More than one external monitor not supported

Bug #1698778 reported by Theron Muller on 2017-06-19
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xserver-xorg-video-ati (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 17.04 and on trying to connect more than one external monitor, the system either goes to a black screen (recoverable from a system terminal) or will switch on one external monitor but not both. This was working with the ati proprietary drivers in 16.10, but these appear not to be supported in 17.04.

This is the what I think is the relevant output of dmesg | egrep 'drm|radeon' (the errors that come up after I try to connect a second external monitor):
[ 557.739832] [drm:atombios_crtc_mode_fixup [radeon]] *ERROR* unable to allocate a PPLL
[ 557.739850] [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config [drm_kms_helper]] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:40:crtc-2]
[ 584.375631] [drm:atombios_crtc_mode_fixup [radeon]] *ERROR* unable to allocate a PPLL
[ 584.375651] [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config [drm_kms_helper]] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:40:crtc-2]
[ 589.582640] [drm:atombios_crtc_mode_fixup [radeon]] *ERROR* unable to allocate a PPLL
[ 589.582656] [drm:drm_crtc_helper_set_config [drm_kms_helper]] *ERROR* failed to set mode on [CRTC:40:crtc-2]

I've replicated the error with a totally new user account, so it doesn't appear to be an old account settings problem.

Any advice would be welcome.

xserver-xorg-video-radeon:
  Installed: 1:7.9.0-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 1:7.9.0-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 1:7.9.0-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Theron Muller (theron) on 2017-06-19
affects: nvidia-graphics-drivers-361 (Ubuntu) → xserver-xorg-video-ati (Ubuntu)
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