Solution for Google Earth Hanging on Mandriva 2008 with ATI video cards

6 01 2008

Solution for Google Earth Hanging on Mandriva 2008 with ATI video cards (Prior to ATI driver 8.44 — see note below)

There is an issue with from the ATI Library files with Google Earth. For anyone experiencing issues with Google Earth hanging on the splash screen with Mandriva, the solution suggested on the Mandriva forums is to “download the package at and to rename it as The package should be placed in the Google Earth directory.” Depending on how you installed Google Earth; the default directory is located in /usr/lib/googleearth if you installed it through urpmi or Mandriva’s GUI install (rpmdrake). If you installed Google Earth manually running the bin file, the likely directories would be either /home/google-earth or /opt/google-earth.

Download the file:

Rename the file:


Update the file name database:

sudo updatedb

Search for the googleearth directory:

locate googleearth

Move the file to the googleearth library (modify the path if your installation is elsewhere):

mv /usr/lib/googleearth

Change the ownership and group to root (again modify the path if necessary)

chown root:root /usr/lib/googleearth/

Kill sudo:

sudo -k

Test Google Earth:


Note: Since ATI driver 8.44 this isn’t necessary, Google Earth will actually crash if you’ve already applied this method, simply rename to something like and Google Earth will function properly.

sudo mv /usr/lib/googleearth/ /usr/lib/googleearth/

This was the case on my laptop. Unfortunately, the old desktop equipped with an AGP ATI 9550, which I posted this from is have issues with the new driver and is defaulting to mesa – I’m currently looking for a fix. :P

–update: We’ll after reinstalling the fglrx drivers a few times, Mesa moved out of the way and everything seems back to normal now.


OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: ATI Radeon 9550 / X1050 Series
OpenGL version string: 2.1.7170 Release

While this maybe outdated for those using the latest updates, it still may server some purpose for anyone sticking with older packages because of the previous paragraph. I had the article typed up already, so I posted it … I then upgraded the packages today and it’s apparently irrelevant now.

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3 responses

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