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Old 07-19-2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Talking ATI Radeon 9800XT... Success!

Ok, I know I'm not the only one who had luck with my 9800XT, but I just want to share the simple solution with all those looking for it. It's as simple as 1-2-3...

Go to

Now go to Linux Drivers. Next choose Radeon 8500 and higher, and download the ATI driver installer. Then cd to the folder where you downloaded it and run ./ as ROOT. Then, all you have to do is follow the setup. Choose Custom only if you really want to, I believe it automaticly determines your X-server.

Ok, once again, I'm not the first one, but let's just say, after 9 months of searching for a solution (preferably w/o recompiling kernel. Hey, I'm still a noob in that part of the linux ), on and the whole internet actually, I was pretty sure it was all for nothing. But hey, finally (recently, I believe) ATI has released the working drivers. Now I can play UT2004 in my SuSE 9.3 with ALL SETTINGS ON HIGHEST, without one glitch! Wow! Go ATI! Go linux!

I wrote this for all you noobs trying to figure out a working solution, because I also was once, and I know how you feel... Just let me know if they don't work, I'm pretty sure they should.

Good luck!

Last edited by svinka; 07-19-2005 at 11:17 PM.
Old 07-19-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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awesome man! I can't wait to try it! =D I've got a 9600XT! Woo hoo! Can't wait to try to play Doom 3. =D
Old 07-20-2005, 10:11 AM   #3
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Oh, yea, and I forgot to mention (although it does say that at the end of installation), after that, run fglrxconfig and follow the configuration and then restart. This is the important part. Mess up here - and thats it. Actualy, I suggest you backing up file /etc/X11/xorg.conf (/etc/X11/XF86Config if you have XFree86 x server) and making sure you can restore it in console mode. This is where I messed up on my other SuSE box (it's running as a router and a server and has ATI 9000 which doesn't work perfectly and I don't know why). No prob tho, can just copy it from this one, or just try another distro there, since it doesn't really matter (I mean I do need it to be graphical for multimedia reasons). Anyway, remember to backup! I remember thats where I messed up my first week of linux! Then I had to go back to windows cuz I couldn't do anything!!

Ok, hope it works.

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