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    Default ATI fglrx video driver install made a mess. How to fix?

    openSuse 11.2
    linux 2.6.31.12-0.2-desktop x86_64
    ATI fglrx video driver v10.4
    ATI radeon hd3200 video adapter

    VirtualBox (any version) crashes at startup if the video acceleration options are enabled. This was not a problem before installing fglrx. The crash occurs when VirtualBox queries the video driver about OpenGL, I am guessing from the log file.

    To (supposedly) have access to all of the features possible in the video adapter I installed the ATI fglrx video driver. I (apparently foolishly) chose the custom, installation-specific path rather than the more general default path.

    After installing the driver I saw no observable improvement in performance or feature set. Worse, there are couple of new features that are decidedly undesirable, and cannot be disabled. At least one pre-loaded font simply disappeared. :-(

    So I reverted to the original (open source?) radeon driver ("sax2 -r -m 0=radeon" at runlevel 3). All seemed welluntil I ran VirtualBox.

    One thing I have not tried is to run the fglrx default installation. I fear making things worse.

    Can anyone suggest what might have happened with the fglrx installation, and how to fix it?

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    Ah! Thank you. I wish I had been directed to that URL before. I got my system fixed. Yay!

    Can you tell me what the differences are between using <sax2> and <Xorg> to configure the video system?

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    sax2 is really the config tool for xorg.
    But I wouldn't spend too much time learning about it, the next release is seeing the back of it.

    So for example if you run

    sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia

    You will configure the setting file xorg.conf to use nvidia, assuming you have a nvidia card and the driver installed.

    You can run sax2 in a su terminal to start the sax2 UI.
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    Default ATI radeon XPRESS 200M Serie with OpenSuse 12.1 ?

    Hello !
    With OpenSuse 11.2 : my graphical card "ATI radeon XPRESS 200M" works but...
    With Opensuse 12.1, the KDE splash screen get freezed after a couple of minutes.

    I have installed the "xorg video driver radeonh" RPM using Yast but it doesn't help.

    Could you give any help so that it works in 12.1?
    - Shall I somehow use the driver used in the 11.2 version? How?
    - Shall I downgrade the KDE version of 12.1? How?

    Thanks for your help,

    Sylvain

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    Default Re: ATI radeon XPRESS 200M Serie with OpenSuse 12.1 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sylvain_b View Post
    With OpenSuse 11.2 : my graphical card "ATI radeon XPRESS 200M" works but...
    Just for info: Do NOT try to install the ATI proprietary driver (flgrx also known as Catalyst). It won't work with this graphics card.

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