I’m working on a Lenovo SL510 with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500. After I tried to update my graphic-card driver I can’t start X anymore. I installed the driver the like it was described on the ATI webside.
The computer starts in the non graphic mode. When I type in “startx”, I get the message:
Fatal server error:
Caught signal 11. Server aborting.
xinit: Connection refused (errno 111): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errorno 3): Server error.
Its the same with both, my standard login an the root.
When I login with my standard account, I get the same message, plus:
xauth: /home/“my profile name”/.Xauthority not writable
My Linux version is: openSUSE 11.2 (x86_64)
Is there any chance I could fix this?
I’m a total Linux newbee by the way.
Edit: I don’t need the ati driver, just want to use my notebook again without loosing the linux installation on it. If you have any advice how I could install any working driver and adjust my system to make X start again, thats what I’m looking for.
Typically, before installing the proprietary driver from the site you reference, one needs to first install kernel-source and kernel-syms of the EXACT same version as one’s kernel. And also install linux-kernel-headers.
One has to remove any old rpm with fglrx by running (all with root permissions):
rpm -e $(rpm -qa '*fglrx*')
Then one has to build the NEW fglrx rpm using the .run file from the ATI site you referenced with:
sh ati*.run --buildpkg SuSE/SUSE112-AMD64
and then one has to install the new fglrx rpm with:
Its up to you. I do not know what you have now. I do not know your expertise. I do not know what are are afraid of losing. I started using Linux in 1998 and from then until around 2007 I never used the proprietary graphic drivers. I did NOT want to risk my desktop being messed up.
My financial situation changed around then, and I had more than one PC, and hence had a backup, so I became a bit more adventurous and started using proprietary drivers and I was AMAZED at how easy it was (doing things like what I described above). But by then I had 8 years Linux experience.
Of course I probably could have done the above immediately when I first started using Linux, but I am incredibly conservative, and it was NOT important to me at the time (in 1998), and I had things that WERE important that I did not want to risk losing, and I had little time then to debug/experiment.
Ok, I have an Update.
I restarted the notebook and X started. But now I can’t choose the right Resolution, it just doesn’t know that my monitor is 16:9. I can choose only between 2 resolutions.
In the “system information” is no information about my display. I think i have no real driver running now. My question is: Is there any safe and (important) easy to install driver, that I can use safely? (I’m working on a Lenovo SL510 by the way) And how should I install it, to be on the safe site?
And what does that mean:
I also want to apologize for asking such newcomer questions, but I’m new to Linux and are forced to work with it now.
Sorry, I just saw, that I have OpenSuse 1.1 Wrote it wrong in my first post. So I tried to add the 1.1 Repo.
By doing so, I get the following message:
linux-809r:/home/sla1 # zypper ar -f http://www2.ati.com/suse/11.1/ ati
Adding repository 'ati' [done]
Repository 'ati' successfully added
linux-809r:/home/sla1 # zypper ref
Retrieving repository 'ati' metadata [done]
Building repository 'ati' cache [done]
Repository 'NVIDIA Repository' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE-11.1-Non-Oss' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE-11.1-Oss' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE-11.1-Update' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE BuildService - KDE:Community' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE BuildService - OpenOffice.org' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE BuildService - Drivers for webcams' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE BuildService - Games' is up to date.
Repository 'openSUSE BuildService - Mozilla' is up to date.
Repository 'VideoLan Repository' is up to date.
Repository 'Packman Repository' is up to date.
Repository 'ATI Repository' is up to date.
All repositories have been refreshed.
linux-809r:/home/sla1 # zypper up
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...
Nothing to do.