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Old 10-06-2003, 10:36 AM   #1
prctom
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Exclamation Help!! X restart due to faulty installation steps of radeon9200 and misconfiguration


Last weekend I built another PC,assembled in almost similar array of hardwares as last time, which's following:EPOX-8RDA3G plus ATI Radeon9200(AGP8X).

Having installed with Mandrake linux 9.1(3 cds, Bamboo edition) ,I downloaded "fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-1.2.0.i586.rpm" file from ATI's website and tried to install driver to ATI Radeon9200,
I started with foollowing command and carry on its instruction:
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rpm -i --force .rpm
.............................................
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then Run fglrxconfig to configure XFree86 installation and
Responded to the questions of the fglrxconfig program
, Saved the settings to /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.

Once I tried to start KDE/X server again, always failed after many attemps of reconfig-fglrx. it showed:"no screen found"

Could anybody kindly help me out and grasp my desktop/monitor back? as indeed I'm not familia with those lines of linux commands.......
By the way ,the current monitor model is
"Nanao flexscan 340i-w", under win98se I set it as "800x600"/100hz (refresh rate).
is it possible to apply ithis setting under Mandrake linux 9.1?100hz 's healthy for eyes....................

Best Regards!

Tom
(e-mail: shew@hotpo.com)
6/10/2003...
 
Old 10-07-2003, 04:25 AM   #2
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I had nearly the same problem with nvidia driver.
I solved it by reverting to default nvidia driver in XF86Config-4 (replace driver "nvidia" by driver "nv", which is the non accelerated driver).
Maybe it can work for you. Try as well to find an XF86Config-4.old in /etc/X11 to help revert to your previous configuration.
 
Old 10-09-2003, 09:12 AM   #3
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Arrow articulate your success tips

Hi!Ben,

Under "XF86Config-4" in my PC , the driver "nvidia" wasn't found at all , how could I replace driver "nvidia" by driver "nv"?

Could you give your installation process of ATI Radeon 9200SE step by step in more articulated manner? as I 'm new and not familiar with those linux command .

Apparently, KDE/X is back to normal by chosing the right setting of mouse under command "mcc" , althoght I had many attemps of instalation of binary driver from ATI and the only driver working is STILL Vesa.


Firstly I typed in console 'uname -a' and note the kernel version number and write this down!
2.go back into the mandrake GUI and go to Control Center, Software, Add RPM software.
3. search ALPHABETICALLY for 'kernel-source' and find the matching version number in first step . Select that version and install it.
4. after installing, go back to KONSOLE to the ATI driver file and type 'rpm -i --force <file name>.rpm'
5. it did its thing and saw a bunch of text that made no sense.
6.typed 'fglrxconfig' in the KONSOLE and went through the text based set up.

Here's screen-shot of it as following:
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root@localhost tmp]# rpm -i --force fglrx-glc22-4.3.0-3.2.5.i586.rpm
*** 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.
(see readme.txt for more details.)

As of now you can still run your XServer in 2D, but hardware acclerated
OpenGL will not work and 2D graphics will lack performance.

failed.
*** Found kernel module build environment, generating kernel module now.
ATI module generator V 2.0
==========================
probing for VMA API version...
cleaning...
patching 'highmem.h'...
skipping patch for 'drmP.h', not needed
skipping patch for 'drm_os_linux.h', not needed
doing script based build for kernel 2.4.x and similar
compiling 'agpgart_be.c'...
compiling 'agp3.c'...
compiling 'i7505-agp.c'...
compiling 'nvidia-agp.c'...
compiling 'firegl_public.c'...
linking of fglrx kernel module...
duplicating results into driver repository...
done.
==============================
- creating symlink
- recreating module dependency list
- trying a sample load of the kernel module
Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license - Proprietary. (C) 2002 - ATI Technologies, Starnberg, GERMANY
See http://www.tux.org/lkml/#export-tainted for information about tainted modules
/lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
modprobe: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o failed
modprobe: insmod fglrx failed
failed.
Installed: qt3 (gcc 3.2) based control panel application
===
ATI display drivers successfully installed
please run 'fglrxconfig' now
===
[root@localhost tmp]#

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Could you give your installation process of ATI Radeon 9200SE step by step ? as I 'm not familiar with those linux command .


