I've recently dual booted the Ubuntu 17.10.1 with wubi alongside Windows 10 on my Asus X53U laptop which came with the AMD Radeon HD 6290 graphics card. As all of us know that the fglrx is no longer supported from the Ubuntu 16.0 versions so there was an alternative The Amdgpu-Pro and the Radeon-Pro Open source drivers. But the problem is that due to my device being old I can't find the right one to install to my laptop. I got a link here which lists the Radeon HD 6000M gpu series I've got, but there are no download links. Also the Amdgpu is only supported for newer AMD GPUs. What can i do now, can anyone provide me a full exhaustive list of all supported hardwares (not the one in the AMD official site) and download links for the driver my hardware supports. I'm facing tremendous performance issues.

Also: When I enter the lspci command at the terminal to check the graphics drivers it says this ... VGA... Advanced Micro Devices (graphics card name here)

Subsystem: AsusTek...
kernel modules: radeon

Now what does the kernel modules mean, I think if the correct driver is running it should have been something else.

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The radeon driver should work for you. (the one that is already used as indicated by the lspci output)

You will also need the packages xserver-xorg-video-ati and xserver-xorg-video-radeon. X should do the rest automatically. But if you want to force it you have to set the driver to radeon.

a full list of supported cards and features is available here (See the decoder ring at the bottom. I think you have an Evergreen Card. this is why you need radeon and not amdgpu)

  • First of all my card is not evergreen (as only the 6350 was evergreen in the 6000M series), moreover the page you directed to was very old. Much changed after Ubuntu updated from 15 to 16 and removing support for proprietary drivers from AMD. Does that mean I will have no driver to install at all 😵😵😥
    – jyoti proy
    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:14
  • Radeon HD 6290 is has the Terrascale 2 architecture, which makes it Evergreen. The page is also not very old. Last edit is 2 month old. imho this page is the most reliable source for information about the radeon driver
    – mbeyss
    Feb 23, 2018 at 9:26
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    oibaf is not a driver it is a ppa that offers bleeding edge drivers. This will in the end result in the fact that you will have slightly newer version of xserver-xorg-video-ati, which is the driver I linked you to in my original post.
    – mbeyss
    Feb 23, 2018 at 10:45
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    You probably already have it installed and are using it. Check /var/log/Xorg.0.log (look e.g. for connected). If not see my original answer. It has all the information you need. The performance of the free drivers is not as good as that of the proprietary ones. See e.g. this comparison by (phornoix)[phoronix.com/….
    – mbeyss
    Feb 26, 2018 at 7:59
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    Save mode probably uses the vesa driver, which is sort of minimal compromise. I would not recommend to use that. If I get you right you are experiencing some sort of graphics problems? Perhaps this is worth another question.
    – mbeyss
    Mar 2, 2018 at 7:40

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