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If you have a Radeon HD 2000 series or higher, your performance will most likely benefit from running the proprietary fglrx driver. If, after rebooting, fglrx doesn't seem to be enabled, try running the aticonfig tool manually.
In case your display manager does not start, so while booting you only get the terminal mode logon prompt, this most likely is caused by a failure to start the X-server. So you logon as root and look at the end of /var/log/Xorg.o.log.
In case you see:
(WW) fglrx: No matching Device section for instance (BusID PCI:0@5:0:0) found (EE) No devices detected.
there is something wrong in the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf There should be only one section ServerLayout, Monitor, Device and Screen. If there are more equal sections, pick one and delete the other(s). Especially the Device section requires attention and pick the one that corresponds with the device that you see using the command
If the output is:
05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV770 [Radeon HD 4850]
the corresponding line in the Device section should be:
sax2 freezes or goes blank, or you got Mesa in the OpenGL vendor string follow these steps:
Ensure you have upgraded to libdrm version 2.3 --StephaneZ 18:52, 11 March 2007 (UTC)
First of all check your sax log located in
/var/log/SaX.log to see what errors happened that incurred a black screen of death.
Also look in the
Xorg log files for errors concerning the
fglrx module in
>cat /var/log/Xorg.0.log | grep "(EE)"
Troubleshooting - Step 1
Get into runlevel 3 and run the following:
# cd /usr/src/linux # make mrproper # make cloneconfig # make modules_prepare # make clean
Remove previous drivers properly by executing the command:
# rpm -e $(rpm -qa | grep fglrx)
Troubleshooting - Step 2
Reinstall the driver again running:
# rpm -Uvh --force fgl*.rpm
Troubleshooting - Step 3
aticonfig to setup
xorg.conf by running:
# ldconfig # aticonfig --initial --input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
And then check Other important Settings in the xorg.conf
After your run these two commands reboot back into Runlevel 3. You can accomplish this from the boot menu by typing
init 3 after the command: prompt
Troubleshooting - Step 4
Now we need to ensure the kernel modules are in place. If not you would e.g. get the following in your /var/log/Xorg.0.log:
(EE) fglrx(0): atiddxDriScreenInit failed, GPS not been initialized.
So to install the modules type:
It will tell you what is missing, e.g. the make package which you can install via sudo zypper in make.
# sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx -b /usr/share/doc/packages/fglrx/sax2-profile
If that didn't work for you, use this:
# sax2 -r -m 0=fglrx
sax2 is still causing blank screens and lockups update
sax2 to the latest version from the repository below and then try to run sax2 again.
Note: You may need to reboot for changes to take effect.
type: http server: ftp-linux.cc.gatech.edu directory: /pub/suse/suse/update/10.2
Reboot the machine and hopefully your back on track. Check by using the Testing section of this tuturial.
If sax2 fails when loading screen or opening test-screen, and you have "PreInitDAL failed" in the sax.log file, then check PreInitDAL failed Problem
Troubleshooting - More
More ATI driver troubleshooting steps taken from the removed ATI Driver page:
--Nick 21:30, 12 April 2007
3D will not work, even though fglrx is being loaded
Symptoms: When starting the test server in sax2, it crashes and the log contains Error: No screens found
This problem is caused by an incompatibility between the OSS Radeon driver and fglrx. Run:
$ lsmod | grep radeon
$ lsmod | grep fglrx
If both kernel modules are loaded, you'll need to remove the radeon module first with
# modprobe -r radeon
Then, reboot your system.
3D will not work for non-privileged user but works for root
The problem happened to me with fglrx 8.36.5-1.i386 fresh SUSE10.2 installation on a ATI Radeon X1300
For bash users:
look for error like
undefined symbol: __glXFindDRIScreen
libGL.so* files from
/usr/lib and replace them by sym links from
# ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so libGL.so # ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so.1 libGL.so.1 # ln -s /usr/X11R6/lib/libGL.so.1.2 libGL.so.1.2
You might have to enable POSIX shared memory also.
