hi all, i have just been getting used to opensuse 11.1 (needed it for programming on netbeans for university)
so far i have been quite impressed with the layout and functionality of linux, i have sorted afew issues out myself (drivers for network, sound card etc.), but there is one thing i just cant get my head round and that is the graphics driver.
i have an ati radeon 4870, so i have tried to install catalyst off the amd site (it didnt work), tried getting the radeon tool (from this site) and im still at a dead end. for instance when i install through YAST i can never find the program it installed. and when i do it through the terminal it gives up half way through the installation
one of my main problems is that im not very clued up on the functionality of linux, i have read that there is known problems with ati graphics cards and linux, but i cant seem to sort it out by myself.
has anyone else had similar problems?
apologies in advance for my noobish knowledge of linux
this is very odd that it tells you such things when you type init 3. I’ve never seen such a thing. You can however reboot and at the boot screen, in the options bar, type 3 - yes, just 3 and it’ll take you to runlevel 3
as for the build environment, you need to install the kernel sources and gcc/make, etc basically the basic build environment. In yast, when you switch to patterns, you can select it there (kernel development or similar, can’t recall atm as I don’t use patterns)
I met with the same problem, the ati driver file I use is ati-driver-installer-10-7-x86.x86_64.run, OS is CentOS 5.5, the problem solved finally:
1.you must ensure the following things are installed:
2.run “uname -r” to get the accurate version of the kernel, like the OS of mine, the result is “2.6.18-194.el5”
3.install the accurate version of the kernel header files, which commonly be included in “kernel-devel” package, like OS of mine,it would be “kernel-header-2.6.18-194.el5.i686.rpm”, the slightly newer or older versions cannot be done!(like mine, the package installed by yum online is newer -“kernel-header-2.6.18-194.11.1.el5.i686.rpm”, which I replaced finally with the older one on my system installation DVD)
4.you must ensure that the directory “/lib/modules/｀uname -r｀/build” directs to the directory that contains the kernel header files, like mine, it’s “/usr/src/kernels/2.6.18-194.el5-i686”, if not, you should make a link to it. After that, it should be done. Good luck.
You can start the computer in run level 3 from boot.
Reboot your pc
At the grub boot menu, type 3 and then enter.
This will take you to a console login where you can login as root.
Navigate to the directory where you downloaded the ati binay and run: