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    I recently bought a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 laptop with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650 graphics card and i'm trying to install the Catalyst 9.9 (fglrx) driver on a fresh install of Ubuntu Studio 9.04.

    I've read several topics on how to do it on this and other forums but have run into an error i'm not able to resolve. After installing the Catalyst driver, configuring xorg.conf with "aticonfig --initial" and rebooting, i can log in to X, open the Catalyst manager and the system seems to be working, although there's an awful lot of frame skipping when moving windows. However, when i try to launch a 3d application (ie. nexuiz) i get errors. I tried running glxinfo and glxgears but this is what i get:

    stefanos@lap:~$ glxgears
    X Error of failed request:  BadRequest (invalid request code or no such operation)
      Major opcode of failed request:  135 (GLX)
      Minor opcode of failed request:  19 (X_GLXQueryServerString)
      Serial number of failed request:  14
      Current serial number in output stream:  14
    While trying to find a solution, i've completely uninstalled the driver, i've checked that there's no other ati driver on my system and also i located and deleted any file that had fglrx in it, then reinstalled. Same thing happens. In my Xorg.0.log i found these lines, that seem to point to the source of the problem:

    (II) fglrx(0): driver needs 1.4.x.y with x.y >= 99.906
    (WW) fglrx(0): could not detect X server version (query_status=-1)
    (EE) fglrx(0): atiddxDriScreenInit failed, GPS not been initialized. 
    (WW) fglrx(0): ***********************************************
    (WW) fglrx(0): * DRI initialization failed!                  *
    (WW) fglrx(0): * (maybe driver kernel module missing or bad) *
    (WW) fglrx(0): * 2D acceleraton available (MMIO)             *
    (WW) fglrx(0): * no 3D acceleration available                *
    (WW) fglrx(0): ********************************************* *
    in dmesg i found these 2 lines that seem relevant with the issue:

    [   25.316824] fglrx: module license 'Proprietary. (C) 2002 - ATI Technologies, Starnberg, GERMANY' taints kernel.
    [   25.318311] fglrx: Unknown symbol __call_bad_lock_func
    So, now i have lots of frame skipping and no 3d acceleration. Any help to resolve any of these 2 issues will be greatly appreciated.

    thanks in advance,
    Last edited by delete; 09-18-2009, 05:38 AM. Reason: added dmesg info

  • #2
    Your kernel is lacking a required symbol. Could try an Ubuntu 9.10 kernel.


    • #3
      The first error is from a too new libdrm2, so you basically can forget the system without libdrm2 downgrade. The 2nd seems to be specific to the used kernel. I would get rid of that system if you want to use fglrx. You definitely can NOT use an unpatched U 9.10 kernel, because of 2 things:

      a) would require 9-10 driver
      b) libc6 is too old in your system
      Last edited by Kano; 09-18-2009, 05:49 AM.


      • #4
        thanks for the replies. do you reckon these issues will be resolved if i try a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 1, which has the 9.10 driver and newest libc6?


        • #5
          You can do this or you could get a new Kanotix snapshot is you like KDE 3.5 or 4.2.4 *g*


          • #6
            Kano: thanks for the help. Unfortunately, i need a tested, sturdy and optimized system with realtime preemption without going into the process of compiling the kernel myself, so Kanotix is not an option for me.

            While googling around i found out that the 3d issue is probably a bug in the rt kernel. I'm downloading Ubuntu Studio Alpha 6 now, will give it a shot and report back.


            • #7
              The 2nd part is the kernel, the first is libdrm2 too new.


              • #8
                Kano: Thanks for correction.
                delete: I'd assume rather a feature than a bug.