Hey there guys!
I’ve already had a similar problem but now I confirmed it’s standard behavior! I use the fglrx drivers from the ati repos and everytime I update the drivers via yast, at the next reboot my drivers are not functional and I gotta use vesa drivers.
To solve the issue, I have to deinstall and reinstall fglrx and to recreate xorg.conf via aticonfig --initial.
Why’s that? Maybe I gotta update the graphical drivers from a pure command-line environment, changing the runlevel?
I don’t know. But all I can say is: Don’t use the driver from the ATI repo. Install atiupgrade and run it as root in runlevel 3 (if you have a network connection outside of X). Otherwise run in once in X - as root, reboot in runlevel 3, log in as root and run atiupgrade again. It will deinstall the older driver and install the latest one. That one provides a service which recompiles the module automatically after a kernel update (at reboot). See the links in the other post: Catalyst 11.7 released
deinstalling the ATI repo driver is tricky (because it’s buggy), but I think the script will get it. If not, I will help.
aitupgrade canl also build a rpm for “unsupported” openSUSE versions. This is why it deinstalls/reinstalls the driver instead of just updating it.
It actually builds a rpm for the LastSupportedSUSE specified in the script (currently 114).
At least, it worked as 11.4 was still not supported by the Catalyst installer (it built a package for 11.3 and installed it on 11.4). There are chances that it will work with Tumbleweed.
My advices were for everyone :). This is what i know about installing catalyst drivers, maybe someone find something useful.
fglrx-unisnstall script is included in catalyst rpm, and you can use it to remove drivers installed via yast too.
There is no need to uninstall rpm first, in fact it will make things worse (uninstaller can refuse to work due to missing files).
Moerover, uninstalling rpm via YaST won’t uninstall the driver! And it even won’t update just by updating rpm.
After update from RPM, if you go to ATi Control Panel, in ‘information’ there will be old driver version, even though new rpm is installed. To update properly, you have to use fglrx-uninstall first, and then install the new package.
I don’t know atiupgrade script much, as I always use manual method. It builds kernel module for any new kernel version (except if kernel is unsupported by catalyst driver). Therefore it needs kernel source files to install.
As for now, I’m using Catalyst 11.7 on kernel 3.0 and it works flawlessly.
The one I see is amd-uninstall.sh (not the same as fglrx-uninstall.sh). Take a look at this script and you’'ll see that it just uses the rpm command to deinstall the package. But you can’t take a look at it because you can’t have both (AFAIK).
You’re the one mentioning YaST!
As for the driver, If you mean the kernel module, it cannot be deinstalled because it cannot be unloaded if it is used and because it is not included in the rpm package. The module is compiled at installation time, not when you build the package.
fglrx-uninstall is not included in the rpm built from the ati installer (also used in atiupgrade). If you built and installed the rpm, just run this command to persuade yourself that you don’t have this file:
Yeah you might be right, I switched to linux not long ago
My drivers won’t be listed in packages, as I installed them without zypper last time (11.7).
I see no point in building rpm package manually any longer, if amd installer works ok.
I wonder if I can remove kernel sources now, it’s kinda heavy - about 0.5GB. I will check that
You don’t have to. But it’s better, it’s cleaner. openSUSE, as all other distros, use a package management system, and it’s better to have the packages, whether drivers or applications organized that way. How do you think I know which files belong to the ATI driver? I simply asked the rpm database.
Certainly not! You might not need these kernel sources anymore, but you’re going to need the next ones. When you update the kernel, the kernel sources have to be updated as well. They won’t get updated if you remove them now. When you reboot after a kernel & kernel sources update, the service /etc/init.d/boot.fglrxrebuild (installed with your ATI driver) will check if the fglrx module exist for the new kernel and compile it. It the sources for the current kernel are not there, it won’t compile the module and you won’t be able to start X - unless you install the sources and compile the module or switch back to the radeon driver.