First, I swapped out my Radeon 4870 with an older 3870.
I downloaded Catalyst 8.6 (http://ati.amd.com/support/drivers/linux64/previous/linux64-rf-cat86.html) and installed it. Then I ran "aticonfig --initial" and rebooted the system. When the system rebooted the cursor was fixed in the middle of a black screen and the system was frozen. I rebooted in "safe mode" and ran "fglrx-uninstall.sh". Back to where I began!
I'm using openSuSE 10.2 + HP w/Core 2 quadcore.
What am I doing wrong?
PS> I haven't been successful with any combination of Radeon 4870 or 3870 + Catalyst 8.6, 8.7, or 8.8 + openSuSE 10.2 or 11.0!