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[opensuse] KDE4 desktop effects, ATI
  • From: "Jason Bailey, Sun Advocate Webmaster" <webmaster@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 21:19:57 -0700
  • Message-id: <497550ED.9050504@xxxxxxxxx>
I'm trying to get desktop effects to work in KDE 4.1.3 (openSUSE 11.1
x86_64) and not having much luck. I'm curious if any of you have have
similar hardware and are having any luck.

I have it working on a laptop with a 256 MB nVidia card, and it runs
really slick. But in the desktop, I've got a DELL Optiplex GX620, which
came with an ATI Radeon X600 video card. I've not had good luck with ATI
on Linux...

openSUSE setup detected the card and installed drivers that are fairly
satisfactory for 2D. With the desktop effects in mind, I went to and downloaded the latest Linux x86_64 driver (i.e

Once the ATI driver had installed, I ran 'aticonfig --initial' as root
and rebooted.

I tried enabling KDE 4's desktop effects and got this:

Failed to activate desktop effects using the given configuration
options. Settings will be reverted to their previous values.

Check your X configuration. You may also consider changing advanced
options, especially changing the compositing type.

I've checked my /var/log/Xorg.0.log file, which doesn't show any sort of
error that I can see. The aticonfig command reports that there is a
'fglrx' section, and I can attest to that.

This is what I have in my xorg.conf file (among a few other things, of

Section "Device"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Driver "radeon"
VendorName "ATI"
BoardName "Radeon X600 (RV370) 5B62 (PCIE)"
Option "monitor-DVI-0" "Monitor[0]"

Section "Device"
Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Driver "fglrx"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"

At this point I'm thinking that maybe my video card isn't supported, I
am missing some dependencies of some kind, or that my xorg.conf file
needs some tweaking.

Anyone willing to take a shot at this?
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