Sorry about that..
i got this off of mandrakeusers.org
This worked perfectly.. i have followed everything i have seen on lq and i wanted to share. step 5 was just fixed my issue.
it was a brand new 10.1 official install on a new 80gb hdd.
I have been pulling my hair out over the troubles with installing Ati drivers under Mandrake. It seemed that everywhere I looked everyone was saying how crappy the drivers were and that they did not work well. Well, I finally have installed them succesfully! However, before posting a message on how I did it I searched the forums for some key words. It appears that the basic problems with the Ati install issue are all covered on Mandrakeusers.org - just not together. Here then, is a brief tutorial on what happened. Had i had this available to me it would have saved me hours!
Get current drivers from ATI
Ati Linux Drivers
Read and follow the details and process described on the ATI website for the installation of the drivers.
LInux ATI install how-to
Pay close attention to the output from the installation of the driver - in most cases it says something to the effect of:
*** Trying to install a precompiled kernel module.
*** WARNING ***
Tailored kernel module for fglrx not present in your system.
You must go to /lib/modules/fglrx/build_mod subdir
and execute './make.sh' to build a fully customed kernel module.
Afterwards go to /lib/modules/fglrx and run './make_install.sh'
in order to install the module into your kernel's module repository.
Follow those directions above (or the ones from the output that you recieved if they are different -though they should not be!) Note errors that are output. (if you want you can compare them with the FAQ and see if they are listed. According to ATI these errors do not effect performance.)
If all else has gone succesfully it is time to run fglrxconfig as root. Use the defaults for all the settings at first - you can tweak it later if it works. Everything is straighforward, but be sure to have you Vertical and Horizontal scan frequency ranges for your monitor handy. Your monitor manual/website will have these.
Now if everything went well up to here - your would probably run [i}startx[/i] and wonder why it doesn't work! This is what had me - I had no errors yet it would not run at all.
The Ati install is default for XFree86 not Xorg. Of course Mandrake uses Xorg - so the final configuration file that is going to be read defaults to XFree86Config-4. There are a number of ways around this you can choose whichever way you want - here is what I did.
cat XF86Config-4 > XF86Config
This creates a file called XF86Config and then copies the contents from the ATI default config file into it.
At this point exit from root and startx or whatever you use to start X environment. Run fgl_glxgears and if this works - you have been succesful!!
Note: that the actual file called by default for the X environment is xorg.conf which is actually a symbolic link to XF86Config (this is already configured - do not change unless you know what you are doing)
I installed UT2004 and it is working great! In case I have missed anything or there is something that I can clarify - do not hesitate to ask. I am no expert tutorial writer and would welcome feedback. Cheers!