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  • HD4770 on Linux with Catalyst <= 9.4

    Hi all,

    Recently ordered an HD4770 (couldn't resist!), upgrading from an nVidia 7900GT. Has anyone here tried this card with Linux yet? Michael? Wondering if there's support in Catalyst 9.4 (even "unofficial" or unlisted support due to NDAs when 9.4 was released), or we'll have to wait for Catalyst 9.5 to be able to use this card.

    Cheers

  • #2
    Everyone has been pretty silent over this. I guess since you already ordered the card you will soon find out . My bet is that it will be "supported" by current drivers in that they at least recognize the card and provide some level of acceleration.

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    • #3
      Yeah, it's still 4xxx series afterall. Couldn't be that much different internally to the others. As long as Compiz works I'll be happy (going without Compiz is like going from Linux to Windows, it's painful)

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      • #4
        Sapphire was running behind schedule in their HD 4770 shipments. I should have my sample(s) on Tuesday, so next week I will know. I anticipate it working with Catalyst 9.4.
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Thanks for the reply Michael.

          I expect mine on Tuesday too (probably around 04:00 GMT). Would be great if Catalyst 9.4 supports it

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          • #6
            I have one currently and the downloadable Catalyst 9.4 Windows drivers do not have support for the card (get an error message during install). Only the drivers on the CD worked. I will install CentOS and give 9.4 a try and report back.

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            • #7
              Well it looks like the 9.4 Linux drivers don't work either. I just tried them on a fresh install of CentOS 5.3. The installer completes, but after rebooting I was still in VESA mode. So I ran aticonfig and got this:

              aticonfig: No supported adapters detected

              With "--initial -f" gave the same result. Running the control center from gnome gave a similar error message: "There was a problem initializing Catalyst Control Center Linux edition. It could be caused by the following...."

              I guess we will have to wait until 9.5

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              • #8
                Ok, I promise this is the last reply, got the driver to work now. I didn't have the kernel-devel package installed (there was an error in the install log file but no error in the graphical install which made it appear that everything installed ok). After that I had to manually change xorg.conf to fglrx and then I could run the Catalyst Control Center to configure my multi-monitor setup.

                aticonfig still doesn't work and reports the same thing as in my prior post. Also, there is an AMD Unsupported hardware overlay in the lower right corner of both screens.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies droidix. So you have 3D acceleration (?), but you've got the unsupported hardware message?. I'm not sure, but I thought there was a way to turn that off? Might be in another thread here on Phoronix.

                  Hopefully Catalyst 9.5 releases Real Soon Now(TM). If AMD's going to make such fantastic hardware at irresistible prices, they gotta have the software support out there for their users too (especially for those who jump ship, like I have)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lem79 View Post
                    Thanks for the replies droidix. So you have 3D acceleration (?), but you've got the unsupported hardware message?. I'm not sure, but I thought there was a way to turn that off? Might be in another thread here on Phoronix.
                    Yep, 3D acceleration worked great. I installed the ET:Quake Wars demo and ran it with high quality settings at 1680x1050. Looked beautiful and the frame rate jumped between 30 and 60 fps. I was running this as root, there seemed to be a problem running as a normal user, something about reverting to indirect rendering.

                    The unsupported message is there, it looks just like the one in this article:

                    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...n_hd4890&num=3

                    except the words "testing use only" are not included. I bet 9.5 will add official support.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by droidix View Post
                      I was running this as root, there seemed to be a problem running as a normal user, something about reverting to indirect rendering.
                      You need this in your xorg.conf:

                      Section "DRI"
                      Mode 0666
                      EndSection

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                        You need this in your xorg.conf:

                        Section "DRI"
                        Mode 0666
                        EndSection

                        That worked great. My only issues with the driver now are some parts of ETQW are all scrambled if I look a certain direction. This might have to do with the fact that the ETQW startup script outputs that only 128 MB of video memory were detected (the default fallback) whereas this card has 512 MB (although I forced it to 512 at the command line and graphics still scramble when looking toward the bridge). The CentOS startup screen is completely jumbled as well (once it gets to the login screen everything is fine).

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                        • #13
                          I'll add that when running as root I don't experience the scrambled graphics in ETQW.

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                          • #14
                            Well I got the card. It works, mostly.

                            Blur doesn't work in Compiz, in any of the modes (mipmap, gaussian, 4xbilinear). Everything else seems to work alright, though the water plugin behaves differently to under nVidia.. the waves go for much longer and move faster, then all of a sudden disappear, rather than slowly fading.

                            In Quake 4, it looks like things mostly work, except the weapon is textured with really low res textures. Decals seem to be normal. Not sure about other textures, it doesn't look as good as it could, so I'm guessing lower res textures are in use .. might be the same 128mb RAM detected thing that you're experiencing droidix? The correct amount of RAM (512mb) is detected in amdcccle however.

                            Scorched3D seems to work properly even in a window while Compiz is running. Launching 24 Strangeloves simultaneously makes the graphics stop for a while however, lol. I think it's a limitation of Scorched rather than the HD4770 though

                            Michael probably has Catalyst 9.5 already for testing.. (wanna share Michael? lol)

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                            • #15
                              Do any of you experience this bug I reported:
                              https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/372345

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