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March 14, 2012, 09:00:48 PM
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Machine:

i5-2500k
ASRock Extreme4 Gen3
Powercolor 6870x2
Powercolor 6870
XFX 5870 on a riser
Cougar GX-1050 PSU
Rosewill Thor case

I am currently having issues with getting the 11.04 live CD to boot. I can get through to the boot menu, but cannot get X to start. The video output is through the 6870x2 and I've tried changing it to onboard graphics in the bios, but it would not work. I ended up having to clear CMOS and try again. At this point I have tried:

xforcevesa
i915.nomodeset=0
i915.nomodeset=1

Each of those goes to a blank screen and will eventually put the machine into a mode where it no longer displays video or anything else.

The only success I have had is with the default nomodeset boot parameter. It will boot to the Xubunut 11.04 screen with the dots below, but then it gives me an error that states:

[46.244824] xhci_hcd 0000:08:00.0 : Failed to enable MSI-X
[    46.284705] xhci_hcd 0000:09:00.0: Failed to enable MSI-X

The machine then goes into a text based prompt, but I have not been able to figure out how to start X from there. I had the machine working with a live CD before I added the 5870, using the xforcevesa command. The only change has been the 5870, but I fail to see how that one card could cause so many issues. I have a feeling this may be a simple fix, but I need some assistance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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March 16, 2012, 01:26:59 AM
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11.04 doesn't like the older cards apparently, poor ATI support possibly.
I have a system with an x1950, 11.04 will boot but the desktop will not display. If I remove the card and use the onboard graphics, nvidia, 11.04 desktop works fine.
You could try checking what version of fglrx is installed.
Code:
dpkg --get-selections | grep fglrx
then, after an apt-get update
Code:
apt-cache show fglrx
Alternatively you could burn to a flash stick from a running system (offending card removed), then install the drivers and sdk you want.
You may need to follow Kano's guide to get up to speed.

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March 16, 2012, 02:46:50 AM
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11.04 doesn't like the older cards apparently, poor ATI support possibly.
I have a system with an x1950, 11.04 will boot but the desktop will not display. If I remove the card and use the onboard graphics, nvidia, 11.04 desktop works fine.
You could try checking what version of fglrx is installed.
Code:
dpkg --get-selections | grep fglrx
then, after an apt-get update
Code:
apt-cache show fglrx
Alternatively you could burn to a flash stick from a running system (offending card removed), then install the drivers and sdk you want.
You may need to follow Kano's guide to get up to speed.

Thank you for the assistance. I had the machine working before I installed the 5870 using the xforcevesa command. Now, that I added the 5870 the same boot parameter will not work and gives me the MSI-x error.

I have two machines in the garage with 4x5870s in them that work fine with 11.04. I used a combination of kano's guide with a couple changes that work just fine so it kind of has me confused. I have the flash drive I originally made for my desktop computer. I used it to boot one of the machines in the garage for the first time and started going through kano's guide with it. I made a mistake somewhere in his guide and out of frustration decided to start over on a new flash drive. The original one after using it in the garage computer will no longer work with my desktop. The menus look very different, gives me all sorts of errors, and shuts off.

At this point I've thought about:

1. sudo apt-get update, but I don't want to save the update to my SSD, but rather the flash drive. How would I target that as the destination when booting from the live cd?

2. Create flash drive from one of the garage machines and see if it'll work. If so I can just go through my normal installation process.

3. Remove 5870, create live cd with vforcevesa, reinstall 5870, and create a new fglrx.

I know there just has to be a simpler way of doing it though.

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March 19, 2012, 10:06:47 PM
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Update:

I booted the machine with the live CD in it. I noticed that for some odd reason the main menu looked a little different. I added nomodeset to the boot parameter and started it. It went through the loading screen and eventually said, "Welcome to Ubuntu 11.04." I took a picture of it because I wasn't quite sure what was going on.

http://oi40.tinypic.com/ix4ism.jpg

Apparently, I am booting into ubuntu, but the GUI isn't started for some odd reason. I started messing with it, but couldn't figure out how to target the flash drive to write the updates to so I gave up. I setup cgminer on my desktop in Windows and have been messing with that. I'd prefer to have an Ubuntu boot flash drive instead as I am more familiar with that, but at least I am hashing. Any help with getting the GUI to start would be greatly appreciated.

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March 20, 2012, 05:50:43 AM
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If it's not an ATI driver issue then it might be the PCIe extender. Some boards require a jumper when using an extender.

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March 22, 2012, 01:26:05 AM
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If it's not an ATI driver issue then it might be the PCIe extender. Some boards require a jumper when using an extender.

The 5870 is getting 440 mh/s right now in Windows on the riser. I'm using the video out from the 6870x2. I think for some odd reason 11.04 and that card just dont like each other. It works fine in Windows, so at this point I think I'm just going to leave it alone for now. I would like to figure out the issue, but I'd prefer to leave the machine hashing away instead of creating downtime.

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March 22, 2012, 05:56:38 AM
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I was trying to make useful suggestions while someone with more experience was able to provide better assistance. No one stepped up though. :shrugs:
Attempt#3 Maybe the X.org file needs to be deleted, then when you reboot it will be rewritten. There's an aticonfig command I believe as well.
When you add cards the x.org remains the same recognizing only the original video card layout and errors in booting occur.

Good to here it's hashing away though.

Cheers

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March 23, 2012, 02:07:09 AM
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What do you mean a ubuntu is not obvious. Also, I would recommend to try full-fledged Linux distributions.
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