Hi … Ive been trying to get the AMDGPU driver to load instead of the Radeon driver using various versions of Pop-os (19.04/10 & 20.04/10 ) using either a R9 290 (Sea Islands GCN2) & now a R9 280 (Volcanic Islands GCN1) and have never had any success - just a black screen and lots of frustration.
I have only been using Pop for just over a year as my main driver but every time I have issue with it I have to rely on help from other people or guides.
Some guides tell me almost every thing I need to know, but do not explain the precise instructions on how to do it … eg
Im trying to do this bit
- When building or compiling a [kernel]
- should be be set in the config.
but I have no idea on how to actually do that
If I look for ubuntu help sites I tend to get 100+ guides that all do it slightly different from the others … which in turn doesn’t teach me anything cos im so confused as to which method to use and most of the time do not work or just break my system even more.
Posting in forums tends to get to get the same results … 20 different ways of doing things, telling me that it does work and im doing it wrong or people asking me why I doing this, of which I would have thought the answer is pretty obvious - because I dont know and I am new to this, hence the post e.g https://linustechtips.com/topic/1297979-have-i-missed-anything-out-amdgpu-vs-kernel-58-issues-pop-2010/
Ive come to the realization that I just gonna have to learn this myself and hope for the best or just forget about linux and move back to win10 ( I really would prefer not to do this as Pop runs was better than Win10 in every way apart from trying to get the AMDGPU driver to work ironically )
Is there a website out there that provides stupid people like myself a basic way of understanding what programs/modules work and how to access problems yourself with certain methods?
Everytime I enter a input such as "glxinfo | grep “OpenGL renderer” or “dmesg” I can figure out what it is ment to do from the output it gives … But where the hell do u learn these things from? When I search “learn unbutu or popOS or linux” … again Im provided with a million pages that all tell you how to do the “same” things in different ways and where as I can see this being useful to know, for a noob like me, its just an information overload.
When I have fixed things in the past, it just feels like Ive applied a band-aid … I have no real understanding of what I just did and thats prob not good if I plan to continue using linux, its got to change.
Thx for reading