I'm running Kubuntu 13.04_x64 on my Sony Vaio SVE171E13L. The notebook has an AMD Radeon HD7650M graphics card. Up until now, I've been using the AMD proprietary driver (AMD Catalyst 13.4).

After building the 3.10 (now 3.10.1) kernel, however, I no longer had a graphical interface!

It turns out that 3.10 has introduced a major change in the /proc filesystem API. (According to the bug report for broken fglrx driver.)

The fglrx driver no longer builds. I tried purging the proprietary driver and installing the open source driver with no success. In retrospect, that's not surprising, as the open source driver is an older version of the AMD driver.

I also tried the beta Catayst 13.6, but that didn't work either. That version predates the kernel as well.

Has anyone found a way to get an AMD graphics card working with this kernel?!?

I've searched and searched, but I've been unable to find anything that will help me get this working! In fact, I've barely found any references to this issue at all!

Surely this kernel wasn't released knowing that everyone with an AMD graphics card would be unable to use it!!!

Thanks for any suggestions!

EDIT: 7/21/2013

I wanted to clarify in response to @edwin's comment... This isn't a bug, per se, although I did see that someone had filed a bug report.

From what I read on the issue, it's simply a matter that that there was a somewhat major change in kernel 3.10, and the AMD driver hasn't been updated to deal with it.

I'm simply asking if anyone with an AMD graphics card has successfully built 3.10, and, if so, how?!?

  • What do you mean by development? As far as I knew, 13.04 is the mainstream version! I don't need the long term support version. – geo Jul 21 '13 at 18:02
  • Sorry, I got confused. I mean that the kernel version is not the official one for Ubuntu 13.04. – edwin Jul 21 '13 at 21:43

I eventually caved with similar problems and started using the open source radeon driver. I have a post on Ubuntu Forums, but the site is down now, on how to enable that drivers power saving features. If performed decent FPS and the temperature of the cpu was about the same running fglrx.

Purge the proprietary driver. move /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Go here for the rest: I used this to make my post on Ubuntu Forums


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