Expecting your Prompt reply ASAP!

Best Regards!


Tom
9/10/2003...............21:00

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Old 10-09-2003, 09:47 AM   #4
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well, I do not have an ATI Radeon 9200, I have a nVidia GeForce4 MX440. My problem was nearly the same as yours (no screen found by X).

With nvidia there's a way to revert to previous driver (the GPL one is "nv", whereas the "nvidia" driver is proprietary), hopefully it will be the same for you : you'll have to adapt though

Look for an XF86Config-4.old... line "driver" : if it has a different name than your current XF86Config-4, you may apply the same "trick". Otherwise, you have to succeed to compile your new version or find another way to revert.

> the only driver working is STILL Vesa.
so you've found your way to revert

> 4. after installing, go back to KONSOLE to the ATI driver file and type 'rpm -i --force <file name>.rpm'
I would not use --force : let rpm find required dependancies, otherwise you won't know what's required to make it work. Not using --force gives you a chance to identify what you've missed before to compile successfully.

> 5. it did its thing and saw a bunch of text that made no sense.
As long as there are no errors, that's ok.
If there are errors or warning, you should copy/paste them to identify what may have gone wrong.

> 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.
> (see readme.txt for more details.)
did you follow these advices ? not using rpm -i --force may have warned you before of this dependancy ?

> Warning: loading /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o will taint the kernel: non-GPL license
you can ignore this warning (follow link to know the reason why)

> /lib/modules/2.4.21-0.13mdk/kernel/drivers/char/drm/fglrx.o: init_module: No such device
> Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
> You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
Can you provide the relevant lines to diagnose (make a selection !) ?

> failed.
> ATI display drivers successfully installed
this installer is a liar...

Hint : restart installation.
rpm -e [files_installed_by_force].rpm
then
rpm -ivh [previously_installed_files].rpm
and follow the hints that are given you at each step : a warning may not be worth worrying about (it depends), an error is a stopper.

Good luck ! As I've no practical experience with your driver, I hope someone may have done it before successfully to help you more (at least reread the documentation to be sure you had not overlooked some steps before).

> Expecting your Prompt reply ASAP!
you have been lucky that ASAP is now, rather than tomorrow. Please do not use imperative later on, as I may not be in the mood to help (seldom occurs, but who knows !), stay calm it will proceed more easily.
 
Old 10-22-2003, 04:40 AM   #5
shampoo
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Dear prctom

Did you solve your problem?
I has ATI 9700 and i has totally the same problem also.
All error message were jsut the same.
Could you kindly tell me how did you solve it if you has done with it? Thank you very much.......: )


shampoo
 
Old 10-24-2003, 07:25 AM   #6
monacci
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Mandrake 91. and ATI Radeon 9200SE

I have exactly the same problem. My ATI Radeon 9200SE was impossible to handle with Gentoo, and indeed this was the main reason for choosing Mandrake: at least I can get VESA mode running.

Of course I'm losing the acceleration capabilities of the Radeon 9200SE. Not being a game user, I don't really know how much I'm losing. Would everyday work change so much if I (and you prctom) get the real drivers to work under XFree86?

I also went through the cycle of searching and finding the .old configuration file for XFree. I just keep two XF86 configuration files: one is conservative (tried and true settings) and just works; the other one is for testing purposes.

Let each other know if this someday works!
 
Old 10-27-2003, 03:15 AM   #7
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Hi all,

It seems as though everyone is having the same problem as me.
I to have a RADEON 9200 and I downloaded all the drivers from www.ati.com.
I am using mandrake 9.1
I started to install the drivers..
was told they were non-GPL verified..or similar
I chose to ignore and continue...
then a message flashed up on the screen
saying the lib files conflicted with the xfree files (not sure exactly as my memory is poor, 1st day back at work, not used to early mornings ...)

I think I would rather change my graphic card to a more compatable one...any ideas.....

Im getting Mandrake 9.2 does anyone know if this distro has fixed this bug

thanks
 
  


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