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Old 07-13-2006, 11:37 AM   #1
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Need distro to support unknown Video Card


I have an old Pentium III gateway box (E-3400 series) that I need to set up as a basic web server. It was origionally running windows 2000, then switched over to Mandrake several years ago. When I got it, I decided to upgrade to Suse 9.

I booted off the Suse 9 disk and everything goes swimmingly until it loads x-manager. As soon as that happens, the display starts wigging out. The issue is obviously the version of X not being able to cope with the graphics card. The problem is that it is integrated graphics and I have no idea what the make or model is to try and load up the right drivers.

So.... Talking with someone, they mentioned that Suse may have switched X managers for release 9 and that might be the problem. Any thoughts to this? I know it had an older version of Mandrake working earlier, so a version somewhere does support it. So before I go start downloading random distros and trying to install them, does anyone have any advice where to start?
 
Old 07-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #2
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I would download a Knoppix Live CD and pop that in the drive. Then reboot and when it loads, type lspci which should give you some hardware information. Scan it for something that looks like a video card (VGA blah blah is usually a giveaway). Then when you see what it is named, try lsmod and look for a module with a similar name.

The bottom line is that if you can boot it into gui with Knoppix, it's supported.

Oh, and the x wigging out could also be related to the settings in X for the monitor...
 
Old 07-13-2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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Try to get any distro to boot in text mode, then edit /etc/xorg.conf as root, find section "Device" and replace driver with "vesa".
 
Old 07-13-2006, 02:34 PM   #4
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well knoppix loaded without a hitch. Using the lspci command I get that it is a "VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82815 CGC (rev 02)"
 
Old 07-13-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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From google it looks like it's an onboard Intel i81X series video controller and should use the i810 module. If you type lsmod (that's LSMOD), look for a module called "i810" if it's there, then that's the one you'll want to use when installing your distro. Or as raskin said, most supported video cards will work with the VESA driver.
 
Old 07-14-2006, 12:45 AM   #6
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Yes, and driver should probably be i810 - if you try to set it up. By the way, have you read man xorg.conf? If yes, you know that you can set up your vesa, prepare your i810 section, and then switch them with changing one line. So you will be able to google comfortably (run browser in vesa mode) and then test (changing the line you need to change and one more) quicker.
 
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Yes, and driver should probably be i810 - if you try to set it up. By the way, have you read man xorg.conf? If yes, you know that you can set up your vesa, prepare your i810 section, and then switch them with changing one line. So you will be able to google comfortably (run browser in vesa mode) and then test (changing the line you need to change and one more) quicker.
thanks guys. No I haven't read the man xorg.conf yet. I just managed to get it to load far enough to even see a console with the Knoppix live cd. I spent the rest of the day today downloading and burning the Fedora 5 isos so tomorrow I will install that and mess with the Xman stuff.
 
Old 07-14-2006, 02:26 PM   #8
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well.... Fedora 5 installed without a hitch. I guess Suse didn't have that module included in the package or didn't default to it for some reason. Everything is now up and running just fine.

Thanks again.
 
  


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