[fglrx] API ERROR: could not register entrypoint for...
Replace the original
[fgl_glxgears] Reports "Permission denied" when running as non-privileged user
Issue: The following output is generated when running as non-privileged user:
# fgl_glxgears Using GLX_SGIX_pbuffer FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) __FGLTexMgrCreateObject: __FGLTexMgrSHMmalloc failed!!! FGLTexMgr: open of shared memory object failed (Permission denied) ...
Resolution: Enable POSIX shared memory.
Try adding the following to
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
Then mount is using:
# mount /dev/shm
Note: This line may appear different then the other lines, but is in the right order.
--StephaneZ 18:33, 30 December 2006 (UTC)
Video Output Driver Xv Fails to play Video
There are a few causes of this ranging from ATI's driver to running
Solution: use the Video Output driver gl2.
Mplayer: $ mplayer -vo gl2 <file>
GMplayer: $ echo "vo_driver = \"gl2\"" >> .mplayer/gui.conf
Xine: $ echo "video.driver:opengl" >> .xine/config
AIGLX error __driCreateNewScreen
ATI's Driver does not support
AIGLX (unless you have an older ATI card pre-r300) at this time so stick to
Xgl. This will be removed once ATI decides to start supporting it.
If you get a error in
Xorg.0.log that looks like
(EE) AIGLX error: dlsym for __driCreateNewScreen_20050727 failed (/usr/lib/dri/fglrx_dri.so: undefined symbol: __driCreateNewScreen_20050727) (EE) AIGLX: reverting to software rendering
The solution is to type this in
Section "ServerFlags" Option "AIGLX" "off" EndSection
cp: missing destination file operand
When you run:
# ./ati-driver-installer-8.xx.xx-i386.run –buildpkg SuSE/SUSE100-IA32
you may get a message starting with:
cp: missing destination file operand after
You need to set
LC_ALL=C before the command to solve the problem
# LC_ALL=C ./ati-driver-installer-8.xx.xx-i386.run –buildpkg SuSE/SUSE100-IA32
White screen after login
Be sure that you have
PCI: prepended to the
BusID string in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf. For example:
Section "Device" Identifier "Device" Driver "fglrx" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" ...
Note: This issue has been fixed with release 8.455.2, build date February 1, 2008.
If you don't use compiz, but your system is sluggish (e.g when loading pages in Firefox X maxes out your CPU) try adding
Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf. For example:
Section "Device" Identifier "Device" Driver "fglrx" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" ...
ATI AGP Cards
If fglrx is still not working, set the AGP aperture Size in the BIOS to the size of the physical card memory.
Choppy/Poor Video Performance in applications
This has been seen on ATI RV250 (Radeon 9000 / M9) video card using default installed Radeon module OpenSUSE 11.1. Possibly because the video card has low memory (32meg). When playing any videos in Firefox and also noticed in UrbanTerror, the video is choppy, sluggish, and just plain bad. There is a simple solution, comment out all the lines in your /etc/X11/xorg.conf (should be 4) from:
"Virtual 3840 1200"
"#Virtual 3840 1200"
restart X. Enjoy your application.
ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4500 series and black screen
The Mobility RADEON 4500 series has no drivers for Linux from ATI until the moment. Following the instructions in SDB:ATI#The_repository_way the X server may not start correctly, presenting only a black screen.
It is possible to make it work disabling framebuffer in cosole, as explained in SDB:ATI/The_Hard_Way#Attention:.
More Installation Help
- The Unofficial Wiki for the ATI Linux Driver.
- A guide for openSUSE 10.2 (2007-04-20)
- New official ATI Installer instructions as of June 27, 2008
- ATI Installer HOWTO Alternative instructions to install and configure the ATI, once it was official, now can be good additional resource.
- After installing the rpm, see the README.SUSE file in
- ATi Linux Platform Bugs Help ATI evolve and shape the driver more to our needs.