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Old 02-21-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
movemaine
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Display error - dpkg reconfigure not working


OK,
I just installed Debian 5.0 for powerpc on a ibook powerpc 600mhz 256mb ram.

The display is showing smaller than the screen size (about 2/3) oriented to the left. To the right is black and the extra below mirrors the top portion of the window. I would take a screenshot, however it only shows the active display window not the entire screen.

I went to the root terminal and tried dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
However, that never brought up anything to do with display, only keyboard functions.

My xorg:

Quote:
# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
BusID "PCI:0:16:0"
Option "UseFBDev" "true"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Help. Nothing is working.

Last edited by movemaine; 02-21-2009 at 05:55 PM.
 
Old 02-21-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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Have you tried using the buttons on your monitor to recenter the display?

Also, do you have a video card and which drivers are you using?
 
Old 02-21-2009, 07:20 PM   #3
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laptop

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Originally Posted by digerati1338 View Post
Have you tried using the buttons on your monitor to recenter the display?

Also, do you have a video card and which drivers are you using?

No monitor buttons - laptop - ibook powerbook/powerpc

So it seems as though the xorg is not detecting anything based upon what my xorg.conf states (which isn't much)
 
Old 02-21-2009, 11:32 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by movemaine View Post
No monitor buttons - laptop - ibook powerbook/powerpc

So it seems as though the xorg is not detecting anything based upon what my xorg.conf states (which isn't much)
Have you tried
Code:
lspci
to see what is found at BusID "PCI:0:16:0"? If you know what card you're using you may be able to install a better driver for it.
cheers,
jdk
 
Old 02-22-2009, 02:28 PM   #5
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it's an ATI, and it states that debian comes prepackaged with all of the drivers available...
so now what?
 
Old 02-22-2009, 03:32 PM   #6
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Maybe it's just a resolution problem? Go to System->Preferences->Screen Resolution and try to change the resolution. Can you go above 800x600?
 
Old 02-22-2009, 04:29 PM   #7
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Code:
Section "Device"
Identifier "ati"
BusID "PCI:0:16:0"
Option "UseFBDev" "true"
EndSection
Try editing the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to use the ati driver that comes prepackaged with Debian like the example above.
 
Old 02-23-2009, 08:46 AM   #8
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Thanks for everyone's help. After digging around for days this is what I found. Apparently the Horiz & Vert are needed because otherwise it detects the screen wrong.


Quote:
Section "Device"
Identifier "Generic Video Card"
Driver "ati"
BusID "PCI:0:16:0"
Option "UseFBDev" "true"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
Option "DPMS"
HorizSync 28-49
VertRefresh 43-72
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "Generic Video Card"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection
 
  


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