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    Default Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Hi all,

    I've been using fglrx since 11.3 came out, and I just upgraded to 11.4 today and noticed that my graphics card is now supported by the open-source radeon driver. I was trying to switch, but was never able to properly switch the driver and get radeon running. I've read many of the help pages, but still am unable to actually get radeon working.

    Perhaps I'm missing something, such as not properly removing fglrx, but I'm not too sure. If anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it.

    My architecture is 64 bit. Please just ask for any other info you need to know.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    I've been using fglrx since 11.3 came out, and I just upgraded to 11.4 today and noticed that my graphics card is now supported by the open-source radeon driver. I was trying to switch, but was never able to properly switch the driver and get radeon running. I've read many of the help pages, but still am unable to actually get radeon working.

    Perhaps I'm missing something, such as not properly removing fglrx, but I'm not too sure. If anyone has any advice, I'd love to hear it.

    My architecture is 64 bit. Please just ask for any other info you need to know.
    What makes you think you have the proprietary fglrx driver installed ? Apologies if this is a silly question, but I'm not sure as you knowledge level. No insults intended - I'm simply trying to get more details.

    To show what hardware one has, the following command is useful (just provide the line with VGA and then next 2 or 3 lines after that) :
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    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    To determine for certain what driver is in use, simply post in SUSE Paste the contents of the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log and post here the URL/website where the paste is located and one of our users can tell you what driver is in use.

    Typically the "fglrx" proprietary ATI driver has "fglrx" in an rpm name. So by doing the following search one can tell if that driver's rpm is installed on one's system :
    Code:
    rpm -qa '*fglrx*'
    and if that indicates such an rpm is installed, then to remove the driver also remove that rpm. Note if one created an /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf file that points to the 'fglrx' driver, then that should also be edited.

    There is some basic practical graphic card theory (for openSUSE) here: openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    I haven't gotten the radeon driver to work at all, so I installed fglrx 11.2 from amd's website. And no offense taken, I'm sorry if I wasn't clear in my first post, and it'd probably be best if you assume I'm not very knowledgeable anyways.

    Here's my specs:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5670] [1002:68d8]
    Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device [1787:2294]
    Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci

    I've read through your theory guide, and the wiki on troubleshooting video drivers, but I still can't figure out what's wrong. My best guess is there are some files somewhere that I can't find and/or delete.

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Make sure you don't have any fglrx packages still installed with the rpm command oldcpu gave you. (Post the output if not sure of the results).

    If you didn't install via rpm, then the links in this thread may be helpful:

    kde won't start with radeon driver

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    When I remove fglrx, I automatically get FBDEV to run as the driver, even though radeon is specified. How do fix a file such as /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf, or any other such files which may be suppressing radeon?

    deano_ferrari: The thing that confuses me about the links you posted, is that they involve using sax2. I'm under the impression that sax2 has not been used for several years...

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    When I remove fglrx, I automatically get FBDEV to run as the driver, even though radeon is specified. How do fix a file such as /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf, or any other such files which may be suppressing radeon?
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    It would be nice to be more precise, if possible. Typically there is a log file that provides very useful information. The file is called /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Open up that file with a text editor and copy and paste its content to the web site SUSE Paste and then post here the website-address/URL you are provided where that file contents is now located (on the web) and maybe we can provide an assessment as to whether other files are also suppressing the radeon driver.

    Also, if you believe/suspect /etc/X11/xorg.conf is suppressing your desired driver, then copy the contents of that file to the web site SUSE Paste and then post here the website-address/URL you are provided where that file contents is now located (on the web) and maybe we can provide an assessment. Are you certain that file even exists ?

    Also, if you believe/suspect /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf might be suppressing your desired driver, then copy the contents of that file to the web site SUSE Paste and then post here the website-address/URL you are provided where that file contents is now located (on the web) and maybe we can provide an assessment.

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    ./Xorg.0.log
    SUSE Paste

    ./xorg.conf
    SUSE Paste

    ./50-device.conf
    SUSE Paste

    Also here's a list of the files in /etc/X11 for kicks:
    SUSE Paste

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    ./Xorg.0.log
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    That shows the fglrx still loading.

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    ./xorg.conf
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    That does not look like the xorg.conf file. It looks like the xorg.conf.install file. I recommend you rename that file to something like xorg.conf.install.back. Do not use an xorg.conf.

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    ./50-device.conf
    SUSE Paste
    That has the radeon driver commented out. ie it is not doing anything.

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    Also here's a list of the files in /etc/X11 for kicks:
    SUSE Paste
    That looks to be a real mess. Why not put those backup files somewhere else. Also, your xorg.conf looks strange. Do not even use an xorg.conf.

    What is the output of:
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    rpm -qa '*fglrx*'

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    How do I rename/move/clean up the xorg.conf files and X11 folder?

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    Default Re: Switching from fglrx to radeon

    Quote Originally Posted by seanthor View Post
    How do I rename/move/clean up the xorg.conf files and X11 folder?
    Its up to you cause its your PC, but I find all those unused xorg.conf.something files highly confusing ... they don't do anything ... and I doubt that you remember what the differences are and what each was for ?

    Move xorg.conf.fglrx-1 to 13, and also xorg.conf.orginal-0 to 6 to somewhere under /home/yourusername.

    If you read that practical theory guide (and I think you noted you did read it) then you hopefully recall you should not need an xorg.conf file in most cases.

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