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Old 09-23-2003, 04:38 AM   #1
miskinis
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xfree 4.3.0 and Thinkpad 560 - need x config!


Hi Folks,

I put Redhat 9 on my thinkpad 560 tonight, and it uses
XFree 4.3.0 for which I cannot find an XF86Config file for. The
redhat-config-xfree86 also seg faults.

After hours of searching, I found some info about someone
using debian, that gave up and reverted to XFree 3.something,
as they could not get 4.3.0 to work either.

Has anyone, by chance, got a working config for 4.3.0?

Thanks, John
 
Old 09-24-2003, 03:28 AM   #2
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I recently installed a base Debian woody on an IBM Thinkpad 380XD and once I got my nic working I upgraded it to Sid.

I'll have to wait till I get home to check and see what version of X I have!
 
Old 09-24-2003, 03:20 PM   #3
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you could always try

XFree86 -configure

it configures everything for you (or should)
 
Old 09-24-2003, 07:49 PM   #4
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already tried that :(

Hi,

Thanks, but I already tried the XFree86 -configure command.

I'm going to persue this with the XFree org folks, if I don't
get a reply from someone who has gotten a Thinkpad 560
to worl with XFree86 4.3.0

It's really a shame, since all the new distributions seem to
provide that version of XFree86.

I have 2 of these "old" laptops, one with DSTN and one with
TFT screen.

John
 
Old 09-25-2003, 10:26 AM   #5
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You can always switch to debian, xfree 4.1 (changed to arch for that...)
 
Old 09-25-2003, 07:03 PM   #6
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Hi,

Well, I'm not sure if debian is a viable option, since my
laptop has no builtin CDROM, and I have to persue
an install via a backpack (parallel port) CDROM.

I know I could do a net install, but I not always have a
connection available. I have to be in a position to be
able to re-install with "what I have with me", if the system
gets "hosed".

I contacted the XFree86 org mailing list, and someone
pointed me to some new drivers (built from CVS) that
may work for 4.3.0, so that is the path I am going to try next.

I hope to be able to try this in the 24 hours..


John
 
Old 10-06-2003, 02:47 PM   #7
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Hi Folks,

Just a followup: I managed to run X 4.3.0 on my thinkpad 560E, by
changing the driver from "trident" to "vesa".

There appear to be trident issues with 4.3.0 , and the newer trident
driver and server I tried (built from CVS), did not fix the problem.

On a side note, running Redhat 9 and Mandrake 9.1 was so painfully
slow, I reverted back to Redhat 7.1 on the machine. It may be possible
to trim down those newer dists to run "decently" on a 133MHz/40MB RAM
machine, but after several hours of whittling, I could not gain significant
performance.

It appears that LINUX is bloating a bit in newer dists, so if you have an
"old" machine like my 560E, do yourself a favor, and use an older dist!
(I use a 2.4.9-12 kernel though, which supports bpck6/pcd)

John
 
Old 11-04-2003, 04:54 PM   #8
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Hi John,

Per your last message I see that you too have a pcd working with your box.
I would like to know if you have a printer chained to your BackPack (as I do), and in this case if you have gone through the problem of not being able to mount the CD, or to reach a reasonable transfer rate, after printing something. In my case it seems that there is a conflict in the parallel port access...

Thnx in advance.

Marcelo
 
Old 11-05-2003, 06:12 AM   #9
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nope, never used a printer on LINUX

Hi,

No. I have never chained any parallel port device to the
backpack CDROM device. In fact, I've never used a printer
at all on LINUX.

John
 
  


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