports 2d/3d acceleration disabled, DRI disabled and uki errors related to /proc/ati files. AMD control panel works.

This can happen if there is a problem w/ the AMD installer compiling the fglrx.ko kernel module. The installation completes anyway with the fglrx Xorg driver in place. As per 2.6.42.9 and the 12.1 AMD driver there was a compile error in/usr/src/fglrx-8.93/firegl_public.c, due to TS_USEDFPU macro not being defined. Other compile-time errors will produce a similar problem. Check the contents of /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log, note if there was a compile error. If so, re-running the AMD installer will not fix the problem since the compile error will just recur. Likewise, patching the bug ie

http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?68922-Patch-to-compile-fgrlx-module-on-Linux-3-3-rc4-with-x86-32-bit-arch

and then reinstalling won't help either since the installer re-extracts the source from the archive. To fix, apply whatever fix is required to the sourcecode that the installer leaves in /usr/src/fglrx-xxx and use dkms to compile and install the driver.

dkms add fglrx/8.93 /usr/src/fglrx-8.93
dkms build fglrx/8.93
dkms install fglrx/8.93

Apply fixes to the fglrx source and repeat the dkms build step until the build completes, then install & reboot. Check lsmod output to see if fglrx.ko is loaded, confirm DRI and proc stuff in Xorg.log is working.

In the 2.6.42.9 w/ 12.1 bug case, the fix is to add the TS_USEDFPU ifdef in firegl_public.c as below;

void ATI_API_CALL KCL_fpu_begin(void)
{
#ifdef CONFIG_X86_64

   kernel_fpu_begin();

#else
#ifndef TS_USEDFPU

   preempt_disable();
   if (__thread_has_fpu(current))
      __save_init_fpu(current);

#else

   struct thread_info *cur_task = current_thread_info();
   preempt_disable();
   if (cur_task->status & TS_USEDFPU)
       __save_init_fpu(cur_task->task);

#endif

   else
       clts();

#endif }

References


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