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Problems with ATI fglrx drivers

Postby HackerAC88 on Mon May 16, 2011 4:51 am

Hi all. Yesterday, as you know, have been released a new version of fglrx drivers. I was updating all of them, and when I reboot my computer, surprise! I couldn't login again. The x-server has gone :(

Can anybody help me with this problem? Thanks a lot.
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Re: Problems with ATI fglrx drivers

Postby Roken on Mon May 16, 2011 5:21 am

Boot recovery mode, login to the console and:

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sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak


Once done, reboot and you should get to your desktop using the free drivers. I usually install ATI drivers wiith sgfxi, part of the http://smxi.org/ package. It looks complicated but read through and go slowly, and you should be OK.
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Re: Problems with ATI fglrx drivers

Postby aljoriz on Mon May 16, 2011 5:33 am

Sadly when you update the linux kernels you have to refresh your xserver.
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Re: Problems with ATI fglrx drivers

Postby xircon on Mon May 16, 2011 5:46 am

I know this is not much consolation but the update went OK for me. My card is a Mobility Radeon HD5000 series. Here is my xorg.conf in case it helps, note I had to comment out the BusID to get it to work:
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# NOXORGCONFEXISTED: No X.org configuration file existed when this backup was created.

Section "Device"
   Driver   "fglrx"
   #BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
   Identifier "Card0"
   Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    DefaultDepth     24
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
   Option      "Composite"   "enable"
#   Option      "RENDER"   "disable"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier     "Mouse0"
    Driver         "synaptics"
    Option   "TapButton1" "1"
    Option   "TapButton2" "2"
    Option   "TapButton3" "3"
    Option   "VertTwoFingerScroll" "on"
    Option   "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "on"
EndSection
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Re: Problems with ATI fglrx drivers

Postby h2-1 on Mon May 16, 2011 8:50 pm

Please note, the new inxi, 1.4.98 and later, offer, finally, the pci bus id for graphics cards with -Gx

that's precisely so you can diagnose incorrect busids in xorg.conf. By happy chance, I changed mobos on one system after doing that update to inxi, and got to actually use the feature to find out why x was failing to start, sure enough, wrong pci bus id.

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inxi -Gx
Graphics:  Card: nVidia G86 [GeForce 8400 GS] bus-ID: 02:00.0 X.Org 1.7.7 Res: 2560x1024@50.0hz
           GLX Renderer GeForce 8400 GS/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW! GLX Version 3.3.0 NVIDIA 270.29 Direct Rendering Yes


By the way, you can see if you have the old or new inxi by this: if it says busID: then you have the old one, for say audio or network card, if it says: bus-ID: you have the new up to date version.
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