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Old 02-13-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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Radeon 9200 and MandrakeLinux 10.1???

Hello, I have a dual boot system windows xp home and Mandrake 10.1. My nephew installed the mandrake for me and somehow he was able to get radeon 9200 video card to work with Linux. I had to reinstall the Radeon card in my Windows xp side, and now when I go to load Mandrake all I get is a black screen. I have no idea what to do, so all details and any help here would be deeply appreciated.
Old 02-15-2006, 03:29 AM   #2
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The black screen thing ? does it have a log-in prompt ? If so, then you'd normally have to enter username, hit enter, then password and hit enter. Then put in the command
and see what comes up.

You should at least get some sort of error, or maybe even it might start the GUI. If it tells you something about the command not being recognised or similar, then try the command
and then enter the root password and hit enter. Then try the "startx" command and see what happens.

Doing the re-install of the card(under windows), shouldn't (in theory) have affected the linux side. It maybe that your nephew got the Radeon driver working, but didn't set the system to start in graphic mode from boot/as default. Unfortunately Radeon drivers are proprietary, and can be little swines to get working - though I understand that once they're working, they're fine (actually under linux, nvidia cards have better support and I understand that they're easier to get working).

Also, you have the added nuisance, that Mandrake 10.1 (mandrake are now known as mandriva since the connectiva buy out) is getting a little dated. The latest version is mandriva 2006, and if you obtained a boxed set version, you'd probably find that it would just be a case of re-installing it - the proprietary Radeon and Nvidia drivers don't come with the mandrake/mandriva download versions (it's a licencing thing, I understand).



p.s. If you have the install discs for the mandrake 10.1, then you also might just do a re-install over the top. If it's a download version, it should (again, in theory) be able to offer you a generic version of the driver, enough to get up and running, but to achieve the best graphic results, you'd probably have to then find out how to install the Radeon driver. There are quite a few ways round this, I'm just trying to think of the easiest ones for you, especially if you're unfamiliar with Linux distros.
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Poet, I realize you're new, both to Linux, and to these forums, but please keep discussion of any one particular problem confined to one particular thread. This thread is in the best place to discuss your Radeon problem. It is also in the best place to discuss *any* Mandrake/Mandriva problem you may have. (Although you may want to check out a few other sites, like the Mandriva Users Forum. But I think LQ is the best all-round place to get answers.)

That said, follow the suggestions bigjohn made above. The 9200 *should* work just fine with the default drivers that come with Mandrake, unless you plan to do some heavy-duty 3D gaming, or something. In any case, we need a bit more information than just "all I get is a black screen". We really want to be helpful, but you've got to help us help you.
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My deepest apologies, This double thread issue will never happen again, I am very gratefull for all the input I have recieved and I am very confident I will have mandrakelinux back up and running. Again I do apologize I really do not wish to break rules or start problems. :-)
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I have run a couple of machines with Radeon 9200.

Just make sure the /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /ect/X11/XF86Config-4 has this line of the Section "Device"
Driver   "radeon"
Kicked away loads of black screen this way as I sometimes move 40 to 50 Linux from one PC with one video card to another machine with a different video card.

Also pressing ctrl+alt+bacspace can kill the crippled Graphic desktop and drop back to Bash shell to edit the above file.


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