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Old 02-19-2004, 09:59 PM   #1
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Unhappy Mandrake 9.2 incompatible w/ radeon 9600pro

i'm trying to switch to Linux after getting another HD in my comp. I d/l mandrake 9.2. but after installing, the Xserver won't start. I tried using all 3 radeon drivers (are they drivers, it let me choose in setup), but everytime the xserver won't start cause of my video card (radeon 9600pro) and so i'm stuck with a command prompt. Any ideas?
Old 02-21-2004, 05:30 AM   #2
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That might be the same stupid problem I'm having with Mandrake 9.2 and my retail ATI Radeon 9600se. I've spent the last three days poreing over a 24 page install guide for their stupid VIDEO DRIVER!!!! 24 pages! It's just a stupid video card! I am so new it hurts, but I wonder if we aren't sharing the same problem. You'd think the ATI people would know about this by now. The symptom I get when installing Mandrake is it keeps having "error reading package. . ." during install. I get 23 to 40 errors. The GUI absolutely won't load. The errors are different on each install, and each error is in itself, different.


I hope this helps, it made me feel better.
Old 02-21-2004, 10:39 AM   #3
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I had been using Mandrake since 8.0on my old PC but MDK 9.2 refused to install and run on
my new computer with the ATI 9600 card. No matter what. I gave up on it.
As a Linux alternative I purchased and installed Xandros 2.0 which installed and runs great.
Seems to have good ATI video support and as it turns out, I like Xandros better than
I guess that's the 'fix'....
No problem with video or graphics support at all.

Not to flame Mandrake, but how could they release a product that
won't support a seemingly popular video card is beyond me.
Old 02-29-2004, 09:26 PM   #4
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Yah, I had the same problem. I have been spending quite some time over the past week or so trying to fix. It's quite involved. The best I have been able to do is load a VESA driver using the following instructions which will allow the xserver to load. However, not a real solution.

1. delete XF86config-4 file
rm /etc/X11/XF86config-4 <enter>
2. run video config
XFdrake <enter>
3. move to the very bottom of the list XFree 4
select the 'vesa' option
4. start xserver

If someone does come across a better solution please post.


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