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Old 01-27-2006, 10:31 AM   #1
karlt78
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ATI Driver support in SuSE 10


Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone else has had the same problem or maybe I'm getting a bit mixed up...

I've download the ATI installer ati-driver-installer-8.21.7-i386.run from their site but when I run the get supported switch there isn't a SUSE 10 package. I am I doing something stupid or is it not supported in ATI's latest release?

If so could someone please tell me which installer version to get hold of?

Many Thanks!
 
Old 01-27-2006, 10:34 AM   #2
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Huh? Oh well, I woun't be much of a help, but one thing is certain: ATI doesn't care about Linux and Co. You might have some trouble with that. I personally have an nvidia, but have to run vesa drivers...
 
Old 01-29-2006, 03:21 AM   #3
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Sorry to bump this post, but does anyone know?
 
Old 01-29-2006, 09:39 AM   #4
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What ATI model do you have? Some of their models are specifically not supported under Linux, and you will have to use the Open Source X.org driver. I believe that the Radeon 9200 and up are well supported.
 
Old 01-29-2006, 12:50 PM   #5
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The ATI drivers run just as well under SuSE 10 as they do under any other distribution.

What problems are you encountering specifically?
 
Old 01-30-2006, 06:19 PM   #6
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The problem is that when I see which packages are supported (i.e. --get-supported), SuSE isn't listed. It lists Debian and Umbuntu but no SuSE! I thought it may be a problem with X.Org or something like that?

Originally I thought that the latest ATI package may be OS specific and that I had just downloaded the wrong file, but when I list the contents the SuSE 10 package is in there.

I'm sure it's something that is probably quite straight forward; maybe I need something installing? Could it be X.Org? I thought SuSE 10 came with version 6.8?!

Any help would be much appreciated guys.
 
Old 01-30-2006, 09:03 PM   #7
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SuSE 10 comes with Xorg 6.8.2. (Open)SuSE 10.1 now comes with Xorg 6.9 or 7 (I don't recall which).
 
Old 01-31-2006, 03:01 AM   #8
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Yep, thought it did.

What does that mean in relation to my problem then?
 
Old 02-02-2006, 03:24 AM   #9
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Sorry to bump this again but I'm struggling! Does anyone know why I wouldn't be able to see the package?
 
Old 02-09-2006, 08:48 AM   #10
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Bump

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Old 02-21-2006, 12:27 PM   #11
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One last bump....

Please help
 
Old 02-21-2006, 02:10 PM   #12
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i really don't see what the problem is, does the package install ok?
 
Old 02-21-2006, 02:12 PM   #13
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Yea, you should just install. there isn't a SuSE package per se though you can make one with the isntaller SUSEIA32...but, why? Just use the script to do the installing for you. In a command just run it, then install with it.
 
Old 02-21-2006, 02:19 PM   #14
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Hi karlt78, the ATI driver supports SuSE, I'm running SuSE 10 with the ati-driver-installer-8.21.7-i386.run. However ATI is updating constantly the driver, so you can use the latest one.

To solve your problem with the ATI graphic card, please follow these steps:

1. Download the latest ATI driver installer, in your case I believe this is the right one:
https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206....22.5-i386.run

2. Make sure you have the kernel source, type the following command to show you your current kernel:

Code:
uname -r
using YaST download the kernel-source corresponding to your kernel.

3. Verify that you have installed gcc and libstdc again using YaST.

4. Change to root

5. Once you have download everything verify that you're using the sources of your current kernel. Type:

Code:
ls -al /usr/src
The symbolic link "linux" must be pointing to the directory of your current kernel. Otherwise delete the link and create one for your current kernel:

Code:
# rm /usr/src/linux # ln -s linux 2.6.**-**.*
6. Build the kernel-module for your ATI graphic driver.
Option 1.
- Go to the directory where you download the ATI driver installer
- Create the rmp installer as root:

Code:
# sh ./ati-driver-installer-8.22.5-i386.run --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE100-IA32
- Switch to init 3

Code:
# init 3
- Go to the directory where you build the rpm installer and type:

Code:
# rpm -Uhv fglrx_****.rpm
Option 2.
- Go to the directory where you downloaded the ATI driver installer
- Change to root
- Use the ATI installer, type:

Code:
# sh ati-driver-installer-8.22.5-i386.run
- You must choose to install the ATI driver, accept the License, the installer will automatically detect that you are using SuSE, and will build the kernel-module.
*** Note. If something goes wrong, the installer will write a file and will give you the path. Read this file carefully or post here.

7. Update the file xorg.conf. Follow carefully the instructions and insert all the info required, as hardware specs of your monitor, resolutions needed, etc. You can use sax2 or fglrxconfig

Code:
# sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx -b /usr/share/doc/packages/fglrx/sax2-profile
or

Code:
#fglrxconfig
I prefer using fglrxconfig since it's more stable. Many users have reported problems with sax2.

8. Check if you have the kernel-module installed. Type as root:

Code:
# modprobe fglrx
If you have installed the module you will have see the a new prompt line without any message. Otherwise you'll see an error indicating that the module has not been found.

9. Finally check with the following commands, if indeed you have 3D acceleration enabled:
Change to your usert, and if you're still in init 3, change to init 5:

Code:
init 5
or you can also type:

Code:
startx
If you are in init 5 press

Quote:
Ctrl+Alt+Backspace
You should be now in your Desktop environment, type:

Code:
fglrxinfo
so you can check if you are using the driver, you should have an output like these:

Code:
linux:/home/victor # fglrxinfo
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON X600 PRO Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.5582 (8.21.7)
You can also use glxgears, you must have +2000 FPS if you installed correctly the driver:

Code:
glxgears
Hope this helps to solve your problem.
 
Old 02-23-2006, 07:40 AM   #15
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i really don't see what the problem is, does the package install ok?
Hi Jollyjoice. The problem is that SuSE isn't listed when I run -get-supported so I can't build the package. I now understand that SuSE 10 runs X.Org (rather than X.Free) and that I have to download the X.Org Version (https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...2.5-1.i386.rpm).

I haven't had chance to try this out yet, but if anyone could confirm that that'd be my problem it'd really help!

Many thanks for your step by step guide victorh; just what a newbie needs. Like I say, I haven't had chance to go through it yet but I'm going to have a go when I get back from work.

Appreciate all the help guys!
 
  


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