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i have been ready to just give up for a few years and stick to wondoze, or even try opendarwin...
please, can someone tell me how i can possibly use the new linux drivers for ATI xpress200 ( on athlon64 of course ) if i can't get linux to install in the first place, because of the problem?
i am sorry if this is a daft question, i am a bit of a newbie
really i am just a musician / multimedia designer who is trying my best to support open source and linux for moral reasons, so please don't be offended by my ignorance, and please help me / the many like me who i may be able to help in the multimedia and music community once i get this figured out...
what am i missing?
i can compile on Linux, and get around in a basic way by command line, also in DOS, but i don't understand a lot of code stuff, so if at all possible could you use english to explain?
thank you sincerely for any help
ps: Agnula / Demudi is my prefered flavour, Debian based multimedia distro
no offence taken now i been trying to tell people how to install ati drivers on their linux machines. ok here is a step by step of how to do it:
switch user to root
1) go to kernel.org and download the latest kernel then download the ati dirvers as well V.I ( make sure it is the shell script not the rpm the shell script ends in .run extension)
2) now mv the tarball of the kernel into the /usr/src directory and untar it
3) now link the new kernel to the /usr/src/linux directory by issuing the following command ln -s /usr/src/the folder which the new kernel is in /usr/src/linux
4) now if your system has a config file in boot usually named config-2.6.whatever your kernel thats installed in your suse or redhat installation cp that to the usr/src/linux folder by issuing the following command cp config-2.6.whatever to /usr/src/linux/.config
5) now go back to your /usr/src//linux directory and issue the make && make modules_install comand to build and compile your kernel source
6) after that you issue the make install command to let the kernel install and update ur grub or lilo whatever you are using as a boot manager
7) reboot into the new kernel
8) telinit 3 and then you install the ati driver by invoking the ati shell script which you downloaded in the first step by typing sh and the the name of the file that is the ati drivers including the .run then it will go through its process and finish
9) now the module is built and so forth now so you can modprobe and away you go with your new drivers.
10) to autoload the module you must add it to your modules.conf or in redhat you add the command in rc.local and it will autoload at boot time so you can use gdm and the grapical loging manager that you are using
i hope this step by step is helpful and if you have any question just email me i will get back to you in 1 day at the most
Dear ,' thegoalie' ........ Finally , I INSTALLED THE DRIVERS SUCCESSFULLY IN MY SYSTEM. BUT I DID IT IN MY OWN WAY..... Infact , WE DON'T NEED TO GO THROUHG THE DIFFICULT PROCESS OF COMPILATION OF THE NEW KERNEL .NOT AT ALL...............
The following is the full story how i made it installed........it is very easy and nothing to do with the compliation of modules and kernels and whatever............
I got SUCCESS. I am so happy today. Finally, the efforts of my one month's endless exertions PRODUCED fruit for me.
but , Infact, i had to to make a compromise with Linux for it. I mean to say that i had to install x86 (32 BIT ) Linux on my AMD 64 BIT Computer System then ' fglrx ' drivers installed and worked successfully.
Hey Guys , have understood every thing perfectly. The problem of this entire mess lie in 32 BIT and 64 BIT Distros version.
Infact, ( I talk about SuSE ) in SuSE 9.3 x86_64 ( 64 BIT ) , two important modules are not installed by default which are indispenable to install ' fglrx ' driver. These Modules are:
without these two modules , installation will be fail all the time. And most of the linux users (especially Newbies) do not know how to install these MODULES manually.
But 32 BIT SuSE distro automatically install these two modules in the system by default.
So i installed 32 BIT SuSE 9.3 Professional on 64 BIT system and chased the following steps...........
1. I mounted the ' POSIX ' memory in the system. To do so I added the following line in /etc/fstab file and saved the file................
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
after that i executed the following command in console...........
