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Old 09-22-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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OpenSuSE 10.0 RC1

I upgraded to 10.0 of OpenSuSE from 9.3 and ran into a problem with my graphics card. My VC is a ATI X600 PCIE which I understand linux just doesn't seam to like very well but never the less I'd like to get it running with 3d support.

Can anyone tell me if recompiling the ati supplement driver provided on Novell's website(that was originaly for 9.3) work for 10.0 64bit? if so, can someone point me in the right direction to perform the recompile?

The problem I am having is the dreaded blank screen once xserver trys to load. I have even tried login into a terminal and running sax2 but that even locks up and I have to reboot the computer to free it up. Can't switch to another terminal to kill it either.

P.S if someone has already put together a new Ati driver for 10.0 64bit let me know please.


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I use the X300 quite sucessfully with SUSE 9.3 AMD 64. Have tried the driver from the ATI site - they have an AMD64 version there.
Old 09-23-2005, 08:29 AM   #3
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After alot of reading I managed to get my ATI X600 VC working under Suse 10.0 RC1 using the driver on ATI's website.

Here is what I did:

NOTE: Before I did the install I downloaded the ATI driver from ATI's website under the Linux driver section and burnt it too CD. The file is the *.run one. It might help to print off the install instructions but I didn't need to use them.

1. Performed a fresh install of 10.0. I didn't disable graphic installation or anything. I selected Gnome as my UI but I dont think it makes any difference.

2. After the install was completed it tried to load up X11 but started to hang so I rebooted into "safe mode".

3. Logged in as root, entered "su -", and ran "init 3".

4. Changed to /etc/X11 and ran "xorgconfig"

5. At this point I knew the driver was not working so I answerd all the questions and slected the (Generic VESA) driver. Not the generic ATI. Use minumal values if your not sure.

Note: Make sure you know the Vertical and Hor sync rates for your monitor and the correct path to the mouse device before doing this part. My path was /dev/input/mice even tho I have a usb mouse. which I think is pretty standard.

6. Once done I rebooted the computer. You can also run "init 5" and it will start the xserver for you but I wanted to make sure all was well and I botted up correctly into x-windows.

7. At this point I had gnome running and the mouse was working fine so I needed to install the ATI driver. I started a terminal session as supperuser in gnome and "su -". I then slapped in the CD that has the ati driver on it and copied the *.run to the /tmp directory. The file name was rather long so I renamed mine to "" so I could work with it.

8. Next, I ran the atidriver. run but typing in "./". Up came the installer. I selected to just install the driver and not have it build a rpm package. I also selected to "automaticly" do the rest. Oddly enough the install worked flawlessly for me(I woke up my kids screaming YES!).

9. Provided the install reported no errors using the same terminal sessioin I changed too "/etc/X11" and ran "fglrxconfig" Note: Please check the spelling. The command name is given and the very end of the install so pay attention to it.

10. The best part of the "fglrxconfig" was it had default values which I used 99% of them. I only adjusted the Vertical and Horizontal rates for my monitor but make sure you read each one. Once I answered all the question it wrote out a new file and I looged out and rebooted my computer.

WAM!! it loaded x11 and and so did the ATI Control Center.

I hope this helps someone cause it has taken me 2 weeks and 3 Ditros to get Linux installed.

To clarify I have a DELL 5100 3.2Ghz, 1 gig Ram, and a ATI X600 VC(PCIE).

Chris Cline

The ATI driver version I used is "8.16.20"

Last edited by ChrisJCline; 09-23-2005 at 08:42 AM.


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