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Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« on: September 18, 2015, 07:13:26 pm »
System:
      Kernel: 3.16.0-49-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Six

Machine:
      System: Gigabyte
      Mobo: Gigabyte model: 970A-UD3P version: x.x Bios: American Megatrends version: F1 date: 08/06/2013

CPU:
      CPU: Octa core AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core (-MCP-) cache: 16384 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm)
      Clock Speeds: 1: 1400.00 MHz 2: 1400.00 MHz 3: 1400.00 MHz 4: 1400.00 MHz 5: 1400.00 MHz 6: 1400.00 MHz 7: 1400.00 MHz 8: 2800.00 MHz

Graphics:
      Card-1: NVIDIA GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]
      Card-2: NVIDIA GM107 [GeForce GTX 750 Ti]
      X.org: 1.16.0 driver: nvidia tty size: 152x31
      Advanced Data: N/A for root

Audio:
      Card-1: 2x NVIDIA Device 0fbc driver: snd_hda_intelsnd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.16.0-49-generic
      Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel

Network:
      Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169
           IF: eth0 state: down
      Card-2: Atheros AR9271 802.11n driver: ath9k_htc
           IF: wlan0 state: up

Drives:
      HDD Total Size: 1160.2GB (0.9% used)
           1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600JS size: 160.0GB
           2: id: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10EZEX size: 1000.2GB

Partition:
      ID: / size: 84G used: 9.9G (13%) fs: ext4
      ID: swap-1 size: 8.55GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap

RAID:      
      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors: 
      System Temperatures: cpu: 30.8C mobo: N/A gpu: 32C


Installed Peppermint 6 (64 bit) via USB alongside Windows on a separate drive. All UEFI and GPT

Had issues with installing nvidia drivers and cuda 7(but who doesn't :P).

The .deb (local and online) from the Cuda website wouldn't work for me, kept giving me dependency errors on a fresh Peppermint 6 install. I tried installing nvidia-current then installing Cuda 7 but still dependency errors.

I could only install Cuda 7 via the .run in tty and the .run seemed to overwrite any nvidia driver I had already installed with whatever the .run contained.

So from a fresh, updated, Peppermint 6 I installed Cuda 7 using the .run via tty (install instructions on Cuda website).
Rebooted
Installed nvidia-352
And everything worked fine.

Purpose of this setup is for 3D rendering on Blender using the x2 GTX 750 Ti
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2015, 07:42:30 pm »
Good Golly, Miss Molly - now that's a monster rig  :o!!!
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2015, 01:12:26 pm »
Only $800 on Tiger Direct as a barebones kit  :P
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2015, 02:03:20 pm »
That's awesome system.

Did you get it on sale, or did you wait for the prices to drop on those components before buying them?  I got an earlier revision of that same board back in 2012 during the Cyber Monday sale (also Tiger Direct) and I got an AMD FX 8120 processor and 8GB DDR3 for a steal.  (I already had everything else I needed to build the rig)  That's a rock solid board and I love those AMD FX processors for CGI rendering.   8)  Before going totally Linux and switching to Blender, mine was ripping through some animations in Lightwave earlier this year and last year.

Though, I've never had any issue installing Nvidia drivers unless I don't use the built-in "Additional Drivers" tool.  Did you use that or do a manual install?
« Last Edit: September 22, 2015, 02:06:10 pm by scifidude79 »

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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2015, 04:18:09 pm »
I don't quite remember when I bought it, sometime between Black Fri and Xmas last year. It came with everything listed in the OP above except the second GPU and the smaller Harddrive (it came with a 1TB).

I did do a LOT of shopping around before grabbing this barebones kit and did kinda get lucky (I think they only had 1 or 2).

