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Old 05-03-2011, 05:41 AM   #1
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ATI Drivers Forget Setting On Reboot in Fedora 14


I have recently installed Fedora 14 onto my primary desktop which is equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics adapter and two monitors. Following the instructions here I have installed the ATI proprietary drivers via the akmod method recommended by the author. If I run the Catalyst Control Center via either su- or sudo to configure the desktops and log out/in to restart X everything works flawlessly. However, whenever I restart the computer the displays return to the default setting of a simple clone. Possibly related is that the system defaults to Fedora's "simple" text based start up/shut down screen rather than the pretty graphical one. I am confused as to why/how this could be happening and cannot find anything similar via Google, though I readily admit I may be using the wrong search terms.

All potentially relevant information I can think of:

akmod-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs
All are at version 11.2 and release 1.fc14. I also caught that the guide was would have me specify the 32 bit version of xorg-x11-drv-catalyst-libs rather than the 64 bit version I needed. I dropped the specification entirely and let yum sort out the architecture.

Code:
uname -a
Linux ostermana.sienna 2.6.35.12-90.fc14.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Apr 22 16:01:29 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Code:
/sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD780 Northbridge only dual slot PCI-e_GFX and HT1 K8 part
00:02.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port A)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port A)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port C)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3c)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h Processor Link Control
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 3870
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon HD 3870 Audio device
02:00.0 Multimedia video controller: Device 1a0a:6200 (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 03)
If anyone has any thoughts, suggestions and/or links I would be most appreciative.
 
Old 05-04-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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did you fallow #4 ?
4. Backup Old initramfs and remake initramfs
Code:
su-
cd /boot
mv initramfs-`uname -r`.img initramfs-`uname -r`.img-original
dracut -v /boot/initramfs-`uname -r`.img `uname -r`
 
Old 05-04-2011, 04:24 AM   #3
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I did, yes. I recall being nervous about messing with that but after confirming it would create a backup forged ahead. However, I'm thinking the performance boost from using the ATI drivers isn't worth the effort to get them working, so I'll stick with the default driver for now.

If you have any ideas of where I should have checked, I'd love to hear them still. I was at a complete loss to explain that behaviour and that bothers me. Even if I don't know an answer, I like to at least know what direction I should start looking.

Last edited by OstermanA; 05-04-2011 at 04:30 AM.
 
  


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