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  • Proprietary ATI driver crashes.

    I'm attempting to use the proprietary ATI driver with my x86 GNU/Linux Slackware 12.2 system with a Radeon Xpress 200 integrated in the mainboard.

    I can use the system with the "radeon" driver which comes with the distro, however this only allows me to use 1024x768 -- I want to use 1280x1024, thus I installed the proprietary ATI driver.

    The installation works, however when I attempt to start X, the display turns black, the monitor says the signal is out of range, and the system is unable to reset, ctrl+alt+backspace does not work, none of the console terminals are possible to switch to, and the computer stops responding to ICMP echos -- i.e. I'm assuming it has received a kernel panic.

    If I attempt X -configure after installing the driver the procedure will fail with the error:

    Backtrace:
    0: X(xf86SigHandler+0x73) [0x80d8b5e]
    1: [0xffffe400]
    2: X(DoConfigure+0x210) [0x80bddd0]
    3: X(InitOutput+0x61a) [0x80a1f7a]
    4: X(main+0x296) [0x806dbb6]
    5: /lib/libc.so.6(__libc_start_main+0xe0) [0xb7e4d390]
    6: X(FontFileCompleteXLFD+0x20d) [0x806d121]

    I have to uninstall the fglrx driver for X -configure to work again -- as such I'm assuming that as X atttempts to use fglrx to test the X server it crashes, but does not cause a kernel panic when only using X -configure, whereas startx or runlevel 4 causes a kernel panic.

    I've tried numbers different versions of the driver now, including the most recent one, and very old ones.

    Any ideas?

  • #2
    I don't think the radeon driver should limit you to 1024x768; if you want to pastebin your log and dmesg output from radeon we can probably get that running on Slackware more easily.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bridgman View Post
      I don't think the radeon driver should limit you to 1024x768; if you want to pastebin your log and dmesg output from radeon we can probably get that running on Slackware more easily.
      I agree, the radeon driver shouldn't limit me to 1024x768, I have tried quite a few different combinations; either X won't start as there are no usable screens available, or it will start but give:

      "(EE) RADEON(0): Using VGA default."

      dmesg: http://pastebin.com/m1b922c14
      Xorg.log: http://pastebin.com/m5bef9669
      xorg.conf: http://pastebin.com/m1e9a5d72

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