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Old 07-21-2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation problem installing ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 driver

Hi, the proprietary driver for my on-board ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 crashes the graphics system after successfully ending the GUI automatic installer.

Suse did not recognize the on-board ATI Radeon graphics card, and installs a "VESA framebuffer" which does not allow resolution or color depth changes and Yast2 does not permit changing this setting.
VESA framebuffer works for most things but certain applications like Konkeror display sluggish scrolling and the TV card does not work. Id like to install this driver instead of buying another graphics card.

I'm using OpenSuse 10.2, on an machine with CPU = AMD-64 Athlon 4200+ , Board = MSIK9AGM2 (with onboard graphics -ati radeon Xpress 1250- and sound card) , RAM = 1GB DDR2, HD = 250GB.

After downloading the file

and running it with superuser privileges on a console with the "automatic install" option, it ends successfully with the message "...backup xorg.conf ... and run aticonfig...", then in a console I run "aticonfig --install" and it renames xorg.conf as "xorg.conf.original-0" and then crashes without ever creating a new configuration file. The error message is :
aticonfig --initial
Uninitialised file found, configuring.
Using /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Saved back-up to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original-0
*** glibc detected *** aticonfig: munmap_chunk(): invalid pointer: 0x00007fff14e
b7458 ***
======= Backtrace: =========
======= Memory map: ========
00400000-00423000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1069701 /usr/bi
00522000-00529000 rw-p 00022000 08:02 1069701 /usr/bi
00529000-0054a000 rw-p 00529000 00:00 0 [heap]
2ad995bf1000-2ad995c0d000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428194 /lib64/
2ad995c0d000-2ad995c0f000 rw-p 2ad995c0d000 00:00 0
2ad995c3f000-2ad995c40000 rw-p 2ad995c3f000 00:00 0
2ad995e0d000-2ad995e0f000 rw-p 0001c000 08:02 1428194 /lib64/
2ad995e0f000-2ad995e12000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 131521 /usr/li
2ad995e12000-2ad996011000 ---p 00003000 08:02 131521 /usr/li
2ad996011000-2ad996013000 rw-p 00002000 08:02 131521 /usr/li
2ad996013000-2ad99601c000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 564455 /usr/li
2ad99601c000-2ad99621b000 ---p 00009000 08:02 564455 /usr/li
2ad99621b000-2ad99621d000 rw-p 00008000 08:02 564455 /usr/li
2ad99621d000-2ad99622d000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 564451 /usr/li
2ad99622d000-2ad99642c000 ---p 00010000 08:02 564451 /usr/li
2ad99642c000-2ad99642e000 rw-p 0000f000 08:02 564451 /usr/li
2ad99642e000-2ad99642f000 rw-p 2ad99642e000 00:00 0
2ad99642f000-2ad996561000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 564289 /usr/li
2ad996561000-2ad996761000 ---p 00132000 08:02 564289 /usr/li
2ad996761000-2ad996762000 r--p 00132000 08:02 564289 /usr/li
2ad996762000-2ad996769000 rw-p 00133000 08:02 564289 /usr/li
2ad996769000-2ad9967be000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428209 /lib64/
2ad9967be000-2ad9969bd000 ---p 00055000 08:02 1428209 /lib64/
2ad9969bd000-2ad9969bf000 rw-p 00054000 08:02 1428209 /lib64/
2ad9969bf000-2ad996af8000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428201 /lib64/
2ad996af8000-2ad996cf7000 ---p 00139000 08:02 1428201 /lib64/
2ad996cf7000-2ad996cfa000 r--p 00138000 08:02 1428201 /lib64/
2ad996cfa000-2ad996cfc000 rw-p 0013b000 08:02 1428201 /lib64/
2ad996cfc000-2ad996d02000 rw-p 2ad996cfc000 00:00 0
2ad996d02000-2ad996d18000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428227 /lib64/
2ad996d18000-2ad996f17000 ---p 00016000 08:02 1428227 /lib64/
2ad996f17000-2ad996f19000 rw-p 00015000 08:02 1428227 /lib64/
2ad996f19000-2ad996f1d000 rw-p 2ad996f19000 00:00 0
2ad996f1d000-2ad996f1f000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 563868 /usr/li
2ad996f1f000-2ad99711e000 ---p 00002000 08:02 563868 /usr/li
2ad99711e000-2ad997120000 rw-p 00001000 08:02 563868 /usr/li
2ad997120000-2ad997125000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 563870 /usr/li64/
2ad997125000-2ad997324000 ---p 00005000 08:02 563870 /usr/li64/
2ad997324000-2ad997326000 rw-p 00004000 08:02 563870 /usr/li64/
2ad997326000-2ad997327000 rw-p 2ad997326000 00:00 0
2ad997327000-2ad997329000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428207 /lib64/
2ad997329000-2ad997529000 ---p 00002000 08:02 1428207 /lib64/
2ad997529000-2ad99752b000 rw-p 00002000 08:02 1428207 /lib64/
2ad99752b000-2ad99752d000 rw-p 2ad99752b000 00:00 0
2ad99752d000-2ad99753a000 r-xp 00000000 08:02 1428245 /lib64/
2ad99753a000-2ad997739000 ---p 0000d000 08:02 1428245 /lib64/
2ad997739000-2ad99773b000 rw-p 0000c000 08:02 1428245 /lib64/
7fff14ea3000-7fff14eb9000 rw-p 7fff14ea3000 00:00 0 [stack]
ffffffffff600000-ffffffffffe00000 ---p 00000000 00:00 0 [vdso]

This is the third time I try to install this driver after reinstalling the whole system, and the same thing happens each time so, ... if anybody can help with this issue I will be more than glad.

Anyway thanks,
Old 07-21-2007, 03:40 PM   #2
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Hi, everyone, I just want to post the information on lspci on pci devices and uname for kernel version.

pastor:~/Desktop # /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 7910
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 7912
00:07.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 7917
00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2)
00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 SMBus (rev 14)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Azalia
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Unknown device 791e
03:02.0 Multimedia video controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Video Capture (rev 11)
03:02.1 Multimedia controller: Brooktree Corporation Bt878 Audio Capture (rev 11)
03:03.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

pastor:~/Desktop # uname -r
Old 07-21-2007, 04:58 PM   #3
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Well, I'm happy to say that I made it myself !!!
after a lot of browsing I found a user who could not install proprietary ATI drivers but instead used fglrx package. So I ran and instead ot the automatic install I selected "create distribution package" and then selected "opensuse 10.2" so it created the file fglrx64_7_1_0_SUSE102-8.38.6-1.x86_64.rpm
which then I installed using
rpm -i -v --hash --force --nosignature fglrxXX...rpm
and finally I had to follow the instructions in a readme file: 1) to login as root, switch to run level 3 and 2) issue "sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx" and it worked!!
Finally the sluggish behavior of konkeror is gone and although Yast still says "VESA framebuffer" it is using the ati card ! I post this in case anyone might find it usefull.


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