Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial, AMD, Black or Blank Screen, Steam Will Not Launch

If your getting black screens on boot with your Ubuntu upgrade to 16.04 (Xenial) then probably ‘upgrade’ is the problem.

From Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 onwards, there is no FGLRX or proprietry driver support for AMD RADEON HD cards.

AMD are now focusing on the open source drivers. If your getting blank or black screen on boot, or other video problems, do a clean install. Do not try to install the proprietry drivers. Everything should be working fine without any messing about.

Steam wont launch? Damn this is still hanging around from 15.01!!

This is a Steam problem. Steam really needs to try keep up with the open source drivers. We simply remove the old libs from Steam so it is forced to use the newer libs.

cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/i386/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak
cd $HOME/.steam/ubuntu12_32/steam-runtime/amd64/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
mv libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++.so.6.bak

Steam will work now ūüôā

NTFS disk corruption, dual boot, linux (ubuntu,mint etc) windows 8, windows 10. Shared disk NTFS.

After prolonged use by Linux  of a shared NTFS drive in dual boot, Windows will report a corrupt disk, file system.

There is actually nothing wrong. Linux leaves the shared NTFS drive dirty on purpose to avoid file system corruption by windows fastboot.  Over time of dual booting and not fixing then you might get some corruption.

If you have been using linux for a while then dual boot into windows 8 or 10, then do a disk check of your shared NTFS drive.  Disk check will find errors, fix them, usually without any data loss.

You could turn off fastboot in windows to stop this happening. You could also disk check in windows regularly to fix the dirty flags, without disabling fastboot. That is up to you.

Comment if you need more information.

 

BaDbod

Windows 10, Install error, cannot open device or file, internal error 2755. 110, Shared dual boot, linux windows drive

MSI installers, failing signed key. No encrypted or compressed temp folders. Windows 10 and a shared drive with Linux?

internal error 2755, 110  ?

If your sharing a NTFS drive with both windows and linux, then you may well lose some permissions on folders in the shared NTFS drive.

Even i f you are not sharing a NTFS drive in a dual boot system with windows 10 and linux yet you have these symptoms..

internal error 2755. 110 ¬†or ‘cannot open device or file specified’.

If you have already done the google and noticed you have no encrypted folders or files, then probably your linux  is stripping some permissions from your dual boot shared drive.

Easy fix.

Where you download your files,

  1. Right click your downloads folder and -> properties
  2. Security tab
  3. Advanced
  4. Enable inheritance
  5. Apply

If your more with the security angle,  then  make sure SYSTEM has some access.

 

Easier fix?

Another option is to copy the installer files to your windows boot drive. They will install fine from there without you having to mess with your shared drive permissions.

Nod,

BaDboD

Visual tearing, stutter jerky video, Intel video card, linux, ubuntu 15.10, i915

Hmm, so your getting bad video playback fullscreen using an onboard Intel GPU. Maybe yor using something like Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller?

hwinfo --gfx

you might need to install hwinfo, it is in the repo

sudo apt-get install hwinfo

Fix:
Get the Intel Linux drivers from the official Intel open source drivers center here

Follow the instructions on that page, especially the part about the signatures.

once installed, and rebooted, try adding the line

Option "TearFree" "true"

to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and reboot.

If your still having playback issues, then that will be due to the default video player ‘Video’ (totem).

do

sudo apt-get install mplayer smplayer

Right click your video and ‘Open with’ smplayer.

now enjoy smooth full screen video playback.

Some people prefer VLC.

Also of note is the GPU’s I mention above do not have any hardware video decoding so might still struggle with full on HD video. There’s nothing you can really do about that.

Please do leave a comment if you find a better solution, or this works for you on different hardware.

Wine 1.7, WoW, Warcraft, Battlenet, white screen, performance, Linux

The current 5.x release of Battlenet launcher has given many linux wine users a headache with some suffering a white or blank/black screen.

FIX:
winecfg

  1. Under the Applications tab click ‘Add application’
  2. Browse to ‘program files (x86)\Battle.net’, or wherever you have battlenet launcher installed, select ‘Battle.net.exe’ and click ‘Open’.
  3. Back in the main window ‘applications’ tab, select the new entry ‘Battle.net.exe’.
  4. Below, in the ‘Windows version’ dropdown menu select ‘Windows XP’
  5. Click ‘Apply’.

Blank screen problem should now be fixed.

PERFORMANCE:
For better performance of WoW, there are 2 methods, one is to use opengl and the other is to use D3D9 but using a small trick to provide much better performance. Opengl works fine and provides much improved frame rate without any further messing about, but you might not like the visuals. Regardless, the first step to either method is to first switch WoW to using opengl mode.

Using gedit or notepad open the ‘WTF\configure.wft’ file in the World of Warcraft folder and change the line
SET gxApi "D3D9"
to
SET gxApi "opengl"
and save.

Try WoW now. You might need to set your resolution and full screen mode again. Your frame rate should be much improved, as good, if not better than if you were using windows.

if you don’t like the changed visuals you get in opengl mode and want the nice shiny D3D9 look without sacrificing too much performance.

After first making the change above,

  1. Set your in game video options as you like.
  2. Restart the game.
  3. Use the in game system menu -> Advanced and set the Graphics API to ‘DirectX 9’.
  4. Restart WoW.

Now you will have slightly lower frame rate than opengl mode, but much better frame rate and the improved visuals of D3D9 mode than you did before the switch to opengl.

!!Important!!

Apart from setting your resolution and window/fullscreen mode DO NOT change any other video settings. If you do your frame rate will drop substantially and you will have to repeat the switch to opengl and back again.

To get the best visuals V performance you may have to change video settings then switch to opengl and back to directx 9 untill you find the best settings for you.

Also worth a try is replacing Wine 1.7 with Wine-staging. This offers better performance out of the box and the above works for even better frame rates. However; this version of wine is aimed at gaming so may well break any other applications you are using wine for. If you are going to try it out, once installed use winecfg and go to the staging tab. Tick everything.

Before doing your first winecfg it might be worth making sure you already have:

sudo apt-get install winbind libp11-kit-gnome-keyring:i386 p11-kit-modules:i386