RX 4XX: Getting AMDGPU to work in Manjaro Linux

RX460 Woes

I finally found a solution to getting my RX460 to work in Manjaro. Since I did something a little different, I am recording it here for myself and anybody else who finds this post.

While this is written using Manjaro, it should work with Arch and other distributions (some files might be in a different location, though). It should also work with any supported card.

I use nano to edit the files below. Use whatever you are most comfortable with, but remember to run it with sudo.

The Process

First, will need these:1)Pacman will fail if you don’t have an up-to-date repository.

Then, edit /etc/default/grub, changing:

to:

After this, run:

Then edit /etc/modprobe.d/radeon_blacklist.conf (it might create a new file) and add:

Next, inside of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-mhwd.conf, delete everything in the file and add:2)Confession: I didn’t empty out 90-mhwd.conf.

Finally, I restarted and booted into the latest linux kernel (4.10.0-1-MANJARO) with amdgpu support!

I hope this helps others!

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1. Pacman will fail if you don’t have an up-to-date repository.
2. Confession: I didn’t empty out 90-mhwd.conf.

Fix for Deadlock: Planetary Conquest on Steam

This is a fix for the Steam release of Deadlock: Planetary Conquest, in Windows 8 and 10.

Also available as a Steam Guide.

Deadlock: Planetary Conquest is one of my all-time favorite games from my childhood, and when I found it on steam for 97 United States pennies, I couldn’t resist getting it. There is just one gigantic flaw: it does not want to run in Windows 8 or 10 by default. The GOG.com version does, but Steam’s doesn’t; it just hangs at a black screen after the intro.

Being that I bought it on Steam, I am going to detail how to get it fixed, since there’s a lot of kerfluffle on how to get it to work.

What we will be doing is:

  • Copying the files from the PATCH folder into the game’s main directory, and
  • Creating an ISO from the game and mounting it

The PATCH

Navigate to the Deadlock folder. This is usually:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Deadlock

Double-click on PATCH and open dlock131.zip, then copy the contents.
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Copy the contents of PATCH into this folder. Replace the files in the destination.

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The ISO

For making the ISO, we will use the portable version of CDBurnerXP (to avoid installing anything). You can download it from this link.

When it is downloaded, unzip it into it’s own folder. I usually make a “tmp” folder and unzip it in there.

After it is unzipped, go to where you unzipped it and run cdbxpp.exe and select your language:

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Make sure “Data disc” is highlighted and press OK:

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This window may look intimidating, but do not worry. Select everything in the Deadlock folder (ctrl+A is a fast way to do it) and drag it to the bottom left panel, like the image below:

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Rename “Disc” to “DEADLOCK” (keep it in all caps):

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Now on the top menu, click on “File” and then “Save compilation as ISO file…” and choose a destination. The default saves to your Documents folder.

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Navigate to where you saved the ISO file and double-click it. This will mount the ISO.

As long as this is mounted, you can play Deadlock without any problems!

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If you are still having problems, please leave me a message below or tweet at @silly_sina!