What was the general consensus then of what to do? Was there any?
Originally Posted by deano_ferrari
I understand that the open source radeon driver is the main (only?) choice. However, as I previous stated, it works but only in 2D mode. That is, the default setting works since no 3D effects are enabled. When I enable 3D, I have issues presented that corrupt X. The last time I tried, one of the settings (OpenGL or XRender) makes the screen go 'black' with a frozen/locked white cursor displaying.
I recently tried a few things using an Ubuntu Live CD. I edited xorg.conf and had some success at getting 3D to work. I chose Ubuntu since it gave the worst experience OTB. Would this edit apply to OpenSUSE, too? I suppose so, huh? I should try it.
Anyway, I can post what I tried. Can anyone give me any feedback on what it is doing and why it 'helps?':
Identifier "Radeon 9000"
Option "BusType" "PCI"
Option "AGPMode" "1"
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Radeon 9000"
Modes "1440x900" "1024x768"