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Old 03-11-2009, 07:14 AM   #1
erickFis
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Unhappy Ati 4870 + fglrx on slack 12.2


Hello slackers!

I've bought an brand new Sapphire Radeon 4870 1Gb
and it works like a charm on win xp.

The problem had begun when trying to use it in linux.
First: The vesa or radeon drivers simply didn't worked. When I'd tried using it, the screen showed a lot of bizarre distortions and grafics followed by a system hang. Ok, so I tryed the ati drivers.

That was a lot of pain to get the ati driver to compile and install: had to get new kernel, compile without dri support and them install ati driver.

All ok now. The ati fglrx driver is running, but now the system freezes very often when going from runlevel 3 to 4, when starting kdm.

Can anyone give me a clue on solving this?

Thanks!
 
Old 03-12-2009, 12:32 AM   #2
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As the system boots to runlevel 4 and hangs, hit ctrl+alt+F6. This will pt you at a console login. After you login, run the following command as root 'telinit 3'. this will change the runlevel to 3. next type 'startx' and post the error information on the screen. Also please post the output of 'dmesg'.

After this we might be able to help you out.
 
Old 03-12-2009, 03:24 AM   #3
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I have the same combination and it warks like a charm ( ok, HD4870 with only 512 MB ram, but a Sapphire too ).

Just try to install ATI-Driver from their homepage and after that just run ati-config --initial.

Maybe this helps: I'm using I think catalyst 8.10-Driver. Never updated since my fresh install of Slackware 12.2 since it did its job
 
Old 03-12-2009, 09:46 AM   #4
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I have an MSI HD4870 (512MB) working like a charm with the 8.10 drivers, VESA also worked but no accelerations is not an option and the open source Radeon drivers still lack 2d or 3d acceleration. The only issue i've got is when using my tv tuner and overlay, but i do not think it has something to do with your problem.

Hope you work it out

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Old 03-12-2009, 10:48 AM   #5
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8.12 drivers also work without a kernel recompile. I am running an X200M with 9.2 but it requires a kernel recompile with APIC and PCI_MSI
 
Old 03-13-2009, 01:26 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by koloth View Post
I have an MSI HD4870 (512MB) working like a charm with the 8.10 drivers, VESA also worked but no accelerations is not an option and the open source Radeon drivers still lack 2d or 3d acceleration. The only issue i've got is when using my tv tuner and overlay, but i do not think it has something to do with your problem.

Hope you work it out
That's good to hear, so I can update the drivers now
Didn't think I've missed that many versions ......
 
Old 03-13-2009, 02:13 PM   #7
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Hello guys!

Thank you for helping.

Today I'm going to try the 8.10 drivers to see what happens.
Like I said before, the lockups are aleatory.

I figured out that even when X works, and I get runlevel 4,
accelerations aren't on.

Here goes my gxlinfo, dmesg, X.0.log, xorg.conf and even lilo (maybe the vga boot options are part of the problem...)

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "X.org Configured"
Screen 0 "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
RgbPath "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/OTF"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "glx"
# Load "extmod"
# Load "xtrap"
# Load "record"
Load "dbe"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "Xinerama" "0"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Option "XkbDisable"
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "abnt2"
Option "XkbLayout" "br"
Option "XkbVariant" ""
# Set the keyboard auto repeat parameters. Not all platforms implement
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
Option "DPMS" "true"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Driver "fglrx"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
Device "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection


See you later!
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File Type: txt Xorg.0.txt (50.3 KB, 2 views)
File Type: txt glx.txt (9.0 KB, 4 views)
 
Old 03-16-2009, 07:13 AM   #8
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Hello guys!

Back from the the front,
I've tried 8.10, and it didn't worked, doesn't even compiled....

The only driver that compiles is 8.12,
but then I get no 2d/3d acceleration,
as my glxinfo tells us.

What should I try next?

thanks!
 
Old 03-16-2009, 08:35 AM   #9
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I have tried a little with dieffernt ati-drivers on weekend and finally found out, tjat the only driver that compiles and installs is 8.11.

Well it works that way: init 3 --> just to be sure
rmmod fglrx
than install ati-driver ( Sometimes it seemed to work only every second time....... )
modprobe fglrx
init 4 --> all good


Just update to current including kernel 2.6.28.7 -> Now the latest ATI-Driver works

Last edited by vbisis; 03-17-2009 at 08:36 AM.
 
  


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