Topic Title: Desktop Enivronment Not Displaying R9 290 Catalyst 14.x
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Created On: 06/01/2014 06:07 AM
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 06/01/2014 06:07 AM
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With the current 14.x drivers (14.4 and 14.6 beta), my desktop environment does not display after booting. All I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top-left corner of the screen. The 13.35 drivers work ok (though there are weird little glitches like alt-tabbing menus in gnome-shell not displayed correctly, and blank screens on Witcher 2 when starting the game a second time without restarting and graphical glitches that make Metro Last Light unplayable).

Graphics Card
Asus Radeon R9 290 R9290-4GD5

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History

14.4, 14.6 beta

Operating System

- Debian 7 amd64

Motherboard or System Make & Model
- Asus Z87-WS

Power Supply

- Seasonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W


Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
- Cheap HP monitor at 1600x900 resolution hooked up through DVI.

Applications and Games

- Desktop environment does not load, so all graphical applications and games are effected.

CPU Details
- Intel Core i7 4770k

Motherboard BIOS Version
BIOS Information
    Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
    Version: 1708
    Release Date: 01/17/2014

System Memory Type & Amount
- 2 4GB sticks. 8GB total.

 06/01/2014 11:47 AM
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The price of using cutting-edge hardware on a barely supported platform... Use the issue reporting form, it might get fixed in a later version.


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 06/02/2014 02:31 PM
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Thanks, didn't know about the issue reporting form.

On the other hand, it seems AMD really needs to change their driver development process. I don't know much about driver development, but something seems off when they release patches that address very specific issues with specific applications. If their OpenGL/OpenCL implementations are correct, and applications are using the API properly, then I wouldn't think there would be so many problems. The drivers either work correctly for all applications, or they are not correct. They need to start doing unit testing or something, IMO.

Not to diss the developers or anything. I'm sure they're very capable, and the problem probably lies with upper management not providing enough resources/manpower to do their jobs properly.

I'm thinking about selling my card and getting a GTX 780 or something. Which is kind of sad, since AMD provides more support to the free driver developers than nvidia.

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