11.2 Howto for ATI Xpress 200m cards
This is a beta howto everything works but we still have issues in several areas. We need further feed back from other owners of the xpress 200m.
Quick install tipsfor those having issues
1. Make sure grub is installing to either MBR or a partion of your choosing.
2. If the install fails go back and on the screen that asks if its a fresh install, upgrade, etc: Un-check automated configuration option
This should get you through a installation on a xpress 200m
After the fresh install has finished you should get a black screen of death on any system running a Xpress 200m, but if you don't get one it is time to take a victory lap as you are one of the few the lucky and I hate you. It's not personal you under stand.
At start once you reach grube erase the kernel boot options and put this very advanced start option in.
Hit enter and wait until it asks you for your login name. Enter your login and password then enter super user mode.
You will be asked for the root password. Enter it then enter kdm assuming of course that your now in root/super user mode. Now the kdm should come up login normally and everything should work just fine. (wireless, sound, etc. This isn't the case if you just type startx after login in as just a user)
Once you have entered kde do a few tests to see that everything is working. (Sound, wireless, etc)
Xorg preparatory steps:
1. Enter a super user file manager window (you can find them under system in the start menu)
2. Go to /etc/X11 and remove all xorg.conf, xorg.conf.install and back them up in your home folder. I would also tar.gz them and rename the compressed file to hide them from the system.
3. Open a terminal and Enter su mode once there enter
Once you have entered init 3 it is time to run sax2
Sax2 -r -m 0=ati
I had to reinstall the kdm to get a good boot up. I also have to remove the kernel boot options before starting.
If this doesn't work the first time do it again this time from startup don't enter init 5 just login and enter su and run sax2 with the same options.
Once this is done you will have a brad new xorg.conf file. Repeat the init 3 and kdm steps to login again. You will get one normal startup after every time you do the init 3 and kdm startup don't ask me why. Would love to know myself, my more advanced linux friends think kdm has a permission issue.
Steve Barrell Reports that he updated his xorg files from the repo's and has completed 9 startups with no further kdm issues.
I haven't been able to repeat this fix so I would ask that those brave enough try it and let us know if it works.
So far, so good. I have just rebooted 9 times and without an xorg.conf in
certainly come to my aid and hopefully you and others too !
Add this repo and in yast gui mode, click the "Repositories" tab, then
select the new repo by name (I called mine simply "X11 - Xorg"). Just above
the package list pane, click "Switch system packages to the versions in this
repository (repo name)" and note that all the xorg-x11-* packages will be
selected for installation. While the versions of the packages are lower than
the released versions, perhaps this was intentional, Proceed to install the
selected packages. I suggest you also rename out of the way or delete
/etc/X11/xorg.conf . When the package installations have completed, reboot.
If you get the same result as I did, you should have a working X session and
be able to login as normal.
Remember Safe mode has been working for most users because it uses the Vesa Driver, this how to is to test the and use the radeon driver hence the instructions above.