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I reinstall the Ati driver, but by the installer not compiling a package.
At first I reboot and get a kernel panic, using Slackware dvd I enter my system and rebuild initrd and ran lilo.
New reboot an now it's fine with proper drivers, it's surreal :$
I always before I build the fglrx packages, I run "xorgsetup" to have a nice sane default /etc/X11/xorg.conf . After i install the fglrx package then i ati-config --initial this seems to work for me. YMMV
I had a similar problem with ati 11.4. Build, install and aticonfig --initial ran without a hitch but on startx I ended up with a white screen with only the three finger saltute option to break out. Appending "nomodeset" in lilo.conf seemed to work for me. It appears to disable all the in-kernel ati drivers, dri etc stuff.