Video Driver Problem After Install

I just got OpenSUSE installed on a second machine, my mid-2010 iMac. The install went well, however, I was presented with a dreaded ‘bad or wrong driver’’ type black screen upon launch.

I have an ATI Radeon HD 4670, which is more than likely Mac specific.

I had no problem getting the Catalyst program over to my Windows install, but, this one is baffling me. When I boot in failsafe mode, I don’t even get a command line. A script starts executing and goes nowhere. There doesn’t seem a way to break the script.

I’m wondering how on earth can I install the proper video driver if I can’t get a command line? Is there a way to launch the system with a generic video driver that will give me some type of desktop? That would be the easiest. I have done lots of command line work in the past, when the GUI was an experimental thing in Linux.

Any advice appreciated. It I need to post any more info, let me know and I will gladly do so.


On 11/04/2011 12:16 PM, harryo53 wrote:
> Any advice appreciated.

see what happens if you follow along here:

and, we have had quite a few folks install to Mac hardware…have a look:

openSUSE®, the “German Automobiles” of operating systems

Thanks! I’ve marked the tutorial as well as the thread from Mac users. I’m sure I’ll get it straightened out.

Boot in runlevel 3 or in X with the option ‘nomodeset’ and type the following in a terminal or in console:

[noparse]su -l
zypper ar PTA
zypper refresh -r PTA
zypper in atiupgrade

You can read more here: openSUSE Forums - ATI driver with atiupgrade

  • atiupgrade was written on an iMac with Radeon HD 2400 XT.