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    Exclamation Newbie! ATI Help!

    This evening I sat down to finish the thing that has been my nemesis for three days straight:

    "FIX MY ATI x1200 integrated video card on my Toshiba A215 laptop."

    -Taken from: "thereapers Personal Goals" c2009 -I Hate this Laptop Publishing-

    I have tried everything I can think of. I have SaX2 -r -m 0=fglrx'd it. I have aticonfig --initial'd it, and I have even smacked it violently in its blank-screen-no-mouse face. Nothing has worked. Does anyone have a Toshiba A215 who has gotten their ATI x1200 to work? How about someone with an ATI x1200 in general? Can anyone give me a SIMPLE and CONCISE guide to installing the driver?!?

    Thanks in Advance,
    thereaper

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    Default Re: Newbie! ATI Help!

    Have you visited ATI site to see if they provide a driver for x1200?
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    I have installed the ATI driver several times. It installs ok but after I do the
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial
    and log out to init 5, I cant get back into the xserver. When I run
    Code:
    xstart
    it cuts to a black screen where NOTHING is visible.

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    EDIT: Ctrl+Alt+F1 does nothing when screen cuts to black after "startx."

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    I did all that including smacked it in its blank, rebellious face.

    There is a very last resort before you burn the laptop. Use the command:
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
    but it's REALLY important to set up the file "xorg.conf" with vesa settings first, before you run it, or it will just do a blank face.

    Here's the full deal: ATI works in 64 bit -- doesn't work in 32 bit - openSUSE Forums

    but essentially you do this:
    uninstall the fglrx RPMs so ati is out of the system
    run sax2 and get vesa drivers going and squared away in xorg.conf.
    Then get a GUI with command: startx
    then reinstall the fglrx RPMs
    then run the special init command: aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Worked for me -- maybe it will work for you. Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    I did all that including smacked it in its blank, rebellious face.

    There is a very last resort before you burn the laptop. Use the command:
    Code:
    aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
    but it's REALLY important to set up the file "xorg.conf" with vesa settings first, before you run it, or it will just do a blank face.

    Here's the full deal: ATI works in 64 bit -- doesn't work in 32 bit - openSUSE Forums

    but essentially you do this:
    uninstall the fglrx RPMs so ati is out of the system
    run sax2 and get vesa drivers going and squared away in xorg.conf.
    Then get a GUI with command: startx
    then reinstall the fglrx RPMs
    then run the special init command: aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Worked for me -- maybe it will work for you. Luck.
    Please explain "run sax2 and get vesa drivers going and squared away in xorg.conf." I'm fairly new to linux and that means absolutely nothing to me. LOL, thanks in advance.

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    Guys, fglrx does NOT support x1200! And it never will. 9.3 was the last version to support it, but it doesn't work with recent X. Now the only chance is the radeon or radeonhd driver. Or use Debian Stable, which has X old enough (1.5 I think). But in a recent distro, there's no way to get it working. However radeonhd works out of the box for me (I have the same card), though I don't get the performance I used to get with fglrx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadeas_moravec View Post
    Guys, fglrx does NOT support x1200! And it never will. 9.3 was the last version to support it, but it doesn't work with recent X. Now the only chance is the radeon or radeonhd driver. Or use Debian Stable, which has X old enough (1.5 I think).
    True but openSUSE 11.1 also comes with version 1.5.

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    radeonhd can be installed from Yast --> Software
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    I don't understand recent posts relative to version support, specifically "X old enough ver 1.5".

    The ATI Catalyst 9.3 page at ATI Catalyst™ Proprietary Display Driver claims support for X-1200.

    It does appear that later Catalyst's will not.

    Catalyst 9.3 also supports X.org up thru 7.4.
    My x86_64 installation is xorg-X11 7.4-8.20.1

    All that said, I can't get the 9.3 fglrx running either, on my X-1250 integrated platform.

    It appears that ATI continues to use fglrx name beyond Catalyst 9.3, which promises confusion into the future; but how much worse can it get ?

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