Problem with ATI Radeon HD 5600

I get a black screen when I install the driver, plus:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5600 Series]

is there a method to install the drivers on openSUSE 11.4?


Go Yast - Software - Repositories
Click Add
Select “Repositories …Community”, a list will show up.
Tick “Ati” repo, continue and accept the key

Now start the software manager, the driver packages should be autoselected for install.

On 04/02/2011 11:06 PM, Vengenz wrote:
> is there a method to install the drivers on openSUSE 11.4?

were either of these helpful–have you been to these two yet:

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I suspect the dual graphic devices is causing the problem? Some users possibly with a similar problem:

I don’t know the solution, but if we can find the solution I think we can help a number of users.

I just want you to know that after I had installed the driver from the ATI repo, I got:
1- without using “nomodeset”, nothing happened + only black screen and texts.
2- with using “nomodeset”, black screen + KDE startup sound.

Is this problem related to xorg.conf file?

note: the open source radeon driver which is installed by default, it doesn’t work at all


With due respect, I’m not 100% certain it is the open source radeon driver, but rather I think it still could be something else. If I type “man radeon” on openSUSE-11.4 I note there is support for “Redwood HD 5550/5570/5670” and its possibly other Redwood hardware is supported. Could it be something OTHER than the driver that is causing the driver not to function?

What happens if you 1st install the text editor program midnight commander (mc) so that you have the capability to edit in a full screen text mode by just typing ‘mc’ . Then go remove any /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf file, with the edit being removing the " # " comment in front of ‘radeon’ in that file. Save the change. Then reboot and when rebooting, use the boot code ‘nomodeset’. See if that works.

Let me explain what I am trying to do. If you use the boot code ‘nomodeset’, for AMD hardware openSUSE will try to load the ‘radeonhd’ driver. The ‘radeonhd’ driver does NOT support the Radeon HD5600 series graphics yet. So ‘nomodeset’ won’t work (with the radeonhd driver). But if you do not specify ‘nomodeset’ I think you get a kernel or a UDEV problem (and not a driver problem). So by specifying ‘radeon’ in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf file AND using ‘nomodeset’, you are telling openSUSE Linux to boot to nomodeset, but do NOT use the radeonhd driver, but instead use the ‘radeon’ driver.

Does that suggestion make sence ? I think it worth trying.

Edit - alternatively you could replace ‘radeon’ in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-device.conf file with ‘fglrx’ and see if that works with different boot configurations (nomodeset and without nomodeset).

Vengenz, I undestand from this Catalyst-11.5 thread that you finally had some success :
AMD Catalyst 11.5 available
thats good news !