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Old 04-14-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
Sandie
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Angry unable to connect to x server after ati driver problem in Suse 10.3


After downloading the fglrx- bgsmp driver for the ATI (radeon)video card, which was a big mistake, I can no longer get the graphics mode to run. In text mode I opened yast deleted the bgsmp and updated /reinstalled the default driver. The default driver had been working except Google Earth was running in open gl, don't exactly know what that means, and was extremely slow.
Now in text mode aticonfig --initial says something like it's found and there's nothing else to do!
startx after login gives this info at the end: fglrx- no matching devices, no devices detected. xinit, unable to connect to xserver.

Appreciate any and all info to help get this running again.

TIA Sandie
 
Old 04-14-2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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From Wikipedia:

Quote:
OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) is a standard specification defining a cross-language cross-platform API for writing applications that produce 2D and 3D computer graphics.
Basically it competes with Direct3D. Why Google Earth is slow is probably because the driver you were using then couldn't fully take use of your graphics card's abilities.

You should maybe review the configuration file manually and try to uncomment lines talking about fglrx, and making sure that the graphics card driver ("Driver" line) is something else than fglrx -- maybe 'ati' works instead (or 'vesa', it's a generic driver that ought to work, though it won't give you high resolution nor anything fancy - but it ought to give you X anyway).

If you don't have any idea on how to deal with the configuration file, you could post it here. To list it's contents without the commented lines (they aren't needed here, and they just make the file unnecessarily long) you can use grep. To store the xorg.conf contents without comments to a file called 'xorg_conf' under your home directory, run
Code:
grep -v "#" /etc/X11/xorg.conf > ~/xorg_conf
You can then read that file (without comments it should not be too long) and post it here if you want.

To modify the file, use either one of these (prefer sudo if it's available):
Code:
sudo vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
or
Code:
su -
vim /etc/X11/xorg.conf
If you are not comfortable with the vim text editor, you can use one of the others depending on which ones are available; try substituting 'nano -w' or 'pico -w' instead of 'vim' for easier editing (on those editors: on the bottom you see the keyboard shortcuts; the '^' character means hold ctrl key while pressing the key next to the hat-char).
 
Old 04-16-2008, 06:08 PM   #3
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Angry ATI Driver Installer Problem, too

Hi and thanks for the info.
I tried the grep -v...., but what happened was that the curser just blinked at me! I don't know what that means. So I went back and xorgconfig. That has brought the system back up but I'm stuck in 800x600( I think) resolution. Everything is super large.Am getting the message that the default driver is not configurable. I downloaded the Ati-driver-installer and ran that. At the end I get that Detected configuration:
Architecture: i686 (32-bit)
X Server: Xorg 7.2.0

Detected version of X does not
have a matching 'x720' director
y
You may override the detected v
ersion using the following synt
ax:
X_VERSION=<xdir> ./ati-dri
ver-installer-<ver>-<arch>.run [--install]

The following values may be use d for <xdir>:
x430 XFree86 4.3.x
x430_64a XFree86 4.3.x 6 4-bit
x680 X.Org 6.8.x
x680_64a X.Org 6.8.x 64- bit
x690 X.Org 6.9.x
x690_64a X.Org 6.9.x 64- bit
x700 X.Org 7.0.x
x700_64a X.Org 7.0.x 64- bit
x710 Unknown X Windo w
x710_64a Unknown X Windo


So I'm not sure what to do with this.


Any suggestions????

Thanks Sandie Detected configuration:
Architecture: i686 (32-bit)
X Server: Xorg 7.2.0

Detected version of X does not
have a matching 'x720' director
y
You may override the detected v
ersion using the following synt
ax:
X_VERSION=<xdir> ./ati-dri
ver-installer-<ver>-<arch>.run [--install]

The following values may be use d for <xdir>:
x430 XFree86 4.3.x
x430_64a XFree86 4.3.x 6 4-bit
x680 X.Org 6.8.x
x680_64a X.Org 6.8.x 64- bit
x690 X.Org 6.9.x
x690_64a X.Org 6.9.x 64- bit
x700 X.Org 7.0.x
x700_64a X.Org 7.0.x 64- bit
x710 Unknown X Windo w
x710_64a Unknown X Windo w
 
  


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