Two problems. First, apparently my amd gpu wasn’t being used by manjaro (although drivers were installed). Second, after changing drivers manjaro won’t start.
Recently installed Manjaro in new desktop computer. I have a AMD R5450 graphics card. The card’s HDMI output is what I use for display and after installation I could see the xfce desktop working so I thought everything was ok. Also
mhwd and manjaro settings manager indicated that fglrx (Catalyst) driver was installed.
$ inxi -Fxzc0 System: Host: tornado Kernel: 4.4.36-1-MANJARO x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 6.2.1) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.31) Distro: Manjaro Linux Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: M5A97 LE R2.0 v: Rev 1.xx BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2601 date: 03/24/2015 CPU: Hexa core AMD FX-6300 Six-Core (-MCP-) cache: 12288 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm) bmips: 42157 clock speeds: max: 3500 MHz 1: 1400 MHz 2: 1400 MHz 3: 1400 MHz 4: 2000 MHz 5: 2000 MHz 6: 2000 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cedar [Radeon HD 5000/6000/7350/8350 Series] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.17.4 driver: fglrx Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: AMD Radeon HD 5450 GLX Version: 4.5.13399 - CPC 15.201.1151 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cedar HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5400/6300/7300 Series] driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 01:00.1 Card-2 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.36-1-MANJARO Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8168 v: 8.040.00-NAPI port: d000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9271 802.11n driver: ath9k_htc usb-ID: 001-002 IF: wlp0s18f2u2 state: N/A mac: N/A Drives: HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (16.5% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD10EZEX size: 1000.2GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 908G used: 146G (17%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 9.45GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 33.8C mobo: N/A gpu: 62.50C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0 Info: Processes: 171 Uptime: 5:15 Memory: 2100.4/7890.9MB Init: systemd Gcc sys: 6.2.1 Client: Shell (bash 4.4.51) inxi: 2.3.4
Later I noticed that VLC playing 720p videos lagged the computer a lot and sometimes it would completely stop responding. To see if the gpu was being used I tried
aticonfig but it indicated that it was loaded at 0%.
Also Geeks3D gpu benchmanrk (2014) apparently loaded all computing to the cpu (checked with command
top) and nothing onto the gpu (checked again with
I read that perhaps it was a drivers issue, so I used settings manager to remove catalyst driver and inmediately after, install the alternative free ati driver. I restarted the computer but now manjaro doesn’t start. It’s stuck in a black screen showing:
starting version 232 /dev/sda1: clean, xxxxx/xxxxxx files, xxxxx/xxxxx blocks
aticonfig showed 0% gpu load? that doesn’t make sense to me. Could it be that manjaro wasn’t “using” the gpu somehow?
Is there a way to get manjaro working again without reinstalling? I don’t have acces to a command line or anything, it’s stuck in that black screen.
I’m not very knowledgeable with linux, any help will be appreciated.