Cannot input keystrokes, screen flashes blank
I'm blaming this one on trying to get my ATI AIW TV tuner to work, but it may just be bad karma.
SuSE 10.2 [KDE 3.5x] appears to start normally, all the way to the KDE desktop. Pretty much any action after that causes the display/desktop/app to 'grow' to ~4x the regular size; then, pressing any key momentarily causes the screen to go blank (no keystroke data is accepted or displayed). I can maneuver around the screen by pushing the mouse pointer to the edges of the display. It's like using a 1600x1200 screen image on a 640x480-sized display -- you get to see ~1/4 up close at a time.
No recent actions give me a hint about where this issue roots from. I had been attempting to configure my ATI All-In-Wonder and made some changes to the TV Card profile using YAST2.
I dropped to init 3 and reran SAX2 setup, thinking something display-ish got messed up in my YAST change(s). Going back to the GUI or rebooting gives me the same symptoms as above, consistently.
There's not a whole lot I can do from the desktop as no characters can be entered.
I can copy and paste root password to access SU privileges, and I can do mouse-specific actions.
I can open a Konsole, but can't really do anything ... like enter any characters.
I can startup in 'failsafe' mode to a CLI console, login, etc., but I'm a little short on ideas of where to start and what to do.
Any solution ideas?
Can I provide any specific logs or conf files?
 Also taking suggestions on how to make ATI AIW VE tuner usable.
(installed GATOS drivers; not sure what to specify in xorg.conf sections, etc.)
I thought that I had it sussed ... I found a message in my "/var/log/boot.msg" that pointed to
No luck. Same screwy symptoms. I thought that this would return me to the decision of choosing openSUSE or Kubuntu. But If I can't get SUSE to play nice, the decision will be made by default.
Still soliciting suggestions on this issue and on ATI AIW TV tuner config.
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