this month, i recently installed one(1) SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop(SLED) 10 and two(2) SuSE Linux Enterprise Server(SLES) 10 on identical Intel 64 (Pentium D) boxes. the mobo is an ASUS, model P5RD1-VM, with an ATI Radeon for its onboard graphics chipset, model Radeon XPRESS 200 5A61 (PCIE), and BIOS version GCC11020M.86A.1065.2006.0502.1638.
without using ATI’s official driver for Linux or tweaking the display settings during the install process, on all 3 installations both SLES 10 and SLED 10 would properly detect the graphics chipset, and supposedly configure it correctly, but will fail to display anything intelligible or discernible after the initial boot on graphical mode or on any other subsequent boots.
so here’s what you should do in case you encounter the same problem on a similar setup (when typing the commands as illustrated here, don’t include the double quotes).
- boot to any other runlevel that’s not graphical. init 3 would do. you can do this by selecting failsafe at the GRUB menu.
(this might be more of a Xorg driver for ATI chips issue rather than a distro specific one. but i can’t really tell coz i haven’t tried these machines with another distro.)
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