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I recently installed ubuntu 11.04, and after finally getting everything to work acceptably I am left with only one serious problem. In my lower right hand corner of each of my monitors is a unsupported hardware watermark that I would very much like to go away. I have looked up several solutions and tried a a few. So far I have only managed to brick my system (more then once). Does anyone know how to get rid of this watermark? Thanks for any help.
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can you take a screen shot and post what the "watermark" looks like, and links to the research you've already done?
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It doesn't show up in a screenshot. Here is a pic I pulled from the internet:

http://www.phoronix.net/image.php?id=amd_radeon_hd4890&image=amd_rv790_93

I tried altering a script so that the watermark wasn't displayed, but it borked it. I also tried manually updating drivers. The issue is that the ati linux display driver doesn't have documented support for the specific model GPU I have in the a8-3850. 5k and 6k series are supported, but not the 6550d. The display driver works, its just complains.

I have searched here and found instructions on how to manually replace certain files with older driver versions, which gets rid of the red flag. It was for an older version of ubuntu however, so after trying what I already have I am nervous about attempting unverified solutions.
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Can you tell us what files you've replaced? this article seems to suggest replacing /etc/ati/control with an older version. There is this script here which looks interesting. That same script seems to be mentioned here
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Originally Posted by mothergoose729;15297199 
It doesn't show up in a screenshot. Here is a pic I pulled from the internet:

http://www.phoronix.net/image.php?id=amd_radeon_hd4890&image=amd_rv790_93

I tried altering a script so that the watermark wasn't displayed, but it borked it. I also tried manually updating drivers. The issue is that the ati linux display driver doesn't have documented support for the specific model GPU I have in the a8-3850. 5k and 6k series are supported, but not the 6550d. The display driver works, its just complains.

I have searched here and found instructions on how to manually replace certain files with older driver versions, which gets rid of the red flag. It was for an older version of ubuntu however, so after trying what I already have I am nervous about attempting unverified solutions.

ah i didn't even noticed you were running an apu frown.gif...yeah ati/amd drivers are kinda horrid, i've read plenty they fixed these issues in the later versions of the kernel, you can try a backport of the 3.0 kernel or update to 11.10.
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Originally Posted by transhour;15297682 
ah i didn't even noticed you were running an apu frown.gif...yeah ati/amd drivers are kinda horrid, i've read plenty they fixed these issues in the later versions of the kernel, you can try a backport of the 3.0 kernel or update to 11.10.

Can you link to any documentation on the subject? I have also heard to try 11.10, but I just thought those were empty words. Will there be a new generic display driver that addresses my issues?
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This has got to be the most pathetic warning message of all time. Something isn't officially supported, so rather than showing a one-off popup or even a nagging warning every time you boot, we're going to permanently watermark your display.
    
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Can you link to any documentation on the subject? I have also heard to try 11.10, but I just thought those were empty words. Will there be a new generic display driver that addresses my issues?

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTUwNw

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=amd_a83850_graphics&num=1

there are also a few other members here and on other sites that have said they have a apu, and they had to go the 3.0 kernel of their distro. you don't actually need to upgrade to 11.10, you just update the kernel in 11.04 to 3.0 (you don't need to compile it yourself), there are several ppa's or packages already available that will install it for you.
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Ok, how exactly does one install kernel 3.0.... because I googled, followed the very simple direction... and it killed Ubuntu. Again. This is like the 4th time I have killed the OS trying to fix this pretty simple problem.
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32bit or 64 bit?
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