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Old 09-20-2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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ATI Driver install gone wrong

I tried to install drivers for an ATI Radeon 9550, on SuSe 9.2, and now I can't get any GUI running. Tried to install using thread 2043, post 11.

I did exactly what it said and now I can't get a GUI. It's only text mode. When I run "fglrxinfo" it says
"Error: unable to open display :0"
and glxgears says
"Error: couldn't open display '(null)'"
I'm somewhat new to linux and I'm not sure how to get things back. Also my xorg.conf links to XF86Config and it won't let my cp my backup into the etc/X11 directory. I tried starting KDE and I get multiple errors mostly saying

"xset: unable to open display "" "
"ksplash: cannot connect to X server"
"kdeinit: Aborting. $Display not set."

I think this might be an easy fix but I'm not sure how to do it.

Any help would be appreciated.

Old 09-30-2005, 04:41 AM   #2
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ATI Driver install gone wrong

Hi I have to tried to install the drivers. I have a xt800xt from ati.
When i installed it,it wasted my linux. Now i have to reinstall.

Please if there is anyone with the patients to explain step by step how to install ati grapics card in suse 9.1 or suse i would like some help.

Thank you to all the kind people on here.

Old 09-30-2005, 01:02 PM   #3
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Here's where I went wrong

I found the easiest way to get the card working is to download the driver installer to your computer and put it into a convenient folder. Then "cd" to that folder and run it ( ./ ). If you want you can install the XOrg .rpm and use yast to install it.

When using the installer just use the standard install, do not make a distro specific package.

When the install is finished run fglrxconfig and work through the steps. Leave everything as default except you monitor refresh rates, change those to what your monitor specs are, or trust that the installer can auto detect.

Now here is where I went wrong. When the config finished it made a new xorg.conf file but it did not put into the right directory to overwrite the old one. So when I rebooted I had no GUI. What I had to do was get root privilages by typing

Then I deleted the old xorg.conf out of its directory. I think it's etc/X11/
( do an ls to make sure it's in that dir.)

THen copy the newly made xorg.conf file into that dir.

cp /dir-with-new-xorg-file/xorg.conf /etc/X11/

Again "ls" to make sure the new file is in there and you should be fine.

Reboot and hope for the best

This is what I did and now I have great 3D accelleration graphics. Just realize that you can't use Sax to configure your monitor or graphics card any more. Use the ATI utility.

Hope that helps.



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