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Old 12-06-2008, 01:21 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by dv502 View Post
I've used the intel driver in arch a while back and had no issues. I had direct rendering and 3D acceleration and was able to run compiz with the onboard intel card.

I recently installed a nvidia card, because I needed some additional features only available from the proprietary nvidia driver.

I am running arch from a desktop as oppose to a laptop. Sorry, I couldn't be more helpful.
I had Arch in 5 or 6 different machines, including 2 laptops. Never an issue with basic stuff like video, internet, or wireless.
Old 12-07-2008, 09:12 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by pixellany View Post
Getting the right graphics driver is pretty much independent of the distro. The graphics driver is used by X-Windows, and the procedure is pretty basic: Install driver, edit xorg.conf.

Even with something needing a kernel module (eg NVidia), the procedure is pretty straightforward.

As a card-carrying distro-hopper, you are vulnerable to the pitfall of changing distros to solve configuration issues. Sometimes you get lucky, but more often you will wind up chasing your tail and never learning what the basic issue was.
The general rule is: When something does not work, switching distros should be the last fix attempted.

the card driver is the reason for most issues ,
Incidently i have seen peeps in here posting their xorg.conf ... saying my NV card doesn't work , well no wonder .. Duh.. the - driver line in Xorg .. "Driver" " nvidea" and the "drivers :Aiglx" are not compatible ... you need "driver" "fglrx" in your device listing
Aiglx is an ATI method .. not Nvidea's/ file . so if you change cards ,, change the xorg file, and
the fglrx is ATI too....sooo here is a copy of My Xorg file that does work , for fed 9 ,duall monitor ,, ATI card , dual head
\ NOTE /// although , max res is 1280 x 1024 , for both monitors .... set each monitor as 1024 x 768.... the reason for this is the drivers tries to drive the DVI over board on the resolve . iffunc max[] function ,and you wil get an error

so dont .....Here is the ATI working model for 2 x 17 inch monitors , running on an ATI 9550 card .for ATI drivers [driver is from ati/amd/org . ver 8.11 ]
note . section modules is my add ...[ the default is empty area]


ection "ServerLayout"
Identifier "aticonfig Layout"
Screen 0 "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0" 0 0
Screen "aticonfig-Screen[0]-1" LeftOf "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
Option "DualHead" "true"
Option "Clone" "off"

Section "Files"

Section "Module"
Load "extmod"
Load "dbe"
Load "freetype"
Load "dri"
Load "v4l"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
DisplaySize 340 270
HorizSync 30.0 - 83.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0
Option "DPMS" "true"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-1"
Option "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
Option "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
DisplaySize 340 270
HorizSync 30.0 - 83.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 75.0
Option "DPMS" "true"

Section "Device"
Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Driver "fglrx"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Screen 0

Section "Device"
Identifier "aticonfig-Device[0]-1"
Driver "fglrx"
BusID "PCI:1:0:1"
Screen 1

Section "Screen"
Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-0"
Device "aticonfig-Device[0]-0"
Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "aticonfig-Screen[0]-1"
Device "aticonfig-Device[0]-1"
Monitor "aticonfig-Monitor[0]-1"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 1024 0
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0660

END -----------------------------------------------------

Note .. you do need the DPMS info . and also to NOT run Screen Resolution at max rate for it to work , else if , you may have issues of the DVI bus clock rate out of range
IE: if max range is 1280 x 1024 ... && do else at 1024 x 768 for both till the driver is fixed ..

also note .. the loaded driver is fglrx . not radeon ... radeon is a legacy mode driver/// not gonna work , peeps pay attention here

and device names , can be different . not as mine ,, but syntax must be concurrent,
so check it if you change this example , as a template .. ok

Always back up any file We tell you to change , [ we arent perfect ]
I grant you the same courtesy

have fun

hope this helps


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