Ryan J Zygar ryan at
Thu Oct 30 05:52:02 UTC 2003

Just to Follow Up.
Today made a comment about NOT being able to use Fedora "out of the box"
 > RE: transition from red hat 9 to fedora
Having to install the drivers from ATI's website.
Not having to rpm -e --nodeps XFree86-Mesa-libGLU and install the the 
driver from ATI's website. Well I am very impressed with Mike Harris 
work on XFree86 and not watching DVD's on Saturday or Sunday. If you 
had a paypal account I would buy you a BEER.

So today I did all the updates. Then made sure that I installed all the 
XFree86 packages that I needed. And I have them all. I then removed the 
ATI that I had installed.

rpm -e --nodeps fglrx-glc22 to remove the old .rpm from ATI's website

I reinstalled the .rpm's that I had downloaded the XFree86 files that I 
was missing, the Mesa*.rpms, I unistalled per ATI's README.  I was 
using my Redhat modified kernel that I rebuilt to enable NTFS support 
for my work files. I JUST COPIED THE MAKEFILE FROM /boot TO .config 
/usr/src/linux* THEN WOULD make xconfig AND ENABLE NTFS.  THAT IS ALL I 
WOULD EDIT/CHANGE FOR NOW. The makefile would always rename it .custom 
so when I would make modules make modules_install it would not change 
the existing modules build.


So when I rebooted today into the newest kernel, I got a prompt to 
config my Radeon card I enable it that is the prompt. Then on to XFree 
and so I chose the Video Card Radeon 9600 and the Monitor Viewsonic 
PF790 and Video Setting 1280X1024. It continues to GREAT fedora login. 
I login and as Gnome starts to load _CRASH_ the machine just hangs.


I go back through load all the kernels that I have the default kernel 
that have been through Fedora core I have kept around just out of 
laziness. So I load up the old default I believe foo.2110.nptl

Login screen login/password Gnome starts loading.... STOP! It hangs 
mouse is dead machine is dead no CNTRL-ALT-DEL either. HUNG.


Load back in and CNTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE 6 times to break out of the GDM. 
Console is just fine. PROMPTED that X will restart in 2 minutes. I 
delete XFConfig to buy sometime. Crazy enough it doesn't detect the 
card. Used a VESA driver edited the PROMPTS from redhat-config-xfree 
(KILLER APP BTW) Select Radeon 9600 and Viewsonic PF790 and it writes 
the file /etc/X11/XFconfig of course and restarts X (GREAT JOB REDHAT). 
Login and start up as soon as the Gnome Dialog comes up no Icons stream 
across and HUNG!


No matter what I try I cannot get it to work this way.

So here is what I have tried:

insmod radeon
insmod radeonfb

The VESA driver works fine and I can use that but then I have 800x600 
display and like 50HZ of refresh. So you know that I didn't buy the 
card for that :-)

What on earth can this be I wonder? My machine is broken.

I figure remove the MESA* stuff reload the glrx-glc22*rpm from ATI and 
just try again.

MB: ASUS A7N8X - Recent Bios Updates
RAM: 512MB DDR (2x256)

Default Fedora Kernal(s) and XFree.

Thank you,
Ryan Zygar


On Oct 28, 2003, at 5:18 PM, Ryan J. Zygar wrote:

> updated Fedora Core system with the ATI Radeon 9600 and drivers from 
> the
> ATI website for XFree86 4.3 after every kernel update I run the .rpm
> file from ATI's site to make sure that it is installed correctly. I 
> have
> to as the ethernet card on the ASUS A78X has the nforce2 chipset and 
> the
> onboard ethernet takes a driver from the website at so I do
> it for both the ethernet and the ATI video card. Well since the dawn of
> this machine tuxracer has never been able to work correctly as it wants
> the MESA .rpm file or something as when I remove it no OpenGL program
> will run. Anyone else with this problem? The reason that it will not 
> run
> as it cannot find the libraries for OpenGL. is removed.
> If I reinstall XFree86-Mesa-libGLU-4.3.0-42 then it runs slower than
> anything I have ever seen.
> Please help.
> Thank you,
> Ryan Zygar
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