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  • caustic
    started a topic Fan Speed Control HD 4870?

    Fan Speed Control HD 4870?

    Hi there! I am relatively new to the Linux scene. I started with distros like Ubuntu and Fedora, of course, but I have recently switched to Sabayon to start trying my hand in a Gentoo flavor...that is beside the point though.

    I am currently running the ATI proprietary driver on my HD 4870, and I get absolutely terrible 2d performance (window tearing, slow, etc); I only use Linux for casual browsing, learning, and some programming so good 2d performance is all I really want! I would like to switch to an open source driver because I hear the 2d performance is significantly better, but I need to have some way of implementing manual fan control. This card gets super hot if I don't crank up the fan speed. Is there anything like this in the radeon driver, or am I basically stuck with fglrx for the time being? Thank you!

  • nbi1
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    Originally posted by agd5f View Post
    The options are enabled fine:
    (II) RADEON(0): Dynamic Power Management Enabled
    (II) RADEON(0): Force Low Power Mode Enabled

    The xorg macros are required to build the driver. You need a certain xorg macros package, but you can build against just about any xserver. It looks like you already sorted that out though.
    Not perfect, but definitely better behaved than with the previous Radeon driver. The crazy racing behavior of the fan is definitely gone. The 2D performance actually seems quite good. The image quality could be better, it seems faintly (barely perceptible) grainy and not as sharp as fglrx. Maybe contrast needs a boost? Overall pretty good and since I have no need for 3D I'll probably stick with it since it doesn't suffer the build fiascos of fglrx.

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  • agd5f
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    The options are enabled fine:
    (II) RADEON(0): Dynamic Power Management Enabled
    (II) RADEON(0): Force Low Power Mode Enabled

    The xorg macros are required to build the driver. You need a certain xorg macros package, but you can build against just about any xserver. It looks like you already sorted that out though.

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  • nbi1
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    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
    Go to http://pastebin.com (or any of the other pastebin sites; .ca, .de etc...).

    You'll see text box on the web form.

    Copy the xorg log from your system and paste it into the text box.

    Hit "send" or "submit" depending on the site; you'll get back a URL.

    Paste that URL here.
    http://pastebin.com/m41056130

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  • bridgman
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    Go to http://pastebin.com (or any of the other pastebin sites; .ca, .de etc...).

    You'll see text box on the web form.

    Copy the xorg log from your system and paste it into the text box.

    Hit "send" or "submit" depending on the site; you'll get back a URL.

    Paste that URL here.

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  • nbi1
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    Originally posted by bridgman View Post
    Try xutils-dev ? The package names are often distro-specific unfortunately.
    Already installed. Like I said all the missing packages were installed.

    I don't think you'll find anything enlightening in my Xorg.log since it does not contain anything fan/temp related, but I'd be happy to pastebin if someone explains how (I don't see a html editor control for that).

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  • bridgman
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    Originally posted by nbi1 View Post
    What exactly is the name of the package you think I'm missing?

    I installed a bunch of packages per the dialogue with Bridgman and the driver corresponding to the git master built cleanly and is now installed.
    But the problems I initially reported still persist.

    Are you saying that yet another package is needed to resolve these problems?
    Try xutils-dev ? The package names are often distro-specific unfortunately.

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  • bridgman
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    Can you pastebin your xorg log ?

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  • nbi1
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    Originally posted by agd5f View Post
    There is no xserver version dependency. What you need is a newer xorg macros package.
    What exactly is the name of the package you think I'm missing?

    I installed a bunch of packages per the dialogue with Bridgman and the driver corresponding to the git master built cleanly and is now installed.
    But the problems I initially reported still persist.

    Are you saying that yet another package is needed to resolve these problems?

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  • agd5f
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    There is no xserver version dependency. What you need is a newer xorg macros package.

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