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    Question Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    Hi maybe it's one of the thousands threat about difficulty of using ATI graphic card in Linux. And I am just a newbie of Linux so this question maybe very silly. I have done quite a lot of research on Linux distribution and finally I think OpenSuse is the best so I boot from a Live CD, installed it by clicking "Live Install". After a swift installation I restarted my pc, seeing long processes going on in commandline and all of the sudden, my monitor went "Video Output Not Supported". I am using Radeon 9600SE.

    I then tried to boot from the [failsafe] mode but end up with the same result. It really freaks me out coz I can smoothly boot from the Live CD, login to desktop and the system clearly identify the card as ATI graphic card. I mean if the Live-boot OpenSuse can start up successfully why can not the installed version?

    The problem is that I have the official ATI driver but if I am not able to login to OpenSuse what other ways I can install the driver?

    Please help me up coz my friend told me OpenSuse is very sophisticated and worth a try.

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    You can boot into the command-line mode by simply entering 3 into the boot options in grub. Once you do this, login as root. Then run the command "sax2 -rf" and follow all of the options. Then when you return to the command line run the command "shutdown -r now" to reboot and all should work.
    Don't worry, I am just a typical luser.

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    Oh I forgot, you can test the settings out with a startx command, or init 5 command to bring you back up without rebooting.
    Don't worry, I am just a typical luser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mniebur View Post
    You can boot into the command-line mode by simply entering 3 into the boot options in grub. Once you do this, login as root. Then run the command "sax2 -rf" and follow all of the options. Then when you return to the command line run the command "shutdown -r now" to reboot and all should work.
    Yeah I was thinking to do sth with the boot option in order to avoid graphic loading. Thanks heaps!!!

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    will try this out today and see if it works

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    Quote Originally Posted by mniebur View Post
    You can boot into the command-line mode by simply entering 3 into the boot options in grub. Once you do this, login as root. Then run the command "sax2 -rf" and follow all of the options. Then when you return to the command line run the command "shutdown -r now" to reboot and all should work.
    Hi I tried typing in "3" and "init 3" as boot option in Grup but still not able to get in command-line mode. Have I done anything wrong?

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    Hi Benny.

    Basically, if I understood mniebur's reply correctly, all you need is a terminal screen with a prompt. I believe the Grub screen calls it a FailSafe mode. Additionally you may need to su to execute that command. Although admittedly I have no idea what it does. I wish mniebur would explain it to us noobs.
    I'm stuggling through the install of my own ATI card. A Radeon 8500 AIW. But no one has even replied to my thread as it seems either too old or completely unused in the Linux world. Too bad, I would have loved to ditch Windows and completely.

    Rudy

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    On Tue, 15 Jul 2008 23:36:03 GMT
    RudyG <RudyG@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    > Hi Benny.
    >
    > Basically, if I understood mniebur's reply correctly, all you need is
    > a terminal screen with a prompt. I believe the Grub screen calls it a
    > FailSafe mode. Additionally you may need to su to execute that
    > command. Although admittedly I have no idea what it does. I wish
    > mniebur would explain it to us noobs.
    > I'm stuggling through the install of my own ATI card. A Radeon 8500
    > AIW. But no one has even replied to my thread as it seems either too
    > old or completely unused in the Linux world. Too bad, I would have
    > loved to ditch Windows and completely.
    >
    > Rudy
    >
    >

    Hi
    Just let the system start normally, then login and run the commands
    from the cosole (text) screen.

    This should help;
    http://en.opensuse.org/ATI

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    I have a similar problem. I have an old HIS ATI Radeon 7500LE (RV 20)) dual head card. During my first few attempts to install SUSE, I don't get any display after rebooting. I reinstall it again & this time I skipped online update during install process. Presto, display came back & detected my card correctly (RV 200). I ran live update after that & all is sweet now.

    Don't give up.

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    Default Re: Can't start up coz of ATI graphic card

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamerheman View Post
    I have a similar problem. I have an old HIS ATI Radeon 7500LE (RV 20)) dual head card. During my first few attempts to install SUSE, I don't get any display after rebooting. I reinstall it again & this time I skipped online update during install process. Presto, display came back & detected my card correctly (RV 200). I ran live update after that & all is sweet now.

    Don't give up.
    Thanks for the tip dreamerheman. Any chance your card has a TV tuner on it. It seems like a Spooky subject around here. Is anyone actually able to watch TV on their Linux boxes?

    Rudy

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