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Radeon HD4670 unplayable with TF2
I have been gaming on Windows for about 26 years. My last hard drive crash had me say "What the hell, let's try to go 100% Linux" again. The proprietary Radeon driver is no longer compatible with the latest version of ubuntu and my card. Which is really, really stupid. This card played great in Windows, but in TF2 under Linux, my frame rate is horrendous. I am running the Open Source driver. I still haven't gotten to play the Halloween stuff. :-(
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serge Nov 8, 2013 @ 7:09am 
is DPM enabled?
if not you should enable it.
[TASF]Overkill Nov 10, 2013 @ 7:18am 
DPM does appear to be enabled. I went through the instructions listed here:

The radeon_pm_info file contains:

default engine clock: 750000 kHz
current engine clock: 749250 kHz
default memory clock: 800000 kHz
current memory clock: 796500 kHz
voltage: 1250 mV
PCIE lanes: 16

In TF2, with all detail turned down, I get about 40 FPS on the lowest resolution. At my native res (1920xsomething) with all detail turned down, I get about 12.
Hardtimes Nov 10, 2013 @ 7:29pm 
Have you added the xorg-edgers ppa?
func_croc Nov 10, 2013 @ 9:34pm 
So even the open source driver sucks? So much for me using Linux on this system.
[TASF]Overkill Nov 13, 2013 @ 7:01am 
Hardtimes, I'm not familiar with xorg-edgers. A search hasn't cleared anything up for me, and it looks like it might be an NVidia related package?
Benjamin Nov 13, 2013 @ 8:49am 
A lot of progress has been made with the open source drivers recently, which puts them ahead of the proprietary driver in most aspects IMO.
Basically, you need a newer kernel (3.11 or 3.12) and the very latest drivers for your card in order to benefit from the recent advancements. Ubuntu is just a bit behind, so you'll need to add a PPA and a kernel parameter to take advantage of it. In about 6 months when the next releases come out it will be good out of the box for your card, but your getting in just at the edge of things...

Look at this thread for a popular PPA with very up to date drivers:

After that, do a google search for how to install the 3.12 kernel. Then search for how to add "radeon.dpm=1" to your kernel boot options.

Or just wait about 6 months until this makes its way into conservative distributions like Ubuntu.
Hardtimes Nov 13, 2013 @ 12:11pm 
Originally posted by TASFOverkill:
Hardtimes, I'm not familiar with xorg-edgers. A search hasn't cleared anything up for me, and it looks like it might be an NVidia related package?

The xorg edgers PPA usually provides a recent Xorg/Mesa driver stack (not just Nvidia):

The PPA Benjamin is recommending looks to be a bit more recent:
[TASF]Overkill Nov 13, 2013 @ 6:39pm 
I am currently running Ubuntu Kernel 3.11.0-13. Should I still go through with xorg-edgers?

I run Debian on plenty of servers, but I had understood that Ubuntu was the go-to distribution for the easiest Steam gaming experience. Is this not the case?
Hardtimes Nov 13, 2013 @ 6:48pm 
AMD/ATI offer an inconsistent experience across their GPUs at the moment. Yes, use the xorg-edgers repo. It's easy to purge if you find it's unstable. You may still need to find a repo for kernel 3.12 as well.
Last edited by Hardtimes; Nov 13, 2013 @ 6:51pm
[TASF]Overkill Dec 3, 2013 @ 11:04am 
Thanks. This did it wonderfully, for the most part. TF2 is pretty good now. A few other games (despite claiming Linux compatibility such as NS2) don't work at all.

PlayOnLinux doesn't seem to help much either... I'm basically stuck in the Source engine games. Oh well, it's close!

Thanks. Why are these packages not part of Ubuntu?
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Date Posted: Nov 8, 2013 @ 6:34am
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