Bug 1193 - Can not enable CrossFire mode. AMD tech.support asked me to fill a bug here.
Summary: Can not enable CrossFire mode. AMD tech.support asked me to fill a bug here.
Alias: None
Product: AMD Catalyst™Proprietary Display Driver
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Catalyst Control Center (show other bugs)
Version: .archived
Hardware: Radeon HD 7000 Series Linux
: low normal
Assignee: nobody
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-09-04 16:05 CDT by Vladimir
Modified: 2016-11-09 16:18 CST (History)
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Description Vladimir 2015-09-04 16:05:07 CDT
Description of problem: 

I have two graphics cards of the same model. I want to use them in CF (CrossFire) mode on Ubuntu linux. I get a following message in a console (see below in "Actual result").

On Windows CF is supported and works as should for the same hardware.


Graphics cards' GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7790 (Gigabyte GV-R779OC-2GD)
Mainboard: ASUS P5KC.

I asked AMD tech. support the following questions (I need only an info from them):

Q1. Do exist any hardware configuration at all, wich can support CF with OS (K)Ubuntu 14.04 (or higher)?

Q2. If if is possible, describe all the criteria to choose such hardware, please. Especially, for 2 * Radeon HD 7790. 

Q3. If CF mode is impossible for Radeon HD 7790 on OS (K)Ubuntu at all, tell do exist any graphics cards that can work in CF mode on this OS, please?

Q4. What does it mean the following message of aticonfig ("CrossFire can work with P2P mapping through GART")? I. e., I mean when and/or on which hardware "CrossFire can work with P2P mapping through GART"? I've got such message on KUbuntu 14.04. If it possible at all I would like to try to use PC components (mainboard, etc) specially to use CF on this OS.

Q5.  If CF mode can not be enabled for all existing hardware configurations for the specified OS, confirm this fact, please.

If any hardware configurations exist, where Ubuntu can support CF mode, I ask you give me sufficient criteria, how I can find such hardware. May be, some chipsets and CPUs, based on AMD architecture (not Intel) can support this feature. 

Is this problem specifical only for Radeon HD 7790 or is common for all the AMD graphics cards (CF is impossible for Ubuntu)?

AMD tech.support did not answer most of my questions, and said only that:

A1. There is no crossfire support for AMD Radeon HD7790 with KUbuntu 14.04 O.S.

A2. Then (later) they asked me to fill in a bug report here ("Please provide your feedback through AMD Bugzilla file bug report issue. Please refer below link http://ati.cchtml.com/").

Steps to reproduce:
1. Install two graphics cards and connect them by a CF-connector. Install official proprietary driver via GUI installer.

2. Enable CF mode via Catalyst software. Restart a PC.
3. Enter in a console: 

aticonfig --lscs

Actual result: 

CrossFire actually is not supported. The message in a console is:
aticonfig --lscs
    Candidate Combination: 
    Master: 1:0:0 
    Slave: 4:0:0 
    CrossFire is disabled on current device
    CrossFire Diagnostics:
    CrossFire can work with P2P mapping through GART

Expected result: 

1. CF mode is enabled and actually works on Ubuntu.


2. AMD experts explain how to choose hardware components (mainboard, graphics cards etc), which can support CF mode for Ubuntu (if it is possible at all).


3. If CF mode can not be enabled for all existing hardware configurations for the specified OS, AMD experts confirm this fact.
Comment 1 Michael Cronenworth 2016-10-31 11:04:25 CDT
This message is a reminder that your bug is marked as Catalyst 15.7.

The current Catalyst version is 15.12.

AMD is transitioning to the AMDGPU-PRO driver for Radeon R7 series and newer hardware. The current AMDGPU-PRO driver is 16.40.

Please update to the AMDGPU-PRO driver, if possible, and enter a new bug report under the AMDGPU-PRO component with updated information:

If the AMDGPU-PRO driver does not support your hardware the next best option is to use the open source driver available for your hardware.

Approximately 7 days from now the Bugzilla administrator will be removing the 15.7 version. At that time your bug will be CLOSED as WONTFIX.

Bug Reporter: Thank you for reporting this issue. However, the Bugzilla administrator provides this as a unofficial, free service to AMD customers, and I like to keep my systems neat and tidy. If you would like to keep your bug from being closed, please try a new Catalyst version and update the 'version' field if the issue still occurs.

If you are unable to update the version, please make a comment and someone will change it for you.