Sony PCG-FX370 laptop and Linux
Please excuse my ignorance, but I would like to begin using and taking advantage of Linux. I was given a used Sony PCG-FX370 laptop with a bad power cable. I think I've fixed the power cable. The computer hardware is respectable; 1G PIII proc, 256M RAM, 18G hard drive, DVD/CDRW drive, modem, NIC etc. I am fairly profficient with windows and DOS, but that and 3.25 will get you a cup of Joe in Linux world I see.
I installed Debian 3.0r4 a couple times before I realized that the video driver section is what is causing me grief. The computer appears to be running, but I can't get into a GUI and frankly, since I don't sit around pounding out bits on computers I can't figure this one out. I can get to s screen that tells me what appears to be wrong. After a lot of relevant, but not necessarily meaningful code I see (EE) Unable to open /dev/agpart (No such device). Further down I see (II) I810(0) Not using default mode "1024x768" (unknown reason) amidst other unused 'profiles' (if you will). This is the native resolution of my screen. At the bottom I see Fatal server error:
AddScreen/ScreenInit failed for driver 0.
Sorry to make this so long. I can give details, I can fish around in files and I can make changes, but I have no idea where to start to fix this and make the machine work in a meaningful way to me.
Anyone? Beuler? Beuler?
I'd sure appreciate a kick start.