Logging in to KDE or enlightenment shows screen full of garbage.

I am having a real problem with logging in to KDE or enlightenment. KDM runs fine and the display is readable but when I choose either KDE or enlightenment when I get to the desktop the whole screen is jumbled up and I have to use ctrl-alt-backspace to close the session and get back to the login screen. However, I can log in to IceWM and the screen is fine. I just installed (a few days ago) the 64 bit ati drivers I downloaded from the ati site and everything was working great but now I have no idea what happened. I uninstalled the ati drivers but I still have the same problem. I reinstalled and updated openSUSE and still no go. So, here I am looking to the openSUSE experts to lend me a hand. Not sure where I need to go from here?

Thank you!


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Hi colonelcanuk

Can you tell us which openSUSE version you have installed and more info about your graphics hardware. Login via IceWM and report the output of

/sbin/lspci -nnk |grep VGA -A2

or

/usr/sbin/hwinfo --gfxcard

@deano_ferrari;

Thanks for your quick response. I am using openSUSE 12.2 86_64. Here is the output from the command, “/sbin/lspci -nnk |grep VGA -A2”:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV730 PRO [Radeon HD 4650] [1002:9498]
Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device [1787:2002]
Kernel driver in use: radeon

I hope that helps.


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I just installed (a few days ago) the 64 bit ati drivers I downloaded from the ati site and everything was working great but now I have no idea what happened. I uninstalled the ati drivers but I still have the same problem.

I wonder if you have broken 3D rendering due to stale links from the proprietary driver which you removed. This may be helpful to restoring the open source driver and mesa drivers

https://forums.opensuse.org/content/46-ati-driver-atiupgrade.html

Can’t be the case; recall:

colonelcanuk, lets see your xorg log (use SUSE Paste and provide us the link)

(in the mean time, a chorus of grub, grub, grub, grub, grub… set to the Jaws theme might be appropriate)

**@Tyler_K & @deano_ferrari;
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Sorry I haven’t been able to get to your last request for posting my xorg log. I am nursing my dog after her surgery so my time has been rather limited. I will post the xorg log as soon as I can get to it. Hopefully in the next couple of days. I want to thank both @Tyler_K and @deano_ferrari for your help and your time. I do want to get this problem solved but unfortunately my time is committed elsewhere at the moment.

Thank you!


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No, it all depends on how the OP removed the proprietary driver. (They were not explicit.) It may well be for example, that the Mesa DRI subsystem (or at least the links) needs to be restored.

I think I may have just misread or mis-interpreted – on the first go round, I read it as he had (i) uninstalled the catalyst, and that didn’t work and then (ii) proceeded to do a reinstall of openSUSE … reading it now it looks more like the reinstall was of the catalyst, and not oS … (though its not 100% clear)

Here is my xorg log: SUSE Paste

I removed the drivers with the following command: aticonfig --uninstall

What I have done was, I uninstalled the ati proprietary driver, which did not correct the problem, then I updated my install of openSUSE and then reinstalled the proprietary ati driver. After updating my openSUSE the problem remained so I tried reinstalling the proprietary ati driver and still the problem remains. Sorry for the confusion.

Any ideas???

Hope your pup is doing better.

Glancing at your xorg log, off the top I say:

    26.348] (WW) fglrx: No matching Device section for instance (BusID PCI:0@1:0:1) found

The /etc/X11/xorg.conf file you are using has some funny business in it … the @ is suspicious (if they were going to bother reporting the domain, its a deviation from “domain number followed be a colon”), though that might just be the method AMD’s code displays/reports pci info (I’m not overly familiar with the driver, so don’t know offhand if this is the case) … in any regard, your (graphic adapter’s) device bus ID in the xorg.conf file should be “1:0:0”, not “1:0:1”

If you want, post your xorg.conf file to suse paste and we can take a look to see what exactly might be out of place.

Actually, thinking about if for a second, it is more likely that this is simply their nomenclature for: Device_whatever for Display0 … so likely nothing to worry about in regards to that … the monkey business with the busid issue, on the other hand, still stands

@Tyler_K;

Yes, my puppy is doing great thank you for asking!

Thank you for looking over my xorg log. I will make the changes you suggested and I will post my xorg.conf as soon as I get a free moment. I wanted to add that I am running two monitors off of the graphics card in question just in case that might be info you need to solve the problem. I know I had a dickens of a time setting them up in KDE. My main monitor was recognized as a DFP and the other was reporting a CRT but in fact it is also a DFP. KDE seems to of had a difficult time figuring out which was the primary and which was the secondary.

Thank you!


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@Tyler_K;

Well here is my xorg.conf you requested: SUSE Paste. I hope you might be able to glean some info to my problem. I certainly don’t see anything in the xorg.conf that raises flags but I am a humble user and your knowledge supersedes mine by a large margin I think.

I also ran the **“**atiupgrade” script that @deano_ferrari suggested and the problem persists. When I looked over my xorg.log the problem you pointed out to me, (BusID PCI:0@1:0:1), is still there.

I’m starting to think that maybe a HDD reformat and an openSUSE reinstall might be the way to go.

Thank you!


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It looks fine.

1:0:1 … is still there … I’m starting to think that maybe a HDD reformat and an openSUSE reinstall might be the way to go.https://wisestamp.appspot.com/pixel.png?p=mozilla&v=3.11.21&t=1358000974850&u=2a82909712546143
I don’t think you need to go the drastic route just yet.

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Followed up with:

In regards to the what the monitors were recognized as, that’s actually done in relation to what the driver recognizes the outputs of the graphics adapter as. Have a look at the output of the command “xrandr” and it will likely reveal such. One output will likely be a DVI-D and the other a DVI-I or VGA

Anyway, questions for you:

  • So prior to installing the AMD prop driver, was everything working fine? Did you try to configure the monitors prior to installing the fglrx/catalyst driver?
  • when you say “everything was working great but now…” do you mean everything was working great prior to installing the fglrx? Or do you mean that you installed the propr driver, everything worked fine for a while, and then, out of the blue, disaster struck?
  • In regards “I had a dickens of a time setting them up in KDE” … what exactly was it that you were doing to set them up? Did you use the krandrtray utility? Was this in relation to after you installed the catalyst driver or before
  • Did you in any way alter or add anything to any config file in either: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d or /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d ?

In answer to questions:

  1. Yes, prior to installing the proprietary driver everything was fine. I had a little trouble configuring both displays prior to installing the AMD driver. The KDE “configure desktop” utility thought both displays were 1440x900 when my main monitor is 1920x1080 and my secondary is 1440x900. It took a couple of tries to get it to set up the correct resolutions.
  2. What I meant was, after installing the AMD driver and configuring the displays, again, the displays where a bit difficult to configure as above, everything was working great for about a week and then, (as you put it), “disaster struck!”
  3. To set the displays up I used the KDE “configure desktop” utility, not the “krandrtray.” I used it both before and after installing the AMD driver but had problems as stated above.
  4. I didn’t touch either of those files.

Again thanks for your help I appreciate your time on this problem.


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