I have the exact same issue as do many other people. Can't understand why it runs for some and for some not.
The Catalyst 9.8 runs fine (64 bit system). With opensuse 11.1 and with a litte patching also on opensuse 11.2. I tried a HD3870 and a HD4850. Bot no go.
Catalyst 9.9, 9.10 and the beta 9.11 crash on loading X. They install fine and a modprobe on fglrx loads the module. X still crashes.
I and several others have reported it on many sites. As there is no obvious place to report it. I don't know what to do.
Hopefully someone from ATI reads this or maybe someone knows where to report this error.
Internet links that i know of:
This is about patching the old 9.8 since the new ones dont work: