ATI driver problem cleanup,,,,

I’ve run into a problem with the ATI proprietary driver. It seems I’m not alone, because other people are saying the same thing. I installed it and now I get a message that kwin is unstable. It kept crashing and eventually I just hit cancel. In the long thread about proprietary ATI drivers someone else had the same message. But I’m not sure what he did to fix his problem. I can’t type using the keyboard in my browser. I can in other programs though which is weird. I’m currently using a live cd to write this.

I don’t know a lot about Linux. Pretty much nothing.

Is there any way I can remove the driver? Or at least tell it to go back to whatever it was doing before?

I have a sapphire card, I believe a 3850 hd. I’m trying Suse 11.2


This card is new enough that this should work.

Install the driver from the ATI website here is the link. Ati Driver page

Here is the Opensuse howto page. Ati Howto

I have seen several post for the HD chip sets in 11.2 search and check them to make sure that the driver works before you try it.

Heres a report of some one getting there HD card working. I don’t know if I would blindly follow all that they say in this post but at least it seems easy enough.

Don’t try to build rpm, doesn’t work.
Install with installer with automatic option, no custom.

zypper in kernel-source linux-kernel-headers kernel-syms module-init-tools make gcc

sh ./

/usr/bin/aticonfig --initial

Restart x
This work for me with hd3200


I can confirm using the method as stated above just remember to do the driver install in init 3

I have a ati mobility radeon 3400hd series card

i hope someone resolves the problem building ATI’s 9.10 driver rpm in 11.2, it’s certainly been discussed in the Prerelease/Beta forum previously so it’s not a surprise.

apparently the ATI script install is the only option at this time.

food for thought, a 9.10 rpm i built the hard way for 11.1 installs without incidence in 11.2, and works very well (3850HD) which surprised me.

I created a workaround at: Anyone successfully installed ATI 9.10 driver in RC1 ? - openSUSE Forums which I now refined for the 9.11 catalyst driver: Generating catalyst 9.11 rpm’s on openSUSE 11.2 - openSUSE Forums

Quote:from oldcpu’s post on subject Source

Originally Posted by cubed_za View Post
Hi Gents

ATI Released 9.11 last night 17/11/2009. Will give it a bash on 11.2
These are hand typed extracts (by yours truly) from the latest posting of AMD’s Proprietary Linux driver. Any typographical or other mistakes in retyping are mine. This particular driver updates the software version to 8.671. It is also known as revision 9.11.

This release of ATI Catalyst Linux introduces support for the following new operating system:
• RHEL 5.4 support
• openSUSE 11.2 early look support

Resolved Issues

The following section provides a brief description of resolved issues with the latest version of the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite. These include:
• [Ubuntu 9.04] Animated busy mouse cursor no longer disappears or flickers in Clone mode
• Corruption no longer occurs after hot plugging a display and doing a Virtual Terminal switch
• With CrossFire enabled, system no longer becomes unresponsive when switching to DC (battery) mode with full-screen applications running
• [SUSE 11.1] Unplugging the secondary display and terminating the X server (Ctrl + Alt + Backspace) does not cause the primary display to become blank and display corruption
• Playing full screen Flash video on a secondary display no longer causes screen corruption
• Screen corruption no longer occurs when open GL screen saver is enabled with Desktop effects

Known Issues

The following section provides a brief description of known issues associated with the latest version of ATI Catalyst Linux software suite. These issues include:
• Segmentation fault may occur or system may display error during boot up if X is stopped in Dual-Head mode
• System may be unresponsive after executing specific combination of Xrandr reflections and rotations
• X server may fail to start GUI Desktop Manager after enabling secondary adapter using Catalyst Control Center
• Desktop resolution changes through Catalyst Control Center might not be applied after restarting X
• [Ubuntu 9.04] Some video cards may stop video output signal when monitor has been powered off.

Note: On Novell’s openSUSE, SLED, and SLES operating systems running “sax2” or “sax2 –r” on the console overwrites the X.Org configuration file xorg.conf, reverting changes made by running “aticonfig –initial” . As a result subsequent X session may start up using the open source Radeon on X-Vesa graphic drivers instead of the proprietary ATI Linux Graphics Driver.

Solution: Do not use Sax2 when the proprietary Linux Graphics Driver is installed. Instead configure all display parameters using the Catalyst Control Center – Linux Editon or the aticonfig command line interface.
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