I have tried the "Additional Drivers" method but it seemed to not install nvidia-settings properly (or the drivers listed were very limited), Blender wouldn't detect the GPUs at all, and could not even the resolution of the screen from the default (which looks horrible). Not only that but when I tried to install the Cuda 7 (had the same problem on Peppermint 5 and Cuda 6) Cuda would uninstall whatever drivers are installed. >:( :-[

But after days of trying (and at least 4 Peppermint installs) I figured out the correct install combo to open the Nvidia Linux Lock! lol

Now Blender sees both GPUs, I can adjust the resolution, control each GPU individually using nvidia-settings, and Cuda 7 is properly installed along with compatible drivers. 8)
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2015, 09:20:07 pm »
Yeah, your Nvidia GPUs are a lot newer than mine, so I don't have any issues like that.  I don't think Blender is going to detect mine no matter what I do.  :))  (it's 5 years old)

The only time I've ever had issues with the "Additional drivers" tool was in Mint 5 years ago, when I first installed Mint 9 (I think it was 9) and I forgot to refresh my sources list before trying to install the Nvidia driver.   :-[  (newbie mistake)  But, since then, I've never made that mistake or had that issue.  In fact, I usually upgrade my system first before installing the Nvidia driver now.  Though, it is possible the driver you want wasn't in there.  Ubuntu did add some newer drivers a while back, but I don't know if they have the latest in there (I doubt it.)

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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2015, 10:54:40 pm »
According to the nvidia (geforce) website my GPU is compatible with a bunch of drivers (some old and some new) but the older ones gave me issues with resolution and such. All the drivers listed in "Additional Drivers" gave me issues. Only when going on the nvidia website and checking for the most current driver, then using:
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(after installing Cuda libraries) would make my system 'seem' normal. I still question how solid it really is.  :P
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2015, 01:12:30 pm »
Yeah, with cards as new as yours, you really want the latest drivers.  They're going to have the best support.

I have a GeForce 9500GT, so I've been on the newest "legacy" driver since January.  But, no worries, I have very few issues with my card and I'm not replacing it until I do.   8)

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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2015, 05:57:30 pm »
So I updated the kernel yesterday (x86_64 Linux 3.16.0-50-generic) and it broke my nvidia driver  ::)

Luckly fixing it was as simple as going into the Synaptic Package Manager and searching for "nvidia", found the "newest" driver listed (in this case nvidia-346 which is significantly lower then before nvidia-352), installing it, and rebooting.

I may try to install nvidia-352 later, but I really don't feel like completely screwing up my system, and 346 is working for now without noticeable differences.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2015, 07:07:31 pm by s4w3d0ff »
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2015, 06:30:00 pm »
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2015, 07:05:30 pm »
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Re: Gigabyte 970A-UD3P AMD FX-8350 UEFI
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2015, 08:06:02 pm »
And now blender doesn't see my GPUs  >:(

Time to backup and start hitting buttons  :P.
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2015, 09:20:22 pm »
went with:

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which downgraded the driver (again) this time to nvidia-340  :( but at least everything seems functional, and Blender can see both GPUs
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2015, 08:08:28 pm »
That's awesome system.

Did you get it on sale, or did you wait for the prices to drop on those components before buying them?  I got an earlier revision of that same board back in 2012 during the Cyber Monday sale (also Tiger Direct) and I got an AMD FX 8120 processor and 8GB DDR3 for a steal.  (I already had everything else I needed to build the rig)  That's a rock solid board and I love those AMD FX processors for CGI rendering.   8)  Before going totally Linux and switching to Blender, mine was ripping through some animations in Lightwave earlier this year and last year.

Though, I've never had any issue installing Nvidia drivers unless I don't use the built-in "Additional Drivers" tool.  Did you use that or do a manual install?

I like to keep an eye on this section of Tiger Direct ;) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=11978&Nav=|c:11973|m:66|&Sort=3&Recs=10

Some really good, cheap kits show up from time to time.
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2015, 12:36:31 am »
I used to keep an eye on that section as well.  You can get some really good deals buying their barebones kits.