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    Default Graphics problems with Radeon HD 3870

    Hello! I decided to try BT, and from using the live CD, it seems pretty awesome. After installing in safe graphics mode (any other mode gives me a black screen and a "Not Recommended Mode" on my SyncMaster) I booted to a non-graphical login prompt that was like good ol' Slackware. From there, I logged in as me, and tried starting X. Well, lo-and-behold, no X for me, I have the same problem as I did without the safe graphics mode. I checked my Xorg.conf, and, well, it's without decent information. I configured one with Xorg, (X still wouldn't work) so I modified it to specify my resolution (which didn't work either) and from there, got kind of desperate and installed fglrx (which should work with the kernel and Xorg version, methinks) and ran my aticonfig --initial to no avail. I still get a screenful of nothing when I start X and I'm not sure what to do. It worked fine in safe graphics mode. When I installed Ubuntu 8.10, I had to use safe mode, but then it worked on the first boot, and the streched, fuzzy resolution issues fixed themselves with the introduction of the fglrx driver. Why is this not working? I usually don't manually configure X or anything, so I'd appreciate help from anyone.

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    Just use the vesa driver.

    Code:
    rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf;cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    startx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_GrEeN View Post
    Just use the vesa driver.

    Code:
    rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf;cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa /etc/xorg.conf
    startx
    GOLF!
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa > /etc/xorg.conf && startx
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    How did you install the ATI driver?

    Did you pay attention if there've been any issues during the installation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitsnik View Post
    GOLF!
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa > /etc/xorg.conf && startx
    lol !!!

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    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa > /etc/xorg.conf && startx
    firstly, shouldn't that be
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa > /etc/X11/xorg.conf && startx
    I did look at the results of my proprietary driver install, but didn't save any output, just glanced at it, and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. I performed the install by terminal, because I have no X. I didn't notice anything out of order, but if this for any reason does not work, I will reinstall and 2 > to a file. I do not need the fglrx driver for the back track partition, it was just a long shot at getting the graphics to work.

    Thank you VERY much for responding so quickly and well. I rarely have such a good experience with forums in general. Should I have any more questions, or find other questions to answer, I'll prefer this forum over others, undoubtedly.

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    You know that there is the ATI driver in the repository especially created to run with BT out of the box?

    A simple
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    apt-get install ati-driver
    should be sufficient.
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