># mount /dev
2. Then I made sure that the following pakages are pre installed in the system :
B. xfree86 4.3 or Later and xorg 6.8.0 or Later
C. Kernel-Source Package.
D. Kernel-Module for ' fglrx ' Driver. [ Search Yast ]
3. I just installed " fglrx_6_8_0-8.16.20-1.i386.rpm " [ Because i have 6.8.x or later XORG installed in my system ] To make sure download ' check.sh ' file from ati's site and run it as following.....
># sh check.sh
After installtion of driver package...........
4. I executed ' fglrxconfig ' command , and set almost all the options to default except
Hsync and Vsync of Monitor. The value of these two option user must enter himself. rest of the options just press " ENTER " & " ENTER " and "ENTER "
after that reboot the system.............Drivers will be installed successfully.
5. To Check if ' fglrx ' installed i just executed the following commands............
># modinfo fglrx
NOTE: YOU NO NEED TO GO TO COMMAND PROMPT TO DO THESE ALL THE STEPS , NO , NEVER, DO IT IN GUI BUT GIVE THE COMMAND IN ' console ' or ' gnome-terminal '
I WOULD LIKE TO SAY TWO THINGS....
1st .......... PLEASE ASK ME IF ANYBODY WANTS TO INSTALL 'fglrx' DRIVER IN 32 BIT VERSION OF LINUX , OTHER WISE ,
TELL ME , HOW TO INSTALL IN 64 BIT VERSION OF LINUX.
REGARDS AND THANKS TO ALL OF YOU.
I HOPE OUT RELATIONSHIP WILL BE PERPETUAL THROUGH THIS FOURM.
I went through the same crap with my x86_64 with X200 chipset. I installed 32 bit Suse 9.3 pro and 64 bit. Had more success with the 32 bit, but still never got the vid drivers working. What i ended up doing was purchasing a X300 xpress card which the drivers are listed for which took care of my problems with video. But... I had terrible problems with the system clock running 2 to 3 times faster than it should. 1 second ran about 3 seconds on the system, which was a huge problem. The 32 bit Suse distro didn't have that problem, only the 64 bit version. I never could fix that issue and ended up going over to Fedora Core 4 for the time being until i can find a fix for Suse. Fedora had a patch already configured for this problem and all i had to do was add notimercheck to the boot.
Have you had any issues with the time on your systems?
I'm debating just reinstalling Suse 9.3 32 bit since i'm not comfortable yet with the compatibility with software. For instance, flash doesn't work in 64 bit. Yeah, you can hack the installer, but it doesn't insall in Firefox. Plus i use Softimage XSI and there is no 64 bit linux version of that yet.
Glad to see you got your X200 working though. That's encouraging news.
Problems installing SUSE Linux 10.0 with this chipset too!
I'm facing problems with this chipset too. It's on my Shuttle ST20G5 (a small form factor PC) with a 3200+ installed and 1 GB of RAM, out of which 64 MB is dedicated for the onboard graphics. During installation, I choose to disable acpi and it proceeded to load the Linux kernel, but after that I'm faced with a black screen. No mouse or GUI whatsoever. Anyone who can help me out? I guess it's also obvious that the graphics chipset is not supported correctly, but this time during installation...
I got 10.0 by downloading the DVD's ISO over the Internet.
I've been trying for the last 3 weeks and can't make it work as ATI, only works with the VESA driver and X11 does not play video or even start the screensaver. I'm considering to buy a nVidia card and get rid of troubles.
I wrote to technical support and they simply said "the driver is provided AS IS", no response, no help, no nothing.
Bad point for ATI, good for nVidia since most users will prefer nVidia cards...
It is true that ATI is not as good as NVidia. I'd use the drivers from the ati website. You'll need to uinstall any rpms you installed previously installed. I have a ATI card on one laptop which absolutely hates the 2.6.18 kernel. SO get a kernel and kernel-devel package that is less than 2.6.18. I have beryl running using XGL. It runs alright. I am running gentoo now and there suggestions (according to the wiki site http://gentoo-wiki.com/Ati), is to have Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support) disabled in the kernel. It is prolly a module for the fedora kenrel so make sure it dont load. You can read more there. Linux is Linux the distros differ.