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Old 11-24-2005, 09:43 PM   #1
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"X Server: unable to detect"? Trying to install ATI driver...

Ok. Im trying to install ATI's driver for my x800, and I'm having no luck at all. I have tried installing it manually rpm'ing their driver, which failed after saying it cannot update fglrx.ko (but thats another story). I then tried using their automatic installer, and after I start that up it stops in about 1 second saying:

[root@192 ATIDriver]# sh
Creating directory fglrx-install
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing ATI Proprietary Linux Driver-8.19.10..........................
 ATI Technologies Linux Driver Installer/Packager
Detected configuration:
Architecture: i686 (32-bit)
X Server: unable to detect
Removing temporary directory: fglrx-install
It says it is unable to detect my X server. Im fairly certain that I selected xorg during install, although I am not 100% sure.

Xorg -version returns:
[root@192 ATIDriver]# Xorg -version

Release Date: 18 December 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.7
Build Operating System: Linux i686 [ELF]
Current Operating System: Linux #7 SMP PREEMPT Mon Nov 21 23:32:42 EST 2005 i686
Build Date: 23 September 2004
        Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.X.Org
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
Module Loader present
One thing that strikes me as a problem here is that I installed the kernel after installation of Mandrake 10.1, although it says on Build Operating System I don't know if its a problem there or not.

Sometimes I think my system is really screwed up, alot of things don't work right.
I tried running glxgears and it says:
Xlib: extension "XFree86-DRI" missing on display ":0.0".
Also none of my virtual consoles work, when I press Alt-Ctrl-F1 through F6 the screen turns off for a half second and then just comes back as a solid blank screen. If I go back to F7 it turns off for a half second and then comes back to my desktop working as normal.

I also tried installing a new version of X from although after an hour or two I gave up after it asked that I install packages to satisfy dependencies, and then those packages needed dependencies, and then I finally got those installed but then I got a bunch of errors during make for X.

Basically my question is does anyone have an Idea on how to start fixing any of this. It really worries me that the ati driver says it cannot detect the X server...I think that might be the root of some of these problems, although im not really sure. Is there any way I can even check if my X is working right?

I've only been using linux for a week or so and I don't want to give up on it yet, but everything I try to do I am running into constant errors and things that dont work, and its getting fairly disheartening. If anyone can help me get on the right foot with this problem I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.
Old 11-26-2005, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hello. The problems with switching consoles and lack of dri are both due to the ati card (i had the exact same problem before i instaled the ati drivers.First thing to check is you have the kernel headers installed correctly. I also installed the kernel source just in case. It may be worthwhile having the xorg devel packages also, though im not sure if they are required. I've never used mandrake, but in slackware it would not install without them, and once i'd gotten them installed it all worked fine.

Please don't give up though, the problems you are having i am almost 99% certain are related to your videocard.

If you really want to work in the gui before installing the drivers you can try setting your card as a vga compatible card with xorgconfig. Also disabling the frame buffer at boot time may help. What bootloader do you use?

edit: You should also be sure that the version of the drivers you are installing are made for the same version of xorg you are using AND the same model of your video card.
there is a thread with some info for mandrake 10.2 here

Last edited by jameson; 11-26-2005 at 08:33 AM.
Old 11-26-2005, 03:16 PM   #3
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Ive never heard of "kernel headers", mabye you could explain what you mean by that? And also how would I go about installing the xorg devel packages?


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