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ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Barry_R on Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:23 pm

When I first installed Mint there was an icon on the task bar that allowed me to install the ATI driver. But when I installed it and rebooted I got a blank white screen right after the login. I had to switch to a safeboot to disable the driver but I would like to use it if it can be made to work.

I am new to Linux and have no Idea how to make this driver work with my ATI 9800 Pro Video Card. Can someone help me with this?
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Husse on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:07 am

Well you have already discovered how to solve this kind of situation
This is probably an issue with the version of the driver
First of turn off Compiz - in Control Center > Simple Compiz config and/or Appeareance (main edition - you do not tell us which version you have)
Then use Envy to uninstall the driver and to install a new driver. First automatic install - if that fails remove + manual install with an older driver
I can't remember how well the 9800 works under Linux and it is not a very new card - you may even need the legacy driver
If Envy fails use the graphics mode you have now for a while and post back and we'll help you more
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby zorrich on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:15 am

Hi,

I have a 9800 XT pro and got it to work yesterday using the ati drivers right from their site. I followed the following advice I got from a Ubuntu forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5748110)

"Good news for the people suffering this problem. In a last attempt, I found the - very simple - solution.

1. Ati released a new driver for the card which can be downloaded from their site.

2. sudo sh file-of-the-driver.run

3. Reboot - maybe this is not necessary

4. sudo aticonfig --initial

5. Reboot and enable compiz-fusion "

Just FYI, I did not reboot in step 3. Not sure if this will help you, but figured I'd post my solution.
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Husse on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:42 am

@ zorrich
So this is one of the "bad ATI guys"?
New(er) ATI cards works now about as well as nvidia (with the exception of a bug the hits some cards) but older ones are still tricky
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Barry_R on Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:30 pm

Thanks for the responses to my issue.

I have tried everything posted here and some things from other sources. I have read the Ubuntu forum aswell and feel their frustration over this issue.

To date I have had some minor successes. I no longer get the white screen at bootup but If i turn on Compiz it all goes white. I can also get a desktop cube but it is white on all sides, slow and choppy when manipulated. Furthermore I can get the ATI Config menu item to appear but it only allows me to make very simple changes, things like anti-aliasing ect. are disabled.

Some frustrated people on the Ubuntu forum are blaming ATI for these issues but I must disagree with this because of the following test results with another distro.

I created a live CD of Mandriva Spring 2008 and booted it up. To my surpize my ATI 9800 Pro worked perfectly. Wobbly Windows the Desktop Cube is clean and manipulates as smooth as silk, everything works correctly. So my conclusion is that the ATI 9800 pro card works perfectly with Compiz provided that the correct driver is installed and that the configuration file is setup properly. I do not know how Mandriva configures itself or what software they are using.

I think that there is sufficient evidence that shows that neither EnvyNG nor the Linux Mint hardware installed are able to properly configure the system for some cards. If Mandriva can do it right from a live CD then so can Mint and Ubuntu. I as a linux noob do not have the knowledge required to investigate what the Mandriva Live CD is doing right. Perhaps someone with greater knowledge would like to have a look at how theirs works. I would sure like to know and I am sure I am not alone.
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Husse on Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:58 am

Kernel issue perhaps
In Mandriva could you run
uname -r
and tell us which kernel version it is
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Barry_R on Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:40 am

Mandriva is using 2.6.24.4-desktop586-1mnb

fglrxinfo

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON 9800 PRO
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7412 Release

X -version

X.Org X Server 1.4.0.90
Release Date: 5 September 2007
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0

Xorg.conf

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Ctrl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
#DontZoom # disable <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer
Load "dri" # direct rendering
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Plug'n Play"
ModelName "SyncMaster"
HorizSync 30-81
VertRefresh 56-75
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
BoardName "ATI Radeon 9500 to Radeon X1050"
Driver "fglrx"
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection

Hope there is something here that stands out Husse.
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby Husse on Fri Oct 10, 2008 7:12 am

The Section "Module" catches my attention
If you add it to the Mint xorg.conf (the v4l bit depends on if you have that in Mint or not) there may be some change
and your Mandriva is using an older kernel - 2.6.24.4
Perhaps it is more friendly to your fairly old card, but I know people use it without (major) problems in Elyssa and Daryna
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Re: ATI Driver-White Blank Screen

Postby swedrei on Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:04 am

zorrich wrote:Hi,

I have a 9800 XT pro and got it to work yesterday using the ati drivers right from their site. I followed the following advice I got from a Ubuntu forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=5748110)

"Good news for the people suffering this problem. In a last attempt, I found the - very simple - solution.

1. Ati released a new driver for the card which can be downloaded from their site.

2. sudo sh file-of-the-driver.run

3. Reboot - maybe this is not necessary

4. sudo aticonfig --initial -f

5. Reboot and enable compiz-fusion "

Just FYI, I did not reboot in step 3. Not sure if this will help you, but figured I'd post my solution.


I had the exact same problem. I mainly did the same as zorrich (but uninstalled old ati drivers first) and then installed
them again the way zorrich explained, but with "-f".
for me, with -f it worked. otherwise try fail-gnome during login (click on session) and install another driver..
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