Black screen on startup

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  1. parallaxbeta

    parallaxbeta New Member

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    I originally posted this on the PA forum, not the titans one (oops!)

    The title says it all really. I have been wanting to buy this for a while, and when I saw it going cheap on humble, I jumped at the opportunity. On startup, the game plays a video cinematic, and then drops me into a black screen, with a chat box at the bottom, but otherwise no interface. Sound works fine, and I can make some interface sounding noises by mashing my keyboard.

    uname -a: Linux chevron 5.0.0-trunk-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 5.0.2-1~exp1 (2019-03-18) x86_64 GNU/Linux

    I have uninstalled, reinstalled, and purged the configuration folder, and installed on 2 different devices (an SSD and a CephFS folder).

    I know that this symptom is rather common, but I have iterated through and combined all of the fixes I could find, but to no avail.

    Anything else for me to try?

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  2. regulatorg

    regulatorg New Member

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    man I got the same issue.. the menu briefly appears then vanishes, buttons work
    an older thread on steam suggested putting --software-ui in launch options but that didnt help
    the game started on Ubuntu 18.04 except i had graphical glitches in-game

    OS: Ubuntu 19.04 x86_64
    Kernel: 5.0.1-050001-generic
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    DE: GNOME 3.32.0
    CPU: Intel i5-4590 (4) @ 3.700GHz
    GPU: AMD ATI Radeon RX 570
    Memory: 2892MiB / 15974MiB
    Mesa 19.2.0-devel - padoka PPA

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  3. lulamae

    lulamae Well-Known Member

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    Please open a new ticket at
    https://support.planetaryannihilation.com/
    and attach your log file
  4. regulatorg

    regulatorg New Member

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    Hey just an update logged a ticket a while ago got a message that they probably wont reply till June

    things ive tried
    --software-ui mode
    legacy mode

    I installed it on my laptop (Ubuntu 19.04, Intel 620 graphics) and it's fine so i think the problem is specific to AMD.
  5. lulamae

    lulamae Well-Known Member

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    That does seem to be the common element between players using Linux with this type of issue.
  6. ripper811603

    ripper811603 New Member

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    I have the same issue on my system. I am encountering it since i switched from NVIDIA to an AMD GPU.
    The game seems to work with the AMDGPU-PRO Drivers but will fail with the AMDGPU-ALL OPEN (MESA) Drivers. Since the AMDGPU-PRO Drivers are not available for the most distributions and is tailored towards special enterprise usecases it is not an option for many linux gamers.
  7. parallaxbeta

    parallaxbeta New Member

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    I posted a ticket, which has had no response or interaction of any form in a month. Is there anything else I can do?
  8. emarkus

    emarkus Active Member

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    Today, I updated my ubuntu and now i have this problem too. Black screen and only the chat box appears. Before, the game worked with the know graphic glitches.
  9. Zappor

    Zappor New Member

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    I can find reports like that in the forum from back in 2015... I've had this problem myself for more than a year afaik.
  10. emarkus

    emarkus Active Member

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    also posted a ticket today.

    by the way, i found a way to workaround this black screen issue under linux/amdgpu.
    but then many othere problems appear ingame.
    so absolutley no point in fixing this
    it seems, that pa/coherent and amdgpu driver is more and more incompatible with every amdgpu driver :/

    timing issues when drawing layers...

    numbus look and feel for java swing also has rendering issues now.
    manually drawing into JPanel also causes some issues when putting jpanel into jpanel...
    and so on...

    who is amdgpu making the drivers for?
    where is documented what the amdgpu requires us developers to do in order to do it correctly???
  11. emarkus

    emarkus Active Member

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    Hi linux users. Great news.
    I can run PA under ubuntu 19.04 with amdgpu now, using rx580.
    And it's surprisingly easy workaround - you will like it :-D

    We enforce using the windows version of PA and launch it with proton.
    coherent ui supports wine but needs rendering by software.

    1. Go to the steam library, open PA settings.
    2. first tab: enforce specific compatibility tool: for example proton 4.2-9 (works for me)
    3. in same tab: start options: %command% --software-ui
    4. I also disabled BPM overlay, whatever that is.

    game works better then ever under linux
    texture working, no black rectangles, no artefacts, fency glowing lights are working...
    but sound is jittering a bit due to my system-wide-pulseaudio-setup.
    but its perfect now.
    sure, performance could be a bit better for me, but i won't complain with my 4k setting.
    performance is better for me than in native linux mode.

    only one big issue: cover the line no longer works. It doesn't recognice right click release :-( :-(
    or in other words: drag gesture isn't working for cover the line

    but middle click drag gesture for planet move is working...

    have fun
    and give me a like if this post helped you! <3
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  12. lulamae

    lulamae Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for that info!
  13. emarkus

    emarkus Active Member

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    windows version under linux/amd/steam/proton does not support ranking. ranking crashes as soon as waiting dialog opens.

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