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Old 01-23-2002, 12:31 AM   #1
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suse radeon 32mb ddr

I have suse 7.3 and I get almost to the end of installation in yast2 but then when I test the video the screen goes black and wont do anything anymore. I know for sure its the card, I even tried configuring in sax2, but in sax2 it asks for 3d support or not not and no matter if i say yes or no it goes black. Can someone help, I am sort of new to linux, bought two suse's 7.1 and 7.3 and cant get them installed because of this. Thanks
Old 09-18-2002, 06:52 PM   #2
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ATI Radeon 64MB DDR: no X on Suse and RH

I have the same probl as the user above (quoted one) and I use RH 7.3 and Suse 7.3 and get the same problem on both:
Everything runs good, till I get to configure X and then when configuring it, I get a black screen that does not go back anymore (ESC works usually). Looks like my monitor is getting some frequencies that it does not like (the LED flashes after some time) It's an EIZO F573 and I specify the type in the X config, so this should NOT cause the card to send the Monitor any funny frequencies....
In one config I (with RH and easy install it shortly showed that the Monitor got 200 HZ vertical and something like 150 khz horizontal, so there must be something terribly wrong.

Clues anybody? Is there a fix?
Where would I have to start to try to unravel the mistery?


Old 09-20-2002, 01:33 AM   #3
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What I would do is check the frequency settings, make sure they will work with your monitor, and do not check the X settings during the install. Finish up the install, make sure you don't autostart in X, and then reboot. After that, you can easily test settings, and fix/adjust whatever as needed, but at least you will have a command line working version to mess with, rather than continually reinstalling the distros.

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Unhappy SuSe Radeon Problem with X

Thanks for the hint.

I was digging a little more and found the following:
SaX2 does not show up on the monitor ever and configuring it with X86config makes the whole box crash. I suppose that SaX2 is the right way to configure that bucket, so I tried to stick to it, but even giving the option --lowres does not produce a suitable picture.
I then tried connecting a different monitor, maybe ol' Eizo 563 T was broken and that monitor was screaming when it received the (supposedly nice) 640 x 480 and I had to turn it off before it got fried.
What is going on there? Why is my graphic card giving out such crazy horiz./vertic. output that my monitor turns away in disgust?

Could it have something to do that this is a Video in/Video out card and therefore it does have 2 displays?
(the cvbs-video-display just displays a large green box and nothing else)

I was also digging around in the X config and cannot see anything that would produce these crazy horiz/vertical output-whatevers...

Could this hardware accel. module DRI maybe help?



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