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Old 07-07-2004, 08:10 PM   #1
jrdioko
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Exclamation Installing ATI Drivers creates problems


This is probably the strangest thing I've seen happen since I installed Linux. I downloaded the ATI Proprietary drivers (to take advantage of hardware graphics acceleration), and followed the instructions (creating a new XF86Config-4 file to replace the XF86Config that was in /etc/X11). Now a few things go wrong when I start X. First, I have Xscreensaver in my .xinitrc file and it usually has a little screen that comes up when I start X, but now it doesn't show up. Second, I can't open kppp (there is a bit of hard drive activity and then it stops). I tried shutting down and reopening X, but I still got the same result. Third, there is a single horizontal white line about one or two pixels high at the very bottom edge of my screen. Now I would assume only the third was related to the graphics change, but I renamed XF86Config-4 and put back my old file and kppp and Xscreensaver load fine. Hmm... what's happening here? The only thing I can think of is that I have an old version of XFree86 (the default one that came with Slack 9.1), and it says it is compiled against the 2.4.22 kernel (while I'm using 2.4.26). I'd go grab the latest version of XFree86 or Xorg, but I'm afraid it won't work with these ATI drivers which are only supposed to work with 4.3. Any ideas?

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Johnathan
 
Old 07-07-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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since you have no replies, I will tell you this. The drivers work with xorg. Im am running 2.6.7 slack 10 with xorg. I would try to grab the latest ATI drivers and install xorg and see what ya come up with. I dont get the best FPS during game play and I heard the old ATI drivers work better so I am going to try them out.. But any ways the 3.9.0 drivers do work with xorg.
 
Old 07-07-2004, 09:07 PM   #3
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Hmm ok, well what would be the process to do that? I don't know what that ATI driver install did to my system, so do I need to remove it somehow and then repeat that install process after Xorg is installed? How about installing Xorg? Can I just remove the XFree86 package and install the Xorg one, or is it more complicated than that? Thanks.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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to be honest i have never installed xorg, I just went to slack 10... I would do the same if i was you.

sorry I cant help ya out more. I can however help ya out when you get to the install of the ATI drivers.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 02:25 PM   #5
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Ok, I'll see what I can do. I think I'll upgrade X before going to Slack 10 as it'll probably be awhile before I can get those CDs. If you have any tips about the ATI driver install though let me know, any help is appreciated.
 
  


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