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I want to install Debian Buster or as a second choice Debian Stretch with Cinnamon desktop on a HP Z200 with the manufacturer installed AMD/ATI Firepro V3800 card. So far attempts result in a notification 'Running in software rendering mode' with very poor quality and very slow graphics. I believe I need to install a driver. Web searches on how this could be done suggest loading packages such as firmware-linux-nonfree or firmware-amd-graphics that are not available in any of the two releases.

In the answer for Install AMD proprietary drivers on Debian 9 for RX 470, which is similar to my issue, it seems that there might not be any package for recent AMD products?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because It is about hardware installation, not software. – Isaac Nov 3 '18 at 3:05
  • @Isaac It is not a hardware question, it is about an operating system and drivers. These are software – Clinton Winant Nov 3 '18 at 4:11
  • @ClintonWinant Have you tried using the amdgpu driver as th answer suggests, or is that the driver that's causing the rendering issues? – eyoung100 Nov 3 '18 at 5:56
  • You will need to add the non-free repositories, before you can install those packages. AMD does not release hardware specs, so the free drivers are poor, there a are proprietary drivers, but these can get abandoned when AMD stop selling the hardware. – ctrl-alt-delor Nov 3 '18 at 11:11
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    @eyoung100 Thanks for your comment. The suggestion beneath yours allowed me to get a working system. It turns out the missing link was firmware-amd-graphics, but the quality of the image is not very good. Would the amdgpu package improve things? Thanks – Clinton Winant Nov 3 '18 at 16:30
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You will need to add the non-free repositories, before you can install those packages. AMD does not release hardware specs, so the free drivers are poor, there a are proprietary drivers, but these can get abandoned when AMD stop selling the hardware.

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