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Flash Radeon RX 480 Firmware from 4GB to 8GB

Radeon RX 480 GPU

RX 480 4GB cards are often actually 8GB models flashed with 4GB firmware. This makes it possible to upgrade some 4GB cards to 8GB models with just a firmware re-flash. It may not work with all cards even the earlier models but it seems to be a common at least with the early RX 480 reference models. The card should have 1GB memory chips as 512MB chips are not used in 8GB model and so will not work with the 8GB firmware.

Synergy Server on Arch Linux

Synergy on Arch Linux logo

Synergy is a mouse and keyboard sharing application. It uses the server-client model to allow virtual sharing of physical keyboard and mouse over the network. While it is not as reliable as a USB switch or KVM hardware. While it is not free a trial version can work indefinitely offering most features the paid version offers. It can work seamlessly across Windows, Linux and Mac which makes it an option to use with GPU Passthrough on Arch Linux.

GPU Passthrough with QEMU on Arch Linux

QEMU Arch Linux logo

GPU passthrough allows native graphics performance in the virtual machine which opens up new possibilities. One major use case is virtualized gaming as well as hardware acceleration for certain applications like Adobe Creative Suite. Steam In-Home Streaming opens up some odd but functional configurations by leveraging the VM to stream to clients on a local network. A major advantage of running Steam in a VM is that it does not prevent the use of the host system while streaming. In practice this could mean that two different users could simultaneously make use of the same system.

Install Steam on Arch Linux

Install Steam on Arch Linux

Steam is a digital distribution platform primarily dealing with games. It manages games and as of recently other media like music. It has some unique features like In-Home Streaming that allow streaming games over the network. Arch Linux is not officially supported and there are some issues to work around. Prior to installing configure audio and install video drivers.

StarCraft: BroodWar with Wine on Linux

StarCraft: BroodWar logo

StarCraft 1 and BroodWar expansion are officially only available on Windows and Mac. With wine however it works completely smoothly on Linux. Once updated to the latest version it can even run without a CD. Install Wine before proceeding.

Install Video Drivers on Arch Linux

Install Radeon, Nvidia, Intel Video Drivers on Arch Linux

Video drivers can be sometimes be a headache to configure on Linux. Proprietary drivers can be installed from AUR but are often even more troublesome. For this reason open source drivers should be a first choice especially since most hardware will see similar performance levels as closed source drivers. If all else fails default drivers can be installed which works with most hardware. It is good to have as a fallback driver but not recommended as a primary driver as it does not support hardware acceleration. In addition installing multilib drivers allows installing and running 32-bit applications like Steam on 64-bit operating systems.

Install AMD APU Proprietary Drivers on Ubuntu Linux

amd-a-series-processor

The A-Series APU’s from AMD integrate a powerful entry-level GPU and offer excellent performance and power saving balance. The default open source driver on Linux however are not ideal and proprietary driver offered by Ubuntu are a little outdated. To get the best performance and reduce possible bugs it’s a good idea to install the latest AMD Drivers for Linux.