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Old 06-09-2003, 02:47 PM   #1
lyons
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Question XFree86 upgrade issues


This is my first post on this board. I decided to take the leap and blow away windows xp and install linux, and I have been happy with the decision so far, up until now.

I have RedHat 8.0 loaded on a Dell Latitude C640, with an ATI Radeon Mobility 7500 graphics card. The base install worked great - all relevent hardware was detected except the modem - and X windows was working fine.

I decided to upgrade XFree86 to the latest version (4.3), following the instructions on the XFree86.org site - backing up my current directories, downloading the binaries, using "sh Xinstall.sh", etc. I also downloaded "radeon-20030608-linux.i386.tar.bz2" from dri.sourceforge.net and installed that.

Automatic restart is enabled in /etc/inittab, so I rebooted to see what would happen. It kind-of worked: X windows tries to start, but the only thiing I get is a gray screen with the X mouse and a littel console terminal in the lower right and corner which is repeating "console log to <machine name>". There were no errors in the XFree86.0.log file.

Two items to note, after I ctrl+alt+backspace out of that session, and go to "init 3" level:
- startx will work, but only takes me to an openwindows looking session, with the default gray background.
- XFree86 -configure will not work, spitting an error out that is the following:
"Duplicate symbol ATIMach64PollEngineStatus in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/dri-old.atimisc_drv.o
Also defined in /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/atimisc_drv.o"

I have tried renaming the old dri module as well as the new to no avail. I am basically out of ideas, and am hoping someone out there can help.


Last edited by lyons; 06-09-2003 at 02:53 PM.
 
Old 06-09-2003, 02:51 PM   #2
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# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XF86Setup
XFree86 -configure
Xconfigurator
xf86cfg
xf86config
xconf
ATI Linux drivers
 
Old 06-09-2003, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks, I will check these out and let you know how it goes.

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