Configuring my ATI Radeon Express 1100 card on Slackware 11.0
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this is how i install my ati drivers:
make sure kernel source is loaded(says only requires headers but never works)if using 2.6 kernel. 2.4 source installed by default
make sure you uninstall the old ones if there. /usr/share/ati/ sh ./uninstallfglrx...something like that. reboot
okay add tmpfs /dev/shm/ tmpfs 0 0 to your fstab.
mount -a should mount it.
xorgsetup should work and not scream for fglrx driver.(if so reboot then try)
i vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf and mess with the modes and sync and refresh(thats because mine never works with out extra values) yous may not need the tweaking.
try startx with the new xorg(works, good)
open up a terminal and run sh ./ati...yadda,yadda(8.37.6 came out today)
make sure it installed with no errors
okay back to terminal aticonfig(read it)
yeah alot of stuff so aticonfig --initial(no need for extra input file)
make sure it wrote the new xorg.org/no errors.
i like to reboot.
startx and it should work.
fglrxinfo should say ati not mesa if it does. need to add to the xorg.conf
Just the way i do it. All the rebooting may not be needed but seems to work so i havent changed methods.
I followed your instructions to the letter and succeeded in running aticonfig --initial and got no errors.
But when I run startx I get the initial blank screen and I am thrown back to the command line.
The /var/log/Xorg.0.log gives the following message -
(II) LoadModule: "fglrx"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/fglx_drv.0
(II) Module fglrx: Vendor="FireGL - ATI Technologies Inc."
Compiled for 6.8.0, module Version = 8.37.6
ABI class: X.org Video Driver, version 0.7
[atiddxSetup] X Version mismatch - detected X.org 188.8.131.52 required X.org 184.108.40.206
(II) UnloadModule: "fglrx"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/fglrx_drv.0
(EE) Failed to load module "fglrx" (module requirement mismatch,0)
I am getting this even though I have downloaded the latest driver 8.37.6.
My X version is 6.9
hmm, strange. post your new xorg.conf. Your running Slackware 11 without any modifications? you know what I just read the release notes for the new driver 8.37.6 doesn't seem to include your card. Might have to roll back to the 8.36.5(which says it supports your card). Maybe do it again with that driver. You should only have to uninstall the driver(8.37.6,) reboot, then install the 8.36.5 driver(possibly reboot again). The mismatching xorg version i am unsure of. Don't really have an answer for that. Possibly a bug in the new installer.
I have the same problem as adityavpratap (same distro, laptop model, errors... everything, really). I've found a few things that I hope will help...
I get some of the same errors if I use the "radeon" driver instead of "fglrx". Specifically:
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
I've tried a lot of different xorg.conf's, inlcuding one that I took from ubuntu when I booted it off a DVD, which worked fine there (and also used the radeon driver). They always give that same screen error. Oh, and DRI is enabled and shows up in the logs. The only driver that seems to work is "vesa". So, it looks like maybe the fglrx driver doesn't really have a problem, and it's something more general with how Slackware is doing things.
Also, I read (on a gentoo site, I think?) that the blank screen is related to a bug in the fglrx driver, and can be fixed with the right options in xorg.conf, but they didn't work for me.
Has anyone seen this error about no usable screen configurations before? I can't find much on it, and it looks suspicious to me.
EDIT: Also, whoever is getting this error, what kernel version are you using? Could this be a kernel issue? I installed 2.6.21 right away, and didn't think of it, but in this thread it looks like the problem occured after a switch from 2.4 to 2.6 ...
I had a similar issue with Gentoo (2.6.19) and a Radeon 300 (neither radeon nor fglrx would work); no such problems with Gentoo (2.6.19) on my main computer, which has a Radeon 1600... I still don't understand.
Hmm... well, I just booted back into my old 2.4 kernel and it worked! X was happy to use fglrx, and I got a few thousand FPS with glxgears. Maybe it is a kernel issue; jay73's situation seems to support that. One other thing: I was following this guy's blog entry to get Slackware working, and it looks like he managed to get fglrx with the 2.6.19 kernel on the aspire 5100. It must have been a slightly older version of the driver, though, and his kernel is different from mine (he has just about everything possible built in or included as a module.)
I might try using his kernel version and config and an older fglrx... I don't know how it couldn't work, since just about everything about our setups would be identical at that point (I think this would apply to you, too, adityavpratap.)
I don't see any errors in fglrx-install.log. I tried adding that line to fstab, and mounting, but it made no difference. lspci -v gives:
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Unknown device 009f
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 11
Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
I/O ports at 9000 [size=256]
Memory at b0100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at b0120000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities:  Power Management version 2
(I know, I'm not adityavpratap, but we have the same hardware.) I haven't tried those commands with the fglrx scripts yet; I'll try that in just a bit, though I'm not very optomistic, since even the DRI radeon drivers won't work for me. It looks like it all works fine for 2.4 kernels, and always gives the screen error with 2.6 kernels.
Ok, I've given up on Slackware for now. Maybe another time. My last attempt was upgrading to the latest version of X, which I did in a very forceful and messy way (lots of symlinks and rm -rf's). Even so, after this I was able to get the radeon drivers working and got close with fglrx (probably wouldn't work because of my terrible attempt at an upgrade).
I've installed the latest gentoo instead, which works very well on this laptop. The radeon driver, and everything else, works great with no problems so far. I haven't tried fglrx yet but I don't expect any problems from what I'm reading. If anyone else tries it, I recommend avoiding the live CD like the plague, and just doing a manual install instead, which was surprisingly easy.
I have been trying to configure ATI Radeon Express 1100 card in Slackware 11 on my Acer Aspire 5100 Laptop. I have downloaded the relevant driver - ati-driver-installer-8.36.5-x86.x86_64.run from the ati site and installed it. Then I issued the following command -
Then when I tried to do startx, I was presented with a blank screen which refused to go away even when did the three fingered salute - Ctrl+Alt+Backspace.
Finally, I had to reboot the system and revert to previously saved copy of Xorg.conf.
Here are the last 20 lines of /var/log/Xorg.0.conf -
Any idea how to fix this?
I have same integrated graphics card.
I used zenwalk for sometime and had very hard to get working..
as I now use ubuntu I checked how this distro handles that problem:
Video driver for the ATI Radeon and FireGL graphics accelerators.
This version of the ATI driver officially supports:
* ATI Radeon 8500, 9000, 9100, 9200, 9250 (R2xx)
* ATI Radeon 9500, 9550, 9600, 9700, 9800, X300, X400, X600 (R3xx)
* ATI Radeon X700, X800 (R4xx)
* ATI Mobility 9000, 9600, 9800
* ATI FireGL 8700, 8800, E1, E2, X1, X2, X3, Z1, T2, 5100, 7100, 7200
* ATI Mobility FireGL 9000, T2, T2e
This package provides 2D display drivers and hardware accelerated OpenGL.
(as seen chipset is not officially supported)
and from there xorg-driver-fglrx
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon Xpress Series
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7412 Release