My Radeon discrete graphic in my old Dell Vostro 3350 notebook is problematic. With Windows, it will auto-reboot after logon in a few seconds. With Fedora, it will reboot once I run Firefox with “Launch with Discrete Graphic Card”.
As long as Discrete Graphic is not in use, Fedora runs reasonably well.
How can I disable the radeon discrete graphics (such that the kernel module will not load, and survive across kernel updates)?
I tried to follow https://access.redhat.com/solutions/41278 , but not sure which one will work for Fedora 35.
Hi, there should be two driver available for AMD GPU,
radeon (old version). To remove permanently, my suggestion try first with blacklist it first from kernel parameter to test out. Let say we want to remove
radeon , we can test first with
sudo grubby --args=radeon.blacklist=1 rd.driver.blacklist=radeon --update-kernel=ALL.
If this module (for example
radeon) is part of your system initramfs, we can remove it with
sudo dracut --omit-dirvers radeon --regenerate-all --force. But most likely no need to do this and only need to blacklist it because
amdgpu in Fedora Linux I believe is module by default.
Thank you for the hints!
I’ve done the grubby part, and not the dracut part yet.
How can I confirm the radeon module is not loaded?
# cat /proc/cmdline
BOOT_IMAGE=(hd0,msdos5)/vmlinuz-5.15.16-200.fc35.x86_64 root=UUID=a906530d-fe89-4e8a-9d9f-9aa1d9922a6f ro rootflags=subvol=root blacklist=radeon radeon.blacklist=1
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Seymour [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Dell Vostro 3350
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 33
Memory at e0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at f7b20000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
I/O ports at e000 [size=256]
Expansion ROM at f7b00000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 3
Capabilities:  Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [a0] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
Capabilities:  Vendor Specific Information: ID=0001 Rev=1 Len=010 <?>
Capabilities:  Advanced Error Reporting
Kernel driver in use: radeon
Kernel modules: radeon
We can find it from
lsmod | grep -iE "radeon|amdgpu|drm".
Here is the output:
# lsmod | grep -iE "radeon|amdgpu|drm"
radeon 1658880 0
i2c_algo_bit 16384 2 radeon,i915
drm_ttm_helper 16384 1 radeon
ttm 81920 3 radeon,drm_ttm_helper,i915
drm_kms_helper 311296 2 radeon,i915
cec 61440 2 drm_kms_helper,i915
drm 630784 10 drm_kms_helper,radeon,drm_ttm_helper,i915,ttm
Please also check if you already have
xorg-x11-drv-amdgpu driver installed. Usually there are no need to block radeon driver and the system will use amdgpu without any blacklist.
My aim is to disable discrete graphics - as when it is used (via Launch using Discrete Graphics Card in Gnome and sometimes playing youtube video in FHD), my notebook will shutdown/reboot immediately.
# rpm -qa | grep amdgpu
I made mistake, I’m so sorry. The command should be:
sudo grubby --args=“radeon.blacklist=1 rd.driver.blacklist=radeon” --update-kernel=ALL
--args="<arguments>" double quotes.
You could first remove your current args with:
sudo grubby --remove-args="blacklist=radeon radeon.blacklist=1" --update-kernel=ALL
Or remove it one by one to make sure with
Note: I should write it with quotes if there more than one arguments to be added.
I just tested to block my driver, please use:
sudo grubby --args="modprobe.blacklist=radeon rd.driver.blacklist=radeon" --update-kernel=ALL
It’s make me wondering why if you already have
amdgpu driver installed the system still load
radeon instead of
amdfpu? Is there any blacklist to
amdgpu present in
Recently, I installed Fedora Spin KDE 35 to another old hardware, Samsung RV413. It has Radeon HD 6320. This hardware only work with
radeon and it’s my first time to know that
amdgpu are not replacement for
radeon driver but it’s newer driver for newer devices even though the newer devices most of the time can also run with
Thank you very much for looking into this, @oprizal .
Just reformat that old Dell Vostro 3350 and start from fresh with Fedora Workstation-33.
Before running this change, my Vostro is working as long as I do not do “Launch with Discrete Graphics Card”.
Once I run it and reboot, the Vostro power off even without logon (while waiting in the GDM screen).