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August 18, 2011, 07:43:36 AM
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Hello,

im running ubuntu 11.04 with catalyst 10.1 and sdk 2.1. i have a good performance with this configuration.

Now i wanna try the catalyst 11.7 driver cause of the free clock settings.

Is there a guide howto remove the driver clean from the kernel and add the new ones ? Or maybe i just update them ?

Thanks for your time and help!
cheers
carlo
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August 19, 2011, 04:55:01 AM
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10.1? Are those Ubuntu packages?

To remove Ubuntu packages:

sudo dpkg --purge fglrx fglrx-modaliases fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-dev

To remove binary driver packages:

'sudo sh ./<driver-package>.sh --uninstall' if you have the install package or 'sudo /usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh' if you don't

if neither of those work then you're probably going to have to dig it out manually

To install the binary driver, download from ATI/AMD main page:

sudo sh ./ati-driver-installer-11-6-x86.x86_64.run (I just go with option 1 for recommended install)
sudo aticonfig --initial --adapter=all -f
reboot

PS. I wouldn't go with 11.7, lots of people have been reporting high cpu usage on Linux. 11.6 seems to be the sweet spot right now.

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August 19, 2011, 07:47:51 AM
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Dont install 11.7 on Linux: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=32520.0

You can get limitless OC with 11.6.
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August 19, 2011, 08:08:17 AM
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Thx for the help and the hint to go with 11.6 !

Thats the way i have installed it, i made ubuntu packages:
Code:
sudo sh ati-driver-installer-10-11-x86.x86_64.run --buildpkg Ubuntu/natty
sudo dpkg -i *.deb
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo aticonfig -f --initial --adapter=all
sudo reboot

There is no file "/usr/share/ati/fglrx-uninstall.sh"

So the only option i have is this:

i created the deb packages:
Code:
-rw-r--r--  1 root  root   32053380 2011-07-10 01:34 fglrx_8.791-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r--  1 root  root    5196638 2011-07-10 01:34 fglrx-amdcccle_8.791-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
-rw-r--r--  1 root  root      65676 2011-07-10 01:34 fglrx-dev_8.791-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb
-rw-rw-r--  1 root  root       1970 2011-07-10 01:34 fglrx-installer_8.791-0ubuntu1_amd64.changes
-rw-r--r--  1 root  root      13572 2011-07-10 01:34 fglrx-modaliases_8.791-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb

So i will remove them with dpkg:
sudo dpkg --purge fglrx fglrx-modaliases fglrx-amdcccle fglrx-dev

Do i need to reboot after this, or can i just install the now ones ?

Hopefully it removes the 10.11 from the kernel and i can install 11.6 the same way i have written on top of this reply.

cheers
carlo




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August 20, 2011, 10:53:58 PM
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--uninstall will remove the kernel source files and all supporting files on the operating system. I don't think it can remove the running fglrx kernel module if X is still running. Theoretically you could kill X, rmmod fglrx, install the new driver package, config X, then start X.

Rebooting is pretty quick on my machines so I just reboot after removing an fglrx driver then again after installing the new one.

The only caveat I can think of, mostly relating to other systems, would be if X won't start because of the config and the fglrx driver being around anymore in which case you would have to install the new driver from the command line or ssh session. I have not had this problem with Ubuntu yet, it seems to fall back to using a generic ati driver.

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