… my guess is your solution is to apply the vesa driver (per the guidance in post#1 of the quoted thread) to get started with a GUI. Then apply the guidance in step #11 of the quoted thread above to update the radeon and radeonhd drivers for your ATI x800. Then apply the guidance from step#1 in the quoted thread above to apply the updated drivers.
OK, then I assume you have Gnome running in a desktop with some graphic driver, and you want to improve the driver.
First, my understanding is the X800 is a legacy hardware according to ATI and they do NOT support this hardware any more.
Hence you have to use the openSource driver. The openSource radeon and radeonhd driver that came packaged with openSUSE-11.2 were buggy, so I have recommended users who want to use the radeon and/or radeonhd drivers update to the more cutting edge version of that driver which is on the X11 : xorg repository.
zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/X11:/XOrg/openSUSE_11.2/ newrepository
that will add the repository. Then go to YaST > Software > Software Management and add the “newrepository” versions of Mesa, xorg-x11-driver-input, xorg-x11-driver-video, and xorg-x11-driver-video-radeonhd. Ensure you update and do not believe YaST if it says they are already installed. Note in YaST you MUST pay attention to the version tab. See this sketch to give you an idea. http://thumbnails18.imagebam.com/7232/e3a9f772317322.gif](http://www.imagebam.com/image/e3a9f772317322)
… Now once those are updated, remove the repository you added, with:
zypper rr newrepository
note “newrepository” is an arbitrary name I made up. Put in bill, bob, george, sunshine, lazy, funny, any-name-you-want there.
Then reboot your PC, and before we do any more, I need to find out what driver you are using, and whether your PC has an /etc/X11/xorg.conf file.
AMD has moved a number of DX9 ATI Radeon™ graphics accelerators products to a legacy driver support structure. This change impacts Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Linux distributions. AMD has moved to a legacy software support structure for these graphics accelerator products in an effort to better focus development resources on future products.
The following products have been moved to the legacy software support structure (including Mobile and All-in-Wonder Variants):
ATI Radeon 9500 Series
ATI Radeon 9550 Series
ATI Radeon 9600 Series
ATI Radeon 9700 Series
ATI Radeon 9800 Series
ATI Radeon X300 Series
ATI Radeon X550 Series
ATI Radeon X600 Series
ATI Radeon X700 Series ATI Radeon X800 Series
ATI Radeon X850 Series
ATI Radeon X1050 Series
ATI Radeon X1300 Series
ATI Radeon X1550 Series
ATI Radeon X1600 Series
ATI Radeon X1650 Series
ATI Radeon X1800 Series
ATI Radeon X1900 Series
ATI Radeon Xpress Series
ATI Radeon X1200 Series
ATI Radeon X1250 Series
ATI Radeon X2100 Series
AMD may periodically provide Windows XP and Windows Vista driver updates (for the products listed above) for critical fixes only. No new features will be provided in future driver updates. The Linux ATI Catalyst™ driver will only be supported in Linux distributions prior to February 2009 for the legacy products listed above.
Any customers using a combination of a ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 Series, ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series, or ATI Radeon™ HD 4000 Series product with any of the legacy products listed above in a single PC system must use the ATI Catalyst 9.3 or earlier driver. All future ATI Catalyst™ releases made available past the ATI Catalyst™ 9.3 release will not include support for the legacy products listed above or any of the features associated with those legacy products
.ie the Catalyst driver does NOT support the X800. … Or did I misread the above?
Is this an X800 you have working? IF not , then this is NOT applicable.
I am concerned you are providing inaccurate advise. Please, can you be specific as to whether you have this running on an X800? My experience in reading my graphic support threads on this forum is many X800 users had problems with the catalyst driver.
Unless I read a simple X800 how to for the Catalyst 9.3 with openSUSE-11.1’s 2.6.31 kernel, then I stand by my recommendation to update the radeon and radeonhd. Please note the users 1st post! They are not an average nor an advanced user.