ATI Livna driver package (Something has changed)

Claude Jones claude_jones at
Tue Aug 30 04:53:18 UTC 2005

On Mon August 29 2005 1:57 pm, Claude Jones wrote:
> On Monday 29 August 2005 11:46 am, Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
> > Am Montag, den 29.08.2005, 01:14 -0400 schrieb Claude Jones:
> > > I just downloaded and installed the new kernel, and rebooted. No
> > > problem. During reboot, I got the expected message that my NTFS driver
> > > failed to load because of the missing kernel-module. I was expecting a
> > > similar message from ati-fglrx but no, no message. When I go to system
> > > settings/more system settings and click on the ATI-fglrx settings, the
> > > GUI opens right up - in times past, I would get the missing
> > > kernel-module message on reboot for ATI-fglrx
> >
> > This should still be the case. If not check if /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx is
> > still enabled. If yes, then please post the output of
> >
> > /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx start
> > /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx stop
> [root at viewridgeproductions cj]# chkconfig --list ati-fglrx
> ati-fglrx       0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
> [root at viewridgeproductions cj]# /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx start
> Checking for ati-fglrx kernel module                       [FAILED]
> fglrx.ko module for 2.6.12-1.1447_FC4 kernel not found
> DRI will not work within X with the ati-fglrx driver. Get
> an updated/suitable 'kernel-module-fglrx-<kernelver>' rpm
> from
> [root at viewridgeproductions cj]# /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx stop
> > >  and the settings GUI wouldn't open or would open with errors.
> >
> > Maybe ATI changed something and it works now without the kernel-module?
> [root at viewridgeproductions cj]# service ati-fglrx status
> Init-Script is not running.
> fglrx driver is enabled.
> I opened the GUI and manipulated the color sliders, and they definitely
> adjusted the screen???
> > >  What
> > > gives - did I miss something? Is an updated kernel module no longer
> > > necessary for the ATI driver from Livna?
> >
> > The X-Server will work fine without the kernel-module (a updated modules
> > hopefully are pushed soon), but 3D-Support won't work.
> This I knew. I was puzzled by the lack of messages on boot-up. I still
> am... Could the ATI GUI be adjusting the video even if the fglrx driver is
> not running?

Just to follow this up: I just did a confirm boot or whatever it's called, 
pressing 'i' at the point where the kernel is being unpacked. The ntfs file 
system mount was rejected due to the lack of a current module. When it got to 
the ati-fglrx driver, it loaded with no error message. It used to return a 
message after it checked for the current module - it's not doing that, even 
though I have the latest kernel, and the previous kernel module. This is 
going on on two separate machines. The driver seems to be loaded, and the ATI 
GUI control window comes up and the various functions work. I'm running the 
Radeon 9200SE card on both machines - both machines seem to be running 3D. 
Strange... The messages above were for my machine at the office. Below are 
the same commands run on this machine, in my home:
[root at viewridgeproductions2 cj]# service ati-fglrx status
Init-Script is running.
[root at viewridgeproductions2 cj]# chkconfig --list ati-fglrx
ati-fglrx       0:off   1:off   2:on    3:on    4:on    5:on    6:off
[root at viewridgeproductions2 cj]# /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx start
[root at viewridgeproductions2 cj]# /etc/init.d/ati-fglrx stop
[root at viewridgeproductions2 cj]#

As you can see, there appears to be no response to the start/stop commands on 
this machine. The one at the office returned a [Failed] message when I tried 
to start the driver after checking for the module, so the behavior isn't 

Claude Jones
Bluemont, VA, USA

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