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Old 09-24-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
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After weeks of research and trial and error I came up with (what worked for me) a way to get my ATI x600 video card working. I assume this should work for all the other cards that are supported by the same driver. I performed the install on a DELL 5100 3.2 HT, 1Gig Ram, ATI X600 Video Card (PCIE), and 120Gig Hard drive.

Before I begin I assume you have installed OpenSuSE 10.0 RC1 and all works as intended except your ATI drivers. If you need to download the ati driver installer you can get it here:


It should be version 8.16.20 and note that this is the 64bit version not the i386. What we need to do is load up a generic video card driver and get Gnome or KDE working long enough to install the ATI drivers you downloaded. Here's what I did and you can try:

1.Reboot into (FailSafe) mode and login as root, enter “su -”, and then change to run level 3 “init 3”.
2.Change directory to /etc/X11 and execute “./xorgconfig”. You will be asked quite a few questions but when you are asked about your video card driver you want to change it to the “Generic(Vesa)” one and not the generic ati driver. Save the config file and reboot your computer. This can be done with “reboot” at the prompt.
3.If you selected the right mouse, keyboard, and the generic video card driver you should have Gnome or KDE loading up. If not, repeat steps 1 and 2 until KDE or Gnome loads up and the mouse works, I found the mouse driver to be “/dev/input/mice”
4.While in Gnome or KDE open up a “Super User Terminal” and login as root and enter in “su -”.
5.Note: dont care how you do it just get the ati driver installer copied or downloaded into the “/tmp” directory. It doesn't have to be the /tmp but I will assume you did.
6.In the terminal session you opened enter in “cd /tmp” and execute the ati installer by entering in “./”. The ATI installer should load and come up.
7.Select to install the driver not build a package. Use the defaults for the rest and let it install the driver. You shouldn't get any errors.
8.After you have installed the driver you are instructed to run “fglrxconfig” which I did right after I installed the driver. This will ask you a lot of questions, I went with all the defaults and let it write out a new config file. I dont know if it matters but I ran this while in the “/etc/X11” directory.
9.Reboot the computer and it should work. You might have to re-run the fglrxconfig again to make any adjustments to your Horizontal and Vertical refresh rates which I had too. Just remember to reboot if you make changes to it.

Good luck

Chris Cline
Old 11-01-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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Excellent job with this mini how-to. I am constantly posting a link to this thread. Although I do not have an ATI card (mine is nvidia), the people I have helped report that your posting works great.

Good Job.

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