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Old 12-09-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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Question stuck in terminal mode at boot after trying to install ati graphics update

Hi, im a newbie to linux, i only installed two days ago, and im a first time user

(Im using the new SUSE 10.0. distro) I have been attempting to install an updated driver for SUSE from ati to allow me to get better performance out of my laptop's ati mobility radeon 9700 graphics card, and enable 3D acceleration. I figured out how to make one of the .run files from ati site (drivers --> Linux)

into a .rpm and install it, then upload the profile into SAX2
I uploaded the profile successfully in a runlevel 3 environment
However i did not run the configure fglrx tool in a runlevel 3environment, i did it on a KDE desktop and using a terminal and had an error message at the end (possibly while X was running and i messed it up, or I used the wrong driver, or i used the wrong configuration)

I found the guide here a little too late, it states if i use the wrong version of XFree of Xorg (whatever they are) i am going to get stuck in a terminal on boot...

now my laptop wont load the KDE desktop, and after setting up the hardware, etc on the first boot screen im stuck in a terminal.

[i can give little more information as i cant access the linux installation]

I understand installing ATI drivers is not the easiest thing for a 2 day old, but if you can offer me advice on how to install the driver properly, and help me regain functionality of SUSE (without reinstall?)or just tell me what i've done wrong i would really appreciate it :-)

Thanks in advance!! Tom
Old 12-10-2005, 01:17 AM   #2
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login as root
# cd /lib/modules/kernel-version/drivers/char/drm/
then type
# cp radeon.ko.old radeon.ko
if it asks overwrite say yes

and also

# cd /usr/X11R6/lib
# ls *so*.old
# cp *.so*.old *.so*(the same way as above with the exact extentnsion except .old part, one by one)
then reboot

Hope this helped.

Last edited by philipvarghese; 12-10-2005 at 02:22 AM.
Old 12-10-2005, 12:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding.

I had a go at the second part of your instructions and I managed to fix it a different way, loading YaST from the terminal and updating the terminal, it must have removed the configuration I installed and the KDE desktop boots straight from start up

Thanks for your help!


Last edited by Fezar; 12-10-2005 at 02:55 PM.


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