Im a complete linux noob, been looking into swithcing to linux for a while and recently my pc was giving me problems and decided its about time to break free from the prison of microsft, looked into a couple of linux distros so I tried Ubuntu quite liked the whole linux OS and found out that opensuse has even more to offer so I just recently switched to it.
Ive been having a problem with my graphics card I want to enable visual effects but I cant its disabled and if I do try to enable it, I get a message saying that my hardware does not support this and if I still want to go ahead.
Being a complete noob I would rather not enable it the reason being, twice now I installed/updated my pc to get the graphics card working all went well and the install/update returned a message successful not one error, unlike with ubuntu but when I restart the pc all I get is a black screen.
Tried running the recovery tools and tried reparing to no avail, having nothing on my pc I opted to reinstall os twice now because both times they failed. LOL Iam a bit lost and would like some help dont want to keep reinstalling the operating system over and over. :shame:
Currently Im running the Gnome desktop
my graphics card is not detected in Sax2
its a ati mobility x2300 on a sony laptop
Have no clue whats going on
Dont want to go back to windows even if it means no graphics card lol!
I followed everything you posted to the tee and like you mentioned I waited while it updated and asked to restart, when I reached the point where I had to add option 1 I did that, entered root pwd ran the aticonfig command successfully but when it came to running the sax2 I got the blank black screen again.
Nevertheless with your help there has been some developments. For one when I rebooted I had the option of choosing a debug mode on the boot screen did that and when I logged on I restarted cause nothing was working example no sound, no wireless card etc, I assumed this maybe the opensuse equivalent to windows safe mode.
Anyways restarted again and booted normally and the OS actually booted usually by now Id be stuck on a black screen. Now when I come to open Sax2 I get a message saying:
“Cannot deactivate all displays at least one display must be active”
click ok it opens Sax2 but still nothing is enabled in the card options.
Also in the application browser I have 2 new apps there
ati catalyst control center
Im getting somewhere so Thanks a load for your help, wanted to know are you running the same graphics card?
i’m disapointed to hear it didin’t work out, for me it worked like a charm. i’m using a hd3200 on a AMD based laptop.
i’ve had the same problem with my former sony laptop, a ati igp 315(radeon 7000 like), it installed all the drivers fine, but didin’t start sax, so i was very confused and had no idea how to proceed, blank screens everytime freaked me out.
once i made it work, after some research, i think you can also try it, here it goes:
-once you boot in runlevel 1 type the folowing while root:
Your timing is unfortunate. There was a kernel update a few days ago which broke the sound on a number of user’s PCs (kernel updates unfortunately cause this sort of breakage on all Linux distribution user’s PCs (and not just openSUSE)). Typically the SuSE-GmbH alsa packager will package an updated alsa version for the new kernel, but that has not happened yet. I note Thursday was a holiday in Germany and many people took the entire week as a vacation. Hence if the past is a guide, there is a chance we will see an update to alsa some time mid-next week.
There is also an audio troubleshooting guide here: SDB:AudioTroubleshooting - openSUSE BUT if the kernel update is the reason for your sound not working then the audio troubleshooting guide will not help you.
oh well, oldcpu. i hope none minds… the audio troubleshooting guide didin’t help me, i’m quite lost on what to do, maybe you know a few things i could try? if so should i start a new thread or could you PM me? i don’t like to trotter other’s thread with my own problems… kernel update… 0.0 i had no idea
thx for explaining, i didn’t knew there was much diferrence, tought only runlevel 1 was root only and runlevel 3 was multiuser… anyways it worked for me and since no one said something i thought i would just try to help
anymore mistakes i may make, feel free to correct me i’m here to learn aswell, hope rabbit09 will get it to work
I searched for settings along the lines of what you gave me and finally got it working rotfl!
Thanks a load the help Muchas Gracias!
I searched for the lines of code you gave me and added x2300 to the search term
I used this code instead of the last lines above finally enabled it to work:
sax2 -r 0=fglrx
All of a suddenly all the desktop visual effects start working, the desktop rotates in a cube when switching from one to another which is quite a cool feature I mean talk about a powerful operating system, I think this feature alone of having 4 desktops, I can convince many friends to make the switch from windows to Linux.
The only issue Im having now is with one repository, everytime I come to update this is what I get:
ati-fglrxG01-kmp-trace-8.582_220.127.116.11_3.2-2.1.x86_64 requires kernel(trace:fs) = eaa038e67699313d, but this requirement cannot be provided
Looked for this on the forums but seems like there was one other person who had this problem and never got feedback on it.
Getting my unix book in 2 days cant wait still got a lot of things to figure out and learn but to put it short
For those with non-functioning sound as a result of the new 18.104.22.168 kernel, the SuSE-GmbH packager has now released the rpms for the update to 1.0.20 of alsa for the 22.214.171.124 kernel. Note this is on a special multimedia repository and not on the standard “update” repository.
Note one MUST send six zypper commands, being certain to pick the one’s specific to one’s openSUSE version. I recommend one optimize the alsa apps to be installed to match what one has on one’s PC already. … and also the second last command in the 3 command group should be specific to one’s kernel. Do NOT install multiple alsa-driver-kmp-<packages> … Only install the ONE that is applicable.