I doubt it has to do with your ATi video card as this should run without 3D support using the oss drivers as far as I know. What are you running this on? You might search to see if someone else has tried to get it running on the same machine.
Thank you all for the assistance. Thanks Chrysantine it solved my problem, it is working very well now . By the way, just for wisdom’s sake, is this an ACPI compatibility issue? Is it a hardware incompability or is it some bug yet to be solved?
ACPI involves power management; there is an inter-dependency between the hardware, the BIOS, and OS. While an industry-standard that has evolved for 10 yrs, it is controversial due to its being exceedingly complex and not consistently and rigorously implemented in all hardware and BIOS’s. Consesquently, there are occasionally problems which can be very difficult to pinpoint. Hence the acpi-off switch.