Ok, First and foremost I'd like to apologize. I am new to linux, and I have googled my heart out for the past two days, and I have found many answers to my question, however I still can't get any of them to work. If anyone can offer something simpler or different than what is already out there it would be much appreciated. Now, my problem:
I am running an ATI 9700 on an ASUS P4S800-DE with P4 3.0 w/HT.
(EDIT) Running Mandrake 10.0 with Kernel 2.6
After much googling and my first linux learning experience, I was able to install the ATI drivers. (using sh make.sh, etc... the problem I had was the kernel source was not available so it could not construct the mod.. I got taht worked out and ran fglrxconfig no problem) This forum was very helpful in doing so. However, now that I have them installed they will not load. I know for a fact they have been installed correctly, but it continues to go back to Mesa SoftwareGL when i do fglrxinfo:
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: <mesa-url>(can't post URL with less than 5 posts)
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.3 Mesa 4.0.4
I read elsewhere that this can be caused by improper selection of resolution. So I ran fglrxconfig several times, trying various resolutions and settings, but to no avail. No matter what i do it is still going to Mesa. I also read somewhere that I can do "insmod" to get it to load the ATI module manually, but I am new to linux so I don't know how to do this, or what exactly it does. I also read that doing this won't load it automatically.
I also read somewhere that deleting the Mesa library altogether would do teh trick, but I don't trust my linux skills enough to do so. I checked the ATI support page, and they suggested I do rpm -e on the mesa library. But since i had already rpm -Uh --force the ATI drivers, this package didn't exist. It doesn't seem logical to me that it is using a package that doesn't exist.
Any insight would be helpful, even something I could google myself would be appreciated.