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  • Simple graphics switching through BIOS

    Please help me out here, I'm loosing hope. No one has been able to help me with what seems to be a trivial issue.

    Basic problem description:
    Notebook with switchable graphics (old generation)
    Catalyst driver installed for the AMD chip
    Once the notebook is switched to use the AMD graphics and booted, switching back to Intel graphics brakes the graphics configuration (fallback mode etc.).

    More details here (comprehensive description):
    https://ask.fedoraproject.org/questi...etary-drivers/
    Last edited by Bucic; 03-13-2013, 04:19 PM.

  • #2
    I offer 20 bucks for solving the problem. PayPal only though. Not much but hey, consider it a good beer

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    • #3
      Well you could use a special detection to switch to the fglrx legacy in the initrd. Maybe install Kanotix and i could help you.

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      • #4
        Do you mean - prepare the live version for use and test if it boots correctly?

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        • #5
          I asked the same question on Fedoraforums http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?p=1649182 Since this topic has more views, lets continue here, unless you don't have Phoronix account.

          The bounty is up, $33 now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bucic View Post
            Catalyst driver installed for the AMD chip
            You really need fglrx instead of radeon?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
              You really need fglrx instead of radeon?
              Radeon is still 30-60 % slower than Catalyst and only has OpenGL 3.1 support (while Catalyst has 4.2).

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              • #8
                Yes, I do need it.

                If no one is able to provide a soultion, I'll go dual boot when Fedora 19 comes out. My normal system will by Fedora default with Intel graphics. The other will be a barebone Fedora with LXDE and Catalyst installed.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bucic View Post
                  Yes, I do need it.

                  If no one is able to provide a soultion, I'll go dual boot when Fedora 19 comes out. My normal system will by Fedora default with Intel graphics. The other will be a barebone Fedora with LXDE and Catalyst installed.
                  I don't think it's possible to do that. I previously tried to set up a dual boot with Fedora 10 (x86) and Fedora 10 (x64) so that I can use the x86 version to watch anime streams using Flash, and the x64 version for everything else; the installer always ended up clearing out one of the OS installed.

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                  • #10
                    My suggestion would be for you to KICKstart the funding for working dynpm for radeon opensource driver.
                    Because its just a matter of few years till your card will be unsupported, so why invest money there?
                    Xorg log when you install catalyst and switch to intel will help you. Probably some module or some library replaced and loading with intel hardware.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Calinou View Post
                      Radeon is still 30-60 % slower than Catalyst and only has OpenGL 3.1 support (while Catalyst has 4.2).
                      http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...g&goto=newpost

                      What radeon really lacks is trouble-free powerstate switching.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bucic View Post
                        Yes, I do need it.

                        If no one is able to provide a soultion, I'll go dual boot when Fedora 19 comes out. My normal system will by Fedora default with Intel graphics. The other will be a barebone Fedora with LXDE and Catalyst installed.
                        By the way, just 1 issue. That notebook of yours is rather old and last I remembered the mainline Catalyst doesn't even support that the 3xxx series hardware anymore. And Catalyst legacy has not been updated to work with anything after, what, xserver 1.11? Mind telling me how in the world are you even going to install Catalyst Legacy on F19?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brosis View Post
                          My suggestion would be for you to KICKstart the funding for working dynpm for radeon opensource driver.
                          Because its just a matter of few years till your card will be unsupported, so why invest money there?
                          Xorg log when you install catalyst and switch to intel will help you. Probably some module or some library replaced and loading with intel hardware.
                          I need the solution -now-. I'm not linux-savvy enough to conclude anything from xorg logs but I know enough that there's little more silly things than hoping for a release of some open-source software in a given timeframe. Grey hair guaranteed!

                          Originally posted by Sonadow View Post
                          By the way, just 1 issue. That notebook of yours is rather old and last I remembered the mainline Catalyst doesn't even support that the 3xxx series hardware anymore. And Catalyst legacy has not been updated to work with anything after, what, xserver 1.11? Mind telling me how in the world are you even going to install Catalyst Legacy on F19?
                          Please refer to post #1. It's all there. I'm currently using F18 with Catalyst legacy 13.1.
                          Last edited by Bucic; 04-28-2013, 12:07 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bucic View Post
                            I need the solution -now-. I'm not linux-savvy enough to conclude anything from xorg logs but I know enough that there's little more silly things than hoping for a release of some open-source software in a given timeframe. Grey hair guaranteed!
                            A solution what you are talking about is called workaround... If you want fix, opensource fix for your trouble would be available much faster than in catalyst, because its a matter of applying patch and resintalling few things (dozen of commands in CLI). Catalyst would only release fix with next release.

                            Could you please switch to radeon card, install catalyst, then remove files as root
                            /var/log/dmesg*
                            and
                            /var/log/Xorg*

                            Copypaste oneliner:
                            sudo rm /var/log/dmesg* && sudo rm /var/log/Xorg*

                            THEN, immediately reboot, switch in BIOS to Intel, let system boot and hang.

                            THEN, switch back to radeon, boot up, and attach those files to your post, for example as archive (zip,7z,gz etc)

                            This way, you will attach relevant logs in the moment of crash. Because currently, there are no logs. No logs - no real help.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by brosis View Post
                              A solution what you are talking about is called workaround... If you want fix, opensource fix for your trouble would be available much faster than in catalyst, because its a matter of applying patch and resintalling few things (dozen of commands in CLI). Catalyst would only release fix with next release.

                              Could you please switch to radeon card, install catalyst, then remove files as root
                              /var/log/dmesg*
                              and
                              /var/log/Xorg*

                              Copypaste oneliner:
                              sudo rm /var/log/dmesg* && sudo rm /var/log/Xorg*

                              THEN, immediately reboot, switch in BIOS to Intel, let system boot and hang.

                              THEN, switch back to radeon, boot up, and attach those files to your post, for example as archive (zip,7z,gz etc)

                              This way, you will attach relevant logs in the moment of crash. Because currently, there are no logs. No logs - no real help.
                              I'm on it but are you sure you got the part with 'dmesg' right? First - AFAIK it's a command, not a set of files. Second - there are no such files in /var/log even on my mature system.

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