Phortunate the Phoronix Phaggots knew what to do. ATI has had a horrible problem with their drivers in 64bit mode since day one. I’m working on a Dual Core Pentium 4 64bit with an ATI x600 Radeon card here. OpenSuSE 11.1 is a dream but has it’s share of bugs. Ah, the joys of operating system maintenence. Anyway, turns out that whatever you do with the ATI drivers, you end up with /usr/lib/dri. This is full of fail. You want to remove this directory and link ./usr/lib64/dri to here.
Special thanks to the Phoronix Crew.