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    Default X won't start

    Hi,
    I'm working on a Lenovo SL510 with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500. After I tried to update my graphic-card driver I can't start X anymore. I installed the driver the like it was described on the ATI webside.
    The computer starts in the non graphic mode. When I type in "startx", I get the message:

    Fatal server error:
    Caught signal 11. Server aborting.

    giving up.
    xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errorno 3): Server error.

    Its the same with both, my standard login an the root.
    When I login with my standard account, I get the same message, plus:

    xauth: /home/"my profile name"/.Xauthority not writable

    My Linux version is: openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64)

    Is there any chance I could fix this?
    I'm a total Linux newbee by the way.

    thanks

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    Fatal server error:
    Caught signal 11. Server aborting.

    giving up.
    xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to X server
    xinit: No such process (errorno 3): Server error.

    Its the same with both, my standard login an the root.
    When I login with my standard account, I get the same message, plus:

    xauth: /home/"my profile name"/.Xauthority not writable
    Do you log into a GUI as root often? Or just to test in this case alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvhenry View Post
    Do you log into a GUI as root often? Or just to test in this case alone?
    Justin in this case. Never logged in as root before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etagloc View Post
    After I tried to update my graphic-card driver I can't start X anymore. I installed the driver the like it was described on the ATI webside.
    Can you be more specific?

    What web site URL/address?

    Updating from what driver to what driver?

    Typically, to recover from a failed ATI proprietary graphic driver install, one MUST remove the *fglrx* rpm and then try again the update (with corrections as appropriate).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    Can you be more specific?

    What web site URL/address?

    Updating from what driver to what driver?

    Typically, to recover from a failed ATI proprietary graphic driver install, one MUST remove the *fglrx* rpm and then try again the update (with corrections as appropriate).
    it was this website: ATI Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver

    what do you mean by remove the *fglrx* rpm?

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    Edit: I don't need the ati driver, just want to use my notebook again without loosing the linux installation on it. If you have any advice how I could install any working driver and adjust my system to make X start again, thats what I'm looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etagloc View Post
    it was this website: ATI Catalyst„ Proprietary Display Driver

    what do you mean by remove the *fglrx* rpm?
    How often have you done this before?

    Typically, before installing the proprietary driver from the site you reference, one needs to first install kernel-source and kernel-syms of the EXACT same version as one's kernel. And also install linux-kernel-headers.

    One has to remove any old rpm with *fglrx* by running (all with root permissions):
    Code:
    rpm -e $(rpm -qa '*fglrx*')
    Then one has to build the NEW *fglrx* rpm using the .run file from the ATI site you referenced with:
    Code:
    sh ati*.run --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE112-AMD64
    and then one has to install the new *fglrx* rpm with:
    Code:
    rpm -Uvh fgl*.rpm
    and then ensure various links updated
    Code:
    ldconfig
    and then create a custom xorg.conf file with:
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial
    Is that what you did ?

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    No, thats not what I did.
    I just startet the driver's .run-file from the terminal (in GUI mode). As i said, I'm new to Linux and thought it would be like installing a driver in Windows.

    Should I do the steps you just posted, or will I make it worse by doing so now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by etagloc View Post
    No, thats not what I did.
    I just startet the driver's .run-file from the terminal (in GUI mode). As i said, I'm new to Linux and thought it would be like installing a driver in Windows.

    Should I do the steps you just posted, or will I make it worse by doing so now?
    Its up to you. I do not know what you have now. I do not know your expertise. I do not know what are are afraid of losing. I started using Linux in 1998 and from then until around 2007 I never used the proprietary graphic drivers. I did NOT want to risk my desktop being messed up.

    My financial situation changed around then, and I had more than one PC, and hence had a backup, so I became a bit more adventurous and started using proprietary drivers and I was AMAZED at how easy it was (doing things like what I described above). But by then I had 8 years Linux experience.

    Of course I probably could have done the above immediately when I first started using Linux, but I am incredibly conservative, and it was NOT important to me at the time (in 1998), and I had things that WERE important that I did not want to risk losing, and I had little time then to debug/experiment.

    This is your call.

    I think it is easy.

    I think I outlined the steps adequately.

    But I have no idea as to your assessment.

    Sorry, I can't answer your question.

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