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coolbreeze7000 02-03-2005 08:17 AM

ATI driver update for SUSE LINUX 9.2..NVIDIA Installer HOWTO... RPM packages of X.Org
Here is the link for all the above:

I had no trouble installing ATI driver (fglrx) for my Radeon 9600 including 3D working and dual monitor. I downloaded the two rpm's and followed the instructions in the READ ME.

I did have to uninstall the old driver because it conflicts. I did that in terminal:

Uninstall the previous driver

* Get a list of fglrx drivers installed
# rpm -qa | grep fglrx
* Unintall each file displayed
# rpm -e fglrx

Thanks to the author of the following website for point me in the right direction:

NOTORIOUS VR 02-04-2005 06:52 PM

Of course I have to have problems.. I have the exact same setup as u... 9600 on 9.2 and the driver sort of works.. but the video is all screwy, and i can't make anything out on the top half of the screen... as if there are lines of video missing or misplaced...

anyone have any ideas? I don't understand why it's so hard to get these ATI cards to work.. I mean so many people have them!

coolbreeze7000 02-05-2005 12:08 AM

Did you run fglrxconfig to select a compatible config for your system?

linuxhaze 02-05-2005 08:34 AM

in following instructions in readme, i downloaded needed files to my home directory and then installed kernel-source, make, and gcc, but cannot locate them. when i do the kernel-source command to compile it, the response is "file/dir not found."

any idea where those files are or what i am doing wrong?

thanks for your info and help.

coolbreeze7000 02-05-2005 12:44 PM

I'm no expert but you didn't say you did this:

use YaST Online Update (YOU) and - if available - select the
kernel patch to make sure that the kernel sources match the
current running kernel

Try doing that before you configure the kernel sources.

linuxhaze 02-05-2005 09:56 PM

i followed your instructions and even though some parts of what i attempted to do did not seem to work, apparently i've had success...

can't tell you how psyched i am that i do not have to go back to windows (display is now 1024x1240@16bit) and that i no longer have icons the size of african cockroaches on my screen.

thank you very much!

coolbreeze7000 02-05-2005 10:38 PM

"african cockroaches" as we say in texas.."you are a hoot"--but folks from africa might not like that comment (i'm still laughing but my apologies to anyone offended)

Glad you were successful!

Hey I have 24 bit. You can't get 24?

Did you notice the ATI panel at Suse>System>Configuration?

dickohead 02-05-2005 11:11 PM

i followed that guide also, however - in sax2 it now says fglrx as my driver, yet the card it picks up is not a Radeon 9600, it is: RV350AQ, and it still says that 3D acceleration is unavailable for my card.... anyone else have that problem?

Bibo09 02-07-2005 05:13 AM


I'm new in Linux and I would like to install ATI drivers for ATI AIW Radeon 9800 Pro on Linux x86_64 system to be able to watch TV. Is it possible and how?

If you have time, please, be specific.


Vlad-A 02-07-2005 09:24 AM

Hello dickohead,

teh README for the ATI drivers explicitly states that you can't use SAX2
for setting up 3D acceleration. SAX2 will in most cases be not able to detect
whether your card supports 3D acceleration or not.

I have the same phenomenon, although 3D acceleration works perfectly.

Bibo09 02-07-2005 05:43 PM


I've followed these tree howtos:

the first
the second
the third

but I still have problems with installing the drivers.

After downloading the drivers and rpm -Uh --force...

I get the messages:

/sbin/ldconfig: File /usr/X11R6/lib64/ is to small, not checked.

The QT base control panel appication did not load in any version

where the second one is explained on ati error page

I proceeded according to links, went to init 3, ran fglrxconfig and after reboot I got the black screen.

What is wrong?

Vlad-A 02-07-2005 10:33 PM


I do not know where you downloaded the drivers. My experience so far is that the drivers from
the ATI page are not that suitable for SuSE.

I suggest that you download the drivers direct from SuSE (below the Link for SuSE 9.2)

Follow the instructions given in the readme from the same directory.

Bibo09 02-08-2005 02:39 AM

Hello Vlad-A

Thanks for your answer.

Drivers were from ATI's page.

I have two questions. Is your link also valid for 9.1? Should I find the right one for 9.1. In the i386 folder?? if I use x86_64 system?

Is it correct to use sax2 for configuration X11?

Vlad-A 02-08-2005 09:32 AM

Hello Bibo09,

there were ATI drivers on SuSE's X11 page for 9.1. I know for sure, since I have used them.
They were working absolutly without any problem.

Here the Link for them, but they are only for IA32 and not for 64 Bit Architectures.

The second thing is that SuSE 9.1 uses XFree and SuSE 9.2 X.ORG as
Graphical system. SuSE used until 9.1 XFree then XFree changed
their licensing model and SuSE changed to X.ORG

Bibo09 02-08-2005 10:33 AM

Hi Vlad-A

I found two links

link 1
link 2

which could ?? help me, but I can't find the right rpm's.

Should I use i386 files instead. Could I expect problems during the installation?

Anyone, help please?

Or just explain me that this is impossible to do.

Vlad-A 02-08-2005 10:58 AM


the fglrx files are architecture dependent. So you can't use the i386 Files
for x86_64 Architectures. If they would be with noarch extension
then don't care. Howver the fglrx files are architecture dependent.

The directories you are pointing to are the ones containing the
standard SuSE 9.1 packages for x86_64.

The ATI drivers however are considered by SuSE as supplement packages

Bibo09 02-08-2005 11:18 AM


Thank you very much for your answers. I'll try to find SUSE's ATI drivers, if not, than I'll try with the ATI's original ones more.

If anyone has some additional information, suggestion or help, I'm listening.

Bibo09 02-08-2005 05:50 PM

In my XF86Config-4 file I get in the Device section this expression

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter"
Driver "fglrx"

I have ATI AIW 9800 Pro. Should I get here something else. Could someone comment what could be wrong in this configuration file that I after reboot get just black screen?

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