Ubuntu 14.04 and Radeon R7 250

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Ubuntu 14.04 and Radeon R7 250

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Hi guys.

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS on my X1000. Yes it's got a bit old. It keeps opening a window to offer Ubuntu 14.04. I'd like to upgrade it but it warns me of a potential issue with my Radeon card being unsupported.

I updated my card from a HD5450 to this R7 250 and it was fine in Linux. In fact, on the 5450 the colours were wrong. On the R7 250 the colours are correct. But, will there be an issue if I update Linux?

Has anyone experience with an R7 250 and Ubuntu 14.04? Is it safe to upgrade?
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Re: Ubuntu 14.04 and Radeon R7 250

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Hypex wrote: Sat Apr 11, 2020 8:54 am Hi guys.

I'm currently running Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS on my X1000. Yes it's got a bit old. It keeps opening a window to offer Ubuntu 14.04. I'd like to upgrade it but it warns me of a potential issue with my Radeon card being unsupported.

I updated my card from a HD5450 to this R7 250 and it was fine in Linux. In fact, on the 5450 the colours were wrong. On the R7 250 the colours are correct. But, will there be an issue if I update Linux?

Has anyone experience with an R7 250 and Ubuntu 14.04? Is it safe to upgrade?
Hi Hypex,

I would recommend you to install Ubuntu 16.04. Please look in the following thread:

ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 Live DVD

Please note: Hardware 3D acceleration doesn't work with the Radeon HD7xxx series and above (Radeon SI). You need a Radeon HD6xxx series or below.

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Re: Ubuntu 14.04 and Radeon R7 250

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xeno74 wrote: Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:04 am Hi Hypex,

I would recommend you to install Ubuntu 16.04. Please look in the following thread:

ubuntu MATE 16.04.1 Live DVD

Please note: Hardware 3D acceleration doesn't work with the Radeon HD7xxx series and above (Radeon SI). You need a Radeon HD6xxx series or below.

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Thanks for your recommendation Christian.

The reason I wanted to upgrade it was so my files would be intact. I know I can install over the top to retain my files, which I've done before, so that does work. But I would lose my applications and need to reinstall lit again. Thus wanted to do it the proper way until I made it to the latest LTS. However I tried upgrading it and it failed on a missing Releases file. Most of the sources I had were fine.

I've set aside some new partitions. A new Ubuntu and Fienix can go there.
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Hypex wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:54 pm The reason I wanted to upgrade it was so my files would be intact.
I see. Good luck with Fienix. It is really great and the fastest distribution we have.
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I'm in the same boat. I last booted my 12.04 Distro many years ago.
My X1000 has a RadeonHD7800 Series card.

I'm really going to be starting over so.
Is there an ISO I can grab for fienix ? Currently CF0 has vmlinux4.9 kernel on it. Does that need to be updated to 5.7 RC1
Does it support hardward acceleration on my graphics board.

Or would you recommend I go the ubunto 16.04 route.
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Hi JurassicC,
JurassicC wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:39 pm Is there an ISO I can grab for fienix ?
No, there isn't but an image for a USB flash drive. Here you are: fienix-soar_3.0-20200412.img
JurassicC wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:39 pm Currently CF0 has vmlinux4.9 kernel on it. Does that need to be updated to 5.7 RC1
I would recommend you to use the stable kernel 5.6.
JurassicC wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:39 pm Does it support hardward acceleration on my graphics board.
Hardware 3D acceleration doesn't work with the Radeon HD7xxx series and above (Radeon SI). You need a Radeon HD6xxx series or below. That means you can't use hardware 3D acceleration for games and videos with your RadeonHD7800 Series card.
JurassicC wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:39 pm Or would you recommend I go the ubunto 16.04 route.
I would recommend you to install Fienix. It is the latest, fastest and best Linux distribution we have for our AmigaOnes.

Create two partitions on a USB flash drive. A small FAT16 boot partition and a big partition without a file system. Copy the Linux kernel (zImage) to the first small FAT16 boot partition. After that copy the Fienix img with 'dd' from a Linux distribution (x86, PPC etc) or with the USB image Tool from Windows to the second big partition.

For example the partition /dev/sdd2 on a USB flash drive:

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sudo dd if=fienix-soar_3.0-20200412.img of=/dev/sdd2
You can boot it with the following commands (for example from /dev/sdd2):

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setenv bootargs "root=/dev/sdd2 rootdelay=5"

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boot -elf -noints -z -fatfs usbdisk0:zImage-5.6
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I would recommend you to install Fienix. It is the latest, fastest and best Linux distribution we have for our AmigaOnes.
Many thanks Christian,I think I will go the Fienix route. I've setup the USB stick with kernel 5.6, I'm just downloading the .img file.
Hardware 3D acceleration doesn't work with the Radeon HD7xxx series and above (Radeon SI). You need a Radeon HD6xxx series or below. That means you can't use hardware 3D acceleration for games and videos with your RadeonHD7800 Series card.
I'll be installing with the HD7800 series in the X1000, If at a later date I put a 4,5,6XXX series in my X1000 will I need to do anything to activate 3D acceleration or will it be automatic ? If not how would I active it ?
Is it possible to use two graphics cards EG:- HD7800 for OS4.1 and say a PCI HD4000 series for Fienix. I ask because I have an old PCI HD4000 series card lying around and a free PCI slot in my X1000.
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xeno74 wrote: Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:03 pmHardware 3D acceleration doesn't work with the Radeon HD7xxx series and above (Radeon SI). You need a Radeon HD6xxx series or below. That means you can't use hardware 3D acceleration for games and videos with your RadeonHD7800 Series card.
Does this also affect the desktop? Such as causing Gnome to fail?

One issue I had with the A1/XE Debian Jessie installer was that Gnome needed 3d hardware and had dropped support for R200 devices. Despite R200 cards having hardware 3d. So it had to be modified to use soft rendering and use another desktop.

The X1000 supports a lot of newer 3d cards but PPC would lack driver support now. So can end up in the sample place. Except for the custom drivers being worked on.
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JurassicC wrote: Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:06 am Is it possible to use two graphics cards EG:- HD7800 for OS4.1 and say a PCI HD4000 series for Fienix. I ask because I have an old PCI HD4000 series card lying around and a free PCI slot in my X1000.
Hi JurassicC,

I am sorry, I don't have any experiences with two graphics cards in an AmigaOne X1000. AlfredOne has successfully installed two graphics cards in his AmigaOne X1000. His X1000 has a Radeon R9-280X 3GB and a Radeon HIS4670 1GB DDR3. The Radeon R9-280X 3GB has hardware 3D acceleration on OS4.1 and the Radeon HIS4670 1GB DDR3 has hardware 3D acceleration on Linux.

Link to the test thread: forum.hyperion-entertainment.biz

Please contact AlfredOne via pm directly.

Julian also use 2 graphics cards in his AmigaOne X5000. Please look in the following thread: Spectre660's Linux downloads for the X5000

I know that you need a xorg.conf file with a device section for your Radeon HD4xxx PCI card.

For example for an ATi FireMV 2250:

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Section "Device"
            Identifier "ATI RV516 GL [FireMV 2250]"
            BusID   "PCI:05:00.1"
            Driver "radeon"
    EndSection
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Hypex wrote: Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:32 pm Does this also affect the desktop?
Yes, this also affects the desktop.
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