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Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux
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Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux

Mark et al,

I'd like to come to the install fest and get some help but, I live in Chicago
(but I like this mailing list better :@))

I'm using a Matrox G400 card, linux does recognize it. Because when I run
Xconfigurator it probes the card, and knows it's a G400.

When I do a rpm --version XFree86, I get RPM version 3.0.4 (maybe I should
upgrade (but I couldn't find the RPMs))

I got the impression (from the XFree86 page) that frame buffer was a substitute
for XF86Setup and xvidtune.  And as you say, I'd have to compile framebuffer
support into my kernel in order to use it.

points 2,3,4 kinda go over my head.

What's IF and LERT????


Jay Strauss
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(c) 312.617.0264

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Kim" <mkkim@ucdavis.edu>
To: <vox-tech@franz.mother.com>
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux

> This sounds like something you have to fiddle with (not something
> that can be figured out by e-mail.)  You may want to bring your
> system to the Installfest this Sunday.  But from the messages, it sounds
> like:
>    1. You need to recompile the kernel with framebuffer capabilities
>       turned on.  I've seen Mandrake Linux come with a separate kernel
>       with this feature turned on, and they call it "vmlinuz-fb" or
>       something.
>       If I understand framebuffer thing correctly, it's a way to use
>       graphics under videocards that are not supported by XFree86.
>       It's a generic SVGA driver that requires kernel support and it's
>       not very fast.  That's my understanding anyway.
>    2. Run linux with the "vga=792" option.  You can do this at Lilo
>       prompt by typing "linux vga=792" (assuming you can boot framebuffer
>       enabled Linux kernel by typing "linux").
>    3. Before running X, type "fbset -x".  To prevent X from running,
>       type "linux 3 vga=792" instead of "linux vga=792" (at least that
>       works on RedHat and its derivatives, and again, assuming you can
>       boot framebuffer enabled Linux kernel by typing "linux").
>    4. Edit /etc/X11/XF86Config (or wherever XF86Config file is).
>       Modify the "Monitor" and "Screen" sections in XF86Config to look
>       like the ones on the message.
>    5. Log in, type "startx" to start X.
> I *think* that's what the message is saying, but I'm not entirely
> sure.  You might be able to do it without all this hassle, since it sounds
> like the guy in the message was also trying to get his video card to work,
> and that's why he needed to enable framebuffer and all that (in which case
> you just need to do #4 above and restart X.)
> If nothing works and no other ideas come up, there's always IF and
> LERT.  I'm sure *someone* can figure it out...
> -Mark
> ---
> Mark K. Kim
> http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
> PGP key available upon request.

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