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I recently built a new box from scraps and decided to install Debian on it. I cannot seems to get a decent display out of it regardless of the configuration (resolution, refresh, colors, etc) I use. I also tried entering all the v&h sync rates for the monitor as they are listed from the Mfg as well as trying "simple" and "medium" settings.
It looks as though everything is severely blurry AND slightly overlapping. It's almost like it runs over the edges of the screen and then back on itself (the overlapping). I realize this is difficult to explain but does anyone have an idea here? I do not have another video card to try.
2MB (I think) Trident PCI video
WD 4GB IDE drive
15 inch CTX 1451es monitor
Could you post the relevant sections from the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file? It's hard to give any useful tips otherwise... Maybe also from /var/log/XFree86.0.log, if it contains any warnings or errors ( (WW) or (EE) lines ).
You could try to add as much standard video modes as possible to the /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file, then when X loads and the screen is blurred you can change to other modes by pressing CTRL+ALT+minus and CTRL+ALT+plus, there must surely be some that work...
More or less like this:
Device "Radeon" # put the "Identifier" field's value from the "Device" section here!
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480" "800x600" "320x240"
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "640x480" "320x240" "800x600"
Or try other "DefaultDepth" values... (=#bits per pixel) (24, 16, or even 8)