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Steam for Linux

urulókë Dec 4, 2013 @ 1:31am
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
Hey, iam using a AMD Radeon HD 6470M, it's installed in a HP EliteBook 8560p that i have.
I installed the proprietary driver (post-release update) from Ubuntu's driver finder program.
When i start a game with steam it lags as hell, i'am not able to see what's going on and my computer almost freezes because it's running so slow, it almost doesn't react when i press a key, so often i have to force shutdown my computer.

Running a:
HP Elitebook 8560p [www.notebookreview.com]
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit
Kernel Linux 3.8.0-33-generic
Gnome 3.4.2
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Benjamin Dec 4, 2013 @ 1:56am 
For that graphics chip, you'll probably find that you have much better performance with the open source driver. Unfortunately you need a newer Kernel and graphics stack. If you like Ubuntu, your best bet is to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander). You can then add a PPA that contains the latest graphics stack, such as this one which worked great for me in the past:
https://launchpad.net/~oibaf/+archive/graphics-drivers/
urulókë Dec 4, 2013 @ 2:13am 
yeah, but my problem is that all never Ubuntu versions aren't compatible with my internet i use.
So i have to use the old version, because the newer ubuntu versions aren't able to connect via PEAP authentication when u don't have a CA certificate.
gutigen Dec 4, 2013 @ 2:49am 
Originally posted by Urulókë:
yeah, but my problem is that all never Ubuntu versions aren't compatible with my internet i use.
So i have to use the old version, because the newer ubuntu versions aren't able to connect via PEAP authentication when u don't have a CA certificate.

You will propably still get better performance with open source drivers even in older Ubuntu versions (not that 12.04lts is that old, it has plenty of backports).
Last edited by gutigen; Dec 4, 2013 @ 2:49am
urulókë Dec 4, 2013 @ 4:45am 
Where should i get the Open source drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 lts?
gutigen Dec 4, 2013 @ 5:26am 
Originally posted by Urulókë:
Where should i get the Open source drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 lts?

You got those installed, just fglrx replaces it when it's on. Uninstall fglrx and reboot.
Open terminal and follow those commands for clean uninstallation:

sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-video-intel libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
sudo reboot
Last edited by gutigen; Dec 4, 2013 @ 5:26am
Letalis Sonus Dec 4, 2013 @ 7:41am 
You most likely have a hybrid laptop, that means by default the system will only use the Intel GPU.

Using the free driver, you can either use PRIME to use the Radeon GPU in a Bumblebee-like way, or you could use the vga_switcheroo to use the Radeon GPU for the whole desktop environment.
urulókë Dec 5, 2013 @ 12:26am 
Originally posted by gutigen o):
Originally posted by Urulókë:
Where should i get the Open source drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 lts?

You got those installed, just fglrx replaces it when it's on. Uninstall fglrx and reboot.
Open terminal and follow those commands for clean uninstallation:

sudo apt-get remove --purge fglrx fglrx_* fglrx-amdcccle* fglrx-dev*
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-video-intel libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
sudo reboot

Hello, i tried your commands but i got errors here:
oliver@oliver-HP-EliteBook-8560p:~$ sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
rm: cannot remove `/etc/X11/xorg.conf': No such file or directory
oliver@oliver-HP-EliteBook-8560p:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall xserver-xorg-core xserver-xorg-video-intel libgl1-mesa-glx libgl1-mesa-dri libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
libgl1-mesa-glx : Depends: libglapi-mesa (= 8.0.4-0ubuntu0.6)
libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 : Depends: libglapi-mesa:i386 (= 8.0.4-0ubuntu0.6)
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
oliver@oliver-HP-EliteBook-8560p:~$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
Package `xserver-xorg' is not installed and no info is available.
Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files,
and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: xserver-xorg is not installed
oliver@oliver-HP-EliteBook-8560p:~$
urulókë Dec 5, 2013 @ 12:27am 
Originally posted by Letalis Sonus:
You most likely have a hybrid laptop, that means by default the system will only use the Intel GPU.

Using the free driver, you can either use PRIME to use the Radeon GPU in a Bumblebee-like way, or you could use the vga_switcheroo to use the Radeon GPU for the whole desktop environment.

yeah i figured out too that it was hybrid and using the Intel GPU, but iam just not sure how i should fix this.
Benjamin Dec 5, 2013 @ 5:48am 
Can I ask, what do you mean when you say that newer Ubuntu isn't compatible with your internet? What issue are you having? It's probably best in the long run to get that resolved.
urulókë Dec 6, 2013 @ 12:58am 
Originally posted by Benjamin:
Can I ask, what do you mean when you say that newer Ubuntu isn't compatible with your internet? What issue are you having? It's probably best in the long run to get that resolved.

So the problem with my internet with all newer versions of ubuntu then 12.04 LTS, is that iam not able to connect.
That is because the internet i connect to is using WPA2 --> PEAP --> MSCHAPv2, with login.
But the internet is without an CA certificate, iam able to log into the internet in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but in newer versions and other linux distribution, the internet doesn't work.
Benjamin Dec 6, 2013 @ 2:29am 
Ah, sorry that's a little out of my area of expertise.
urulókë Dec 6, 2013 @ 3:55am 
Originally posted by Benjamin:
Ah, sorry that's a little out of my area of expertise.

hehe understandable :)
but iam really a noob at linux, could u help me with how i install the FOSS drivers for my videocard?
Letalis Sonus Dec 11, 2013 @ 11:57am 
The free driver is already installed and in use, it's just a little bit old. However, neither the oibaf PPA nor the Xorg-Edgers PPA support your system, you can only install a newer kernel (package 'linux-generic-lts-saucy' contains Kernel 3.11)

Check e.g. the Arch wiki for a short explanation on how to use the Radeon GPU with the free driver via PRIME: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PRIME
When changing command line arguments for games in Steam, you can use the %command% keyword to mark what should be put in front of the start command - you'll need this for passing environment variables.
jonasan Dec 11, 2013 @ 12:37pm 
Originally posted by Urulókë:
yeah i figured out too that it was hybrid and using the Intel GPU, but iam just not sure how i should fix this.

one relatively simple way is to check in your system bios for an option to turn off onboard graphics chip and use only the discreet ATI card... once thats done you should see the true performance of your ATI card with the proprietary driver.... and can also try the open source driver to compare the performance...

there are other ways ... vgaswitcheroo as mentioned above by someone else... but unless you really need the onboard chip/switchable function on your laptop then i would just disable it to make life much easier.
urulókë Dec 13, 2013 @ 3:47am 
okay, well iam not able to upgrade to a newer system because then i can't use the internet. i have searched a lot for fix and asked a lot of persons about this with the internet, but noone know how.
I will try to disable in my BIOS now :)
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