Proprietary Driver for AMD-4670 desktop graphics card

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  1. Arch Parsons

    Arch Parsons New Member

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    Is it possible to install a proprietary driver for the AMD/ATI 4670 HD graphics card in Mint 17? I know the AMD site does list linux drivers but I have had problems trying to install it on Mint 16 after downloading the file.

  2. jerz4lunch

    jerz4lunch New Member

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    For me, I stay as far away from proprietary drivers as I can.
  3. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    The 4670 HD series graphics card requires Catalyst 13.1 or newer. So I suggest using the Drivers installer that should be Settings somewhere. If that does not work you will want to install ONE of these packages (I recommend fglrx-updates)
    1. fglrx
    2. fglrx-updates
    3. fglrx-experimental

    This can be done either Mint's software manager or via command line like this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates
    There is no need to download directly from AMD. The packages in the Mint repositories are pulled directly from AMD and are designed for use on Mint.

    IMPORTANT: you may run into problems when installing graphics drivers. Make sure to backup your data. ;)
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2014
  4. Arch Parsons

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    thanks for the reply. At the end of the extractions I get the mssage: No support for locale: en_CA.utf8 Now Mint 17 fails to boot and recovery mode does not get me past the text login. I need help to configure the x-config which I know nothing about. Thanks in advance for your kind assistance to get back in to Mint 17 now that these changes have been made by running
    sudo apt-get install fglrx-updates and getting the error mentioned above. I have no critical personal data inside the linux 17 partition.
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    Last edited: Sep 26, 2014
  6. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Maybe run
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial
  7. Arch Parsons

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    Thanks again. aticonfig -- initial comes back with "no supported adapters detected." I started in normal mode and answered no for Would you like to view the X server output to diagnose the problem?
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    Being that I was starting to miss booting into Mint 17, and not knowing how to go from here I decided to delete the partition and install the KDE version. I had the impression that the proprietary driver from AMD was going to be better than the default. I can see now why Jerz4lunch says that he stays away from proprietary drivers.
  9. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    AMD does not seem to understand how important Linux is. Nvidia and Intel both make certain to have the best drivers they can for Linux (Except for optimus support though I get around that).
  10. Arch Parsons

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    Thanks for trying. I will keep that in mind the next time I pick up a graphics card. Increased performance (faster boot time) and popularity of Linux should influence AMD. I compared boot times. My 10 Linus distros varied from as little as 30 seconds for Mint 17 to only 1:17 (the slowest) for Ubuntu 14.04. Windows XP took 4:02, Win 7 took 2:16 and Win 8.1 took 3:30. That's on a 5-year old SATA2 hard drive, of course, not on a SSD. Of course we also need more investment from software producers especially games producers which seem to in turn drive graphics card production and their support.

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