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Old 06-09-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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Location: Southaven, Mississippi, USA
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Suspend-resume not working with ati or flgrx driver in Etch

When I close my laptop lid to suspend my HP nc6000 laptop, it suspends fine. When I open it back up and press power I get a screen that looks like it's frying. I do get button response however and can power down by tapping my power button. I don't have to hold it down to cut power. This is all with the ati driver.

If I switch to the flgrx driver I get the same thing except the screen is all white on resume instead of the weird frying look.

When I use the vesa driver all is well. I can resume just fine.

I'd like to use one of the better drivers for my ati card so I can play some games in full screen mode. I've tried editing the /etc/hibernate/ram.conf file to disable Vbetool and to turn on radeontool with both ati and flgrx drivers but nothing different happens.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
Old 06-11-2007, 03:00 PM   #2
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only thing is hope for better drivers from AMD Ati
may be a custom compiled kernel too helps :-|
Old 06-11-2007, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thanks deepclutch but it turns out that the fglrx driver from ATI was fine, I just didn't install it properly. I thought that by apt-get installing it I would be cool with just typing 'fglrx' into the driver quotes in xorg.conf. No dice. When I checked the ATI Control Panel it listed my driver as Mesa instead of ATI. That was a dead giveaway that something was wrong.

Also, if I did startx from a console then logged out back into the console I would see an output from startx that said the fglrx module failed to load.

I finally got it working by installing mesa-utils, module-assistant, and fglrx-kernel-src.
I ran module-assistant to build an fglrx module:
# module-assistant prepare
# module-assistant a-i fglrx
I opened /etc/X11/xorg.conf and changed the driver to fglrx. I then added (underneath the driver line):
  Option       "VideoOverlay"       "on"
I put this underneath:

 Section "Extensions" 
       Option       "XVideo"       "Enable" 

Then I ctrl-alt-f1'd into a console and stopped gdm, unloaded the radeon module, loaded the newly created fglrx module and started gdm again.

I'm now able to suspend-resume on my nc6000 just as fast as my wife's new Core2Duo iMac does. Plus I can now easily use multiple displays which gives me a lot more nice things to show people that my GNU/Linux system can do.

I hope this helps someone else who's having trouble with this. If you have any questions about it please pm me as I may not be checking this thread frequently.

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