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    I just recently switched to the GNOME desktop from KDE. I have an ATI Radeon HD 5700 card. Now, on the KDE desktop I downloaded the driver, and ran the installation program via the terminal. Reboot. Everything worked fine.

    When I switched to GNOME I noticed the same sluggish display problems. So I installed the driver in the exact same manner. But for some reason it seems as though nothing has changed.

    My problem is thus: I can literally see the pages loading any time I scroll up or down. The only word I have for it is sluggish. If anything it got worse after I installed the driver. I've searched, but between the performance hit and the lack of a concise manner with which to state this problem, I have turned up nothing.

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    The desktop should have nothing to do with it
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    Then what could it be? Because the problems I'm having now went away in KDE when I installed the driver. Also, I did look to make sure that I installed the correct version using the 'uname -a' command.

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    Certainly it sounds like it's as if the driver is not installed
    As su - what do you get for this

    hwinfo --gfxcard
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    I ran the commands. Here is the output. Doesn't seem like the card I have is recognized.

    Code:
    35: PCI 300.0: 0300 VGA compatible controller (VGA)             
      [Created at pci.318]
      UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_1002_68b8
      Unique ID: svHJ.Q70JZn1ddJ2
      Parent ID: M71A.dAMzi+DfV5B
      SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:07.0/0000:03:00.0
      SysFS BusID: 0000:03:00.0
      Hardware Class: graphics card
      Model: "ATI VGA compatible controller"
      Vendor: pci 0x1002 "ATI Technologies Inc"
      Device: pci 0x68b8 
      SubVendor: pci 0x1545 "VISIONTEK"
      SubDevice: pci 0x5770 
      Memory Range: 0xd0000000-0xdfffffff (rw,prefetchable)
      Memory Range: 0xf2fc0000-0xf2fdffff (rw,non-prefetchable)
      I/O Ports: 0x8e00-0x8eff (rw)
      Memory Range: 0xf2fa0000-0xf2fbffff (ro,prefetchable,disabled)
      IRQ: 255 (no events)
      I/O Ports: 0x3c0-0x3df (rw)
      Module Alias: "pci:v00001002d000068B8sv00001545sd00005770bc03sc00i00"
      Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
      Attached to: #11 (PCI bridge)
    
    Primary display adapter: #35

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    I'm reading through it now. I looked at the man file for the radeonHD driver that is supposed to come with openSUSE. I didn't see my card (5770) listed at all.

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    Terribly sorry for the double post.

    Ok, so I have tried

    Code:
    aticonfig --initial
    As well as the Sax2 method listed in the link you sent me. Still no success. I then did a Google search of my specific card. I found this post.

    How to install ATI Radeon HD 5770 Driver

    After following the link to the guide, and then being linked again to the AMD website I find that the drop down boxes to specify what type of hardware I have do not work. They are completely empty of any sort of text or options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misanthropy View Post
    Terribly sorry for the double post.

    Ok, so I have tried

    Code:
    aticonfig --initial
    As well as the Sax2 method listed in the link you sent me. Still no success. I then did a Google search of my specific card. I found this post.

    How to install ATI Radeon HD 5770 Driver

    After following the link to the guide, and then being linked again to the AMD website I find that the drop down boxes to specify what type of hardware I have do not work. They are completely empty of any sort of text or options
    I'm not sure I would take that as a sign that they do not or will not work.
    And I'm a nVidia man, never had ATI, so I ain't much use.
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    Ok, this is really odd. I followed the steps in this guide. I tried the same thing on KDE, and encountered the same error; gcc make could not build the rpm package. So I was unable to complete the step where I had to enter the code

    Code:
    sh installer.sh --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE112-IA32
    I was never able to enter anything after that. But anyway, I tried again with GNOME, encountered the same error and rebooted. I then re-installed the ATI driver that I downloaded (third time that I have done so, mind you), entered
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial -f
    and received this error message

    Code:
    Uninitialised file found, configuring.
    Using /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Saved back-up to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.fglrx-3
    aticonfig: Writing to '/etc/X11/xorg.conf' failed. Bad file descriptor.
    HOWEVER, the card is working. I no longer get slowdown when I scroll web pages, and the GNOME windows actually fade in and out. What's more, I can see some actual desktop effects occurring.

    Now, I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, but one of the main reasons I switched to Linux was to understand. Does anyone have any idea what happened, and could they please explain?

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