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Upgrade Warnings - ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel

nox - 24.08.2012, 18:45
Post subject: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
Hi folks,

ever since I've upgraded to the 3.5 kernel I have massive graphical problems, so I'm back to using 3.4 kernel.

Between dist-upgrades a message appears saying something like:
Required firmware files may be missing ... in the new version some of the drivers used on this system may require additional firmware files. (lists a bunch od Radeon...bin files) ... then it says i should include a contrib and non-free section in apt...

but I already have these enabled in source.list, as far as I know...


So I'm using an ATI Radeon X1600, what do I have to do??




Thank you very much
bfree - 25.08.2012, 10:24
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
The firmware files for radeons are in the firmware-linux-nonfree package. Strictly speaking these should not be required though they are needed for things like video acceleration and 3d. I've no idea if installing them will help your "massive graphical problems" but I suspect it is worth a try.
nox - 26.08.2012, 08:06
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
Hi bfree,

I have the firmware-linux-nonfree package already installed, so should I reinstall or can the radeon files be somehow extracted from it? By massive graph. problems I mean almost the same kind of problem I had with libcairo2 a few months ago (tearing, unreadable firefox and chromium toolbars....). I still have libcairo2 on hold, do you think its safe to install it?
yossarian - 26.08.2012, 12:41
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=677813
seasons - 27.08.2012, 00:18
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
The warning message and the bug linked in post above only concern very recent RadeonHD (7000-series) cards. The firmware for your card was already in the firmware-linux-nonfree package. It must be a different issue.

How bad are the graphical issues? When you boot the 3.5 kernel, are you able to switch to a terminal and look at dmesg?
nox - 27.08.2012, 12:42
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
@seasons

The graphical issues remind me of the problems I've had with libcairo2 (unreadeble, all black and glitchy firefox and chromium toolbars). Currently I still have libcairo2 on hold, so maybe if I just install it, the problem goes away, but it seems much more an radeon problem, because of the missing files message during dist-upgrade.

Anway, the desktop on 3.5 kernel starts at first without problems. The dmesg output is as follows:

http://pastebin.com/tsN943tN
nox - 27.08.2012, 12:42
Post subject: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
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finotti - 27.08.2012, 13:15
Post subject: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
      nox wrote:
I still have libcairo2 on hold, do you think its safe to install it?


I don't know if it is related to your problem at all, but libcairo2 is working fine now (at least for me).

Thanks,

Luis
nox - 27.08.2012, 13:54
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
Tnx finotti, I've just upgraded to libcairo2, but problem still remains. As I did the system upgrade I also read the non-free-firmware upgrade message again, and indeed the additional files required for my Radeon are the same listed in yossarian's post (Aruba, Tahiti, Pitcairn, Verde ), but how and where do I copy these files to???
yossarian - 27.08.2012, 15:07
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
Download required files from:
http://people.freedesktop.org/~agd5f/radeon_ucode/
and save into /lib/firmware.
slh - 27.08.2012, 15:16
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
No, there is no download required at all.

The firmware images mentioned are for very new graphics cards, which weren't supported before kernel 3.5. If the graphics card was working with older kernels, there is no need for these.
nox - 27.08.2012, 15:45
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
slh,
during the kernel upgrade the system itself is asking for those files, so maybe it's worth a try.... Smile

yossarian, I have the folder downloaded,

1.) so you're saying I should put the whole radeon_ucode folder in the /lib/firmware dir, or should I just save the files into the already existing /lib/firmware/radeon directory?


2.)In the latter case, can I just overwrite the existing files with the new ones or do I have to be specific?


3.)Also, as the files were downloaded to my /home partition, do I have to change permissions of the files?


Thanky you!
slh - 27.08.2012, 16:03
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
Of course the system is asking, because the radeon module declares the new firmware relations - but the kernel's packaging can not know if those are actually needed for your particular hardware (as radeon.ko supports many different hardware generations).

Those new blobs are not needed for radeon x1300, not at all - and you shouldn't overwrite the packaged files, nor download those blobs by hand in the first place.
nox - 27.08.2012, 17:02
Post subject: RE: Re: RE: ATI Radeon problems since upgrade to 3.5 kernel
slh, ok you're right I've tried it...

Maybe it has something to do with kvm?
When I boot into the 3.5 Kernel a message says "kvm disabled by bios"...?
stefutz - 18.10.2012, 14:38
Post subject:
I have the same problem starting with kernel 3.4.
My video card is Ati Radeon x1250 (shared memory, integrated into mainboard, laptop pc). Putting the files from ucode did not help, only stopped the kernel update message about the missing files.
I am now having kernel 3.3-6 and sticking with it. All others (new) make my system unusable (link to screenshot: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/103396816/Screenshot2.png )
      Code:
$ uname -r
3.3-6.slh.1-aptosid-amd64

stefutz - 18.10.2012, 14:40
Post subject:
I have the same problem starting with kernel 3.4.
My video card is Ati Radeon x1250 (shared memory, integrated into mainboard, laptop pc). Putting the files from ucode did not help, only stopped the kernel update message about the missing files.
I am now having kernel 3.3-6 and sticking with it. All others (new) make my system unusable (link to screenshot: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/103396816/Screenshot2.png )
      Code:
$ uname -r
3.3-6.slh.1-aptosid-amd64

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