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:
0: X(xf86SigHandler+0x73) [0x80d8b5e]
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.
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:
Originally Posted by bridgman
"(EE) RADEON(0): Using VGA default."