I installed OpenSUSE 11 a few days ago in an attempt to learn linux. So far so good. I’ve understood most of what i’ve encountered; had a network connection problem…which is solved now.
The only thing, though, is concerning the ATi drivers.
I had installed the Catalyst 8.7 (and had the same problem). But I downloaded the 8.8 and uninstalled the 8.7’s (via sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh in the /usr/share/ati folder)…followed by a reboot.
You can switch to super-user (via ‘su’) or run sudo ./ati-driver-installer-8-8-x86.x86_64_2.run
…I ran su, input my password and ran ./ati-driver-installer-8-8-x86.x86_64_2.run
The driver package extracted and the Installer window came up (showing ATi and the penguin).
I chose Install Driver 8.455.2 on X.Org 7.1 and later releases, followed by ‘Automatic’…continued.
It said the drivers installed (with a log file in /usr/share/ati) and that I should run aticonfig --initial…which I also did. Everything worked fine.
I reboot. It looks like the drivers are working (cause the refresh rate from 60Hz switched to 75Hz)…much better.
The only thing, though, is that when I drag any window or try scroll down a web page or window, it is SLOW!!!
One thing I know is that you have to check if the ATi drivers are rendering or MesaGL…so, I type fglrxinfo to check what’s up…the following is listed:
display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: Mesa project: www.mesa3d.org
OpenGL renderer string: Mesa GLX Indirect
OpenGL version string: 1.4 (2.1 Mesa 7.0.3)
My question now…how do I get it to use the ATi driver OpenGL rather than the Mesa GLX? And will this solve the apparent choppiness when dragging/scrolling down windows?
I was recommended using this link:
ATI Installer HOWTO for SUSE/Novell users
But honestly, i’d love to be able to sort this out manually…this is the only way i’m gonna learn linux and start appreciating how it works and how to get around managing issues/future endeavors. Regardless how technical it can be to switch the Mesa GLX to ATi GLX, i’ll do it. So, what should I do?
B.T.W, i’m using an ATi Radeon HD4870.
Once this is done, i’ll be a happy Linux camper.