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    Default ATI Drivers

    I know this is an issue, as I've seen a lot of posts on it, but I just wanted to check something. I've been fideling around with Linux for a couple weeks now. Just trying to figure it out. I started with Fedora and found it pretty difficult and came to OpenSUSE last night. Wow, this is great. Installation of packages and just the overall OS is very usable and easy to figure out. At least for the most part. I think fiddling around with Fedora helped as well as it taught me a bit of the terminology and get used to linux as a whole. I just wanted to say good job though to all who contribute to this because I have used windows forever and I actually found the installation of OpenSUSE to be much easier then XP and in comparison to my other linux experience much easier then Fedora as well which was a very pleasant surprise.

    So, my issue is, and I had a similar problem with Fedora, I can't seem to install the ATI drivers. I tried the one click option from the website but I got the following error.

    nothing provides libstdc ++.so.5

    I thought about just searching for that package and installing it but I see a few posts online that indicate that this has crashed peoples systems and since every time I installed the ATI Drivers on Fedora it crashed it. OpenSUSE is really running pretty well, other then video playback being choppy, I canceled the install. Should I try to get the ATI drivers installed and any packages that are needed for that or just leave well enough alone? I am installing them for an ATI Radeon HD2400pro on an old Compaq Presario S5000NX 2.5ghz Celeron w/ 1gb of RAM.

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    I would give it a go like this: Use the RPMs, not the one-click, not the down-loadable sources that you compile. The advantage of the RPMs is that you can so easily uninstall them and revert to the non-installed situation. So that way, if it doesn't work, nothing is lost.
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    So, by use the rpms you mean just to download each individual rpm, find the directory it's in and do an rpm -i in the terminal then? Or just look for them on YaST? How do I know which RPMs exactly to install? I tried looking for some of the software listed on the "hard way" instructions but wasn't able to find all of them.

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    First find your kernel descriptor with this console command:
    Code:
    uname -r
    For example I get this dialogue:
    Code:
    john@hpnote111:~> uname -r
    2.6.27.29-0.1-default
    So my kernel descriptor is "default". Other variants exist like "pae". Write yours down.
    You add the community repository for ATI into your list of active repositories. Go To Yast --> Software --> Software Repositories. Click +Add --> Community Repositories --> Next --> ATI.

    Then use Yast --> Software --> Software Management and search on fglrx. Install "x11-video-fglrxG01" and "ati-fglrxG01-kmp-xyzabc" where xyzabc is your kernel descriptor.

    That's what I meant.

    The advantage of this formal method is that you can easily remove the ATI drivers with a few clicks in Yast.
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    Ok, I think I understand a little better. Just a couple more questions. Sorry for being so dense on this. I don't see anything in YaST that reads "software" or "software management" I am in YaST2 would it have a different option or are they two different applications?

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    If you are in yast(2) where you get all the options to set up or change things, you are in the right place.
    If you start yast from a command line in a console login as root, you would type yast and then enter.
    If you start yast form a command line as root in an x-session, you would type yast2.
    Yast is the non gui version and yast2 is the gui version.
    Once in yast, click/choose software-->Software Repositories. Click +Add --> Community Repositories --> Next --> ATI.

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    I thought that I had already added that repository and I aw there was an ATI repository on YaST2. The RPMs you referred to. I installed them and rebooted which is what was recommended when I finished but when I reboot it gets through the splash screen and then I get nothing but a blank screen. This is kind of the same thing that was happening when I added these to Fedora as well. Is there a way to repair the install with out doing a complete reinstall, I've got some things saved on there that I'd rather not lose, or should I just format the hard drive and start over.

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    OK, you have hopefully installed the drivers.
    Reboot and at the grub boot, type 3 to start in runlevel 3.
    At the console login, login as root and enter:
    /usr/bin/aticonfig --initial
    Then enter:
    sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx
    to configure the display.
    If you do a search, there are many how-to threads on ati configuration.

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    OK, again, sorry for the added post. I did do a search and see that there were threads on this the biggest issue with that is jut deciphering what applies to me and understanding the terminology well enough to use things. I did what you suggested and ran the aticonfig --initial but got an error stating that no X-Server is running. After that it tried starting another one and looked like it started the devices but then stated

    xc: sorry could not start configuration server
    xc: for details refer to the log file

    I was going to post the log but I can't seem to find it


    Well all that being said I just rebooted and it started up so I really have no clue what is going on now. How do I check to see if the drivers were installed properly?

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    Open a terminal and post result of

    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
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