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Old 10-21-2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Dell Studio 1555 + ATI Radeon 4570 + openSUSE 11.1 64-bit + Compiz Desktop Effects

I just bought a Dell Studio 15 laptop and immediately installed openSUSE 11.1 on it. After spending 2 days playing around with various issues I managed to install/configure the graphics driver and got desktop effects to work. Here's how I did it:

Download latest Ati driver from


Login as root and execute the file
sh ./

From the UI screen select “Generate distribution specific driver package
NOTE: I tried opting the first option "Instal Driver 8.65 on X.Org..." and managed to get it to work but the display was very slow and was kind of dragging. So I suggest you refrain from doing it.

After selecting “Generate distribution specific driver package”

Agree to the license and select the SUSE package - SUSE/SUSE111-AMD64

You'll get a file - fglrx64_7_4_0_SUSE111-8.65-1.x86_64.rpm

Now make sure you have the following packages else instal them:

sudo zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms module-init-tools make gcc

Then install the file - fglrx64_7_4_0_SUSE111-8.65-1.x86_64.rpm

rpm -ivh fglrx64_7_4_0_SUSE111-8.65-1.x86_64.rpm

To configure xorg to use fglrx (ATI) driver, log out, switch to the terminal by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1, login as root, and type:

# init 3

# aticonfig --initial

# init 5

It works for me and I hope it does for you too.

I'm able to run on 1920x1080 resolution and using Compiz Desktop effects too.

I referred the section "The command line way" of the page -

The last step regarding configuring using sax2 didn't work for me. I got a blank screen when I did

SaX2 -r -m 0=fglrx

So I instead used

aticonfig --initial

The section "Step 4 - Configuring the newly installed ATI driver" of the page helped.


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