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Old 08-26-2004, 05:29 AM   #151
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hi punkerkin,

once you've got your kernel source packages installed as explained, to install the ATI driver, check out ATI's website, which gives some fairly good instructions..

I've noticed you're using suse 9.0, like me. So you should be using xfree86 version 4.3.

I would recommend you switch to run level 3 before proceeding with installation (open console window, type 'telinit 3')

Potential tricky areas -
When you run the fglrx config program, when setting screen resolution, go for something conservative to start with and keep the refresh rates down. check your monitor handbook if you have one. i've had one instance where setting the refresh rate too high resulted in a black screen - the monitor was shutting down to protect itself!

Again, during setup using the configuration program, you will be asked whether you want to use the internal 'agpgart' module - say yes to begin with, but if things don't work, you may need to use the external module.

Oh, one final thing - *do* make a backup of your existing /etc/X11/XF86config file - it will be invaluable if things do go wrong. if you end up with a 'black' screen, you'll need to reboot into 'text' mode and make you changes from there before attempting to restart the X window system (it was this bit, being confronted by a 'dead' screen that panicked me at first, but don't worry, you can recover things! i just wish there was some kind of 'test' or 'timeout' facility, a la windows...)

Good luck - the driver isn't the easiest to install and configure but it's satisfying when you do get it going.
Old 08-28-2004, 11:37 AM   #152
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Many many thanks to all the people that have helped me fill an entire WEEK with getting my 9600XT card sorted.
I think I have it 99% sorted, but can someone help me with the last 100 metres?

I have followed Sirras instructions through first time without success.
Second time, I removed all the fglrx drivers and reinstalled using the newly updated link on the first page to the latest SUSE drivers. When I installed these, I followed the instructions as far as the

$sax2 -r -m (etc etc) line

I then encountered the same error as the guy in post 50

which starts

SaX: /
SaX: -
SaX: initializing please wait...
SaX: including profile: /usr/X11R6/lib/sax/profile/firegl...
SaX: startup

xc: sorry could not start configuration server
xc: this could have the following reasons:

- the card is still not supported. To get
further information about the driver status
please have a look at:

The only reply relating to this was that his X version was out of date, but I think that's just a hardcoded link, as running X -version on my machine gives the following.

XFree86 Version
Release Date: 9 May 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.6
Build Operating System: SuSE Linux [ELF] SuSE
Build Date: 12 February 2004

I did continue however, and included the /sbin/insmod agpgart line in boot.local

When I reboot, fglrxinfo looks great,

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9600 XT Generic
OpenGL version string: 1.3 (X4.3.0-3.7.6)

glxinfo |grep "direct rendering" returns Yes (woohoo)

lsmod returns

fglrx 178952 166
agpgart 46776 20


glxgears is incredibly slow..

373 frames in 5.0 seconds = 74.600 FPS
375 frames in 5.0 seconds = 75.000 FPS

Can you give me some additional info on what this sax2 line actually updates as it seems I am almost there.

Many thanks in advance
Old 02-11-2005, 01:37 AM   #153
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Unresolved symbol problem solution

I know that some of you got error message"unresolved symbol" I got those error too first. Here's what I found out. I am using Radeon 9600 pro with SuSE 9.2. When you run fglrxconfig it creates config file called XF86Config-4 not XF86Config. Now new SuSE 9.1 and above uses Xorg not XFree system. Xorg uses config file called xorgconfig or something like that located in /etc/X11 which simply points to XF86Config (not XF86config-4). once you run fglrxconfig and try to load X system the xorgconfig file tries load XF86config (not XF86Config-4) but since it contains old settings, you wouldn't be able to load run 3D apps or get some error messages. The fglrx may be loaded but not really doing anything. What you really need to do is to rename old XF86Config-4 file created by fglrxconfig utility to XF86Config (without -4 at the end). This will point xorgconfig file to right configuration and it should work from there. Well at least it worked for me. I hope this help. Tell me if it worked or not or if there still problems.

Last edited by warrior003; 02-11-2005 at 01:38 AM.


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