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Old 12-13-2008, 05:44 AM   #1
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How do I know what video hardware I have ?


Hy

It happens that my video card is built in the motherboard and I no longer
have the box. How can I see what videocard I have, so I can look for driver ?

Where can I look for a video card driver for Linux ? Is it true I have to recompile the kernel to get direct rendering on Linux ?

Thank you,
Timothy Madden
 
Old 12-13-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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try
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lspci
from the shell, which should give you a list of your devices.
Hope this helps

Last edited by [gentoo-user]; 12-13-2008 at 05:58 AM. Reason: oops - wrong code syntax
 
Old 12-13-2008, 05:59 AM   #3
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Hy
Hi.
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It happens that my video card is built in the motherboard and I no longer
have the box. How can I see what videocard I have, so I can look for driver ?
In a terminal or console, type:
Code:
terminatorul@desktop ~ $ /sbin/lspci
That should tell you which hardware you have on your PCI bus(es), one of which will be your graphics card. It should be fairly obvious, and if it's not, post the output here between [code][/code] tags to preserve the formatting.
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Where can I look for a video card driver for Linux ? Is it true I have to recompile the kernel to get direct rendering on Linux ?
Depending on what graphics card you have, you'll probably find your kernel already has the necessary drivers compiled in, or they'll be available as modules (which should load automagically). Enabling DRI often involves uncommenting the lines to enable it in /etc/X11/xorg.conf (where it's often commented by default).
 
Old 12-13-2008, 08:39 AM   #4
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Check the lshw command. It outputs all sorts of useful information about your system in a choice of plain text, html or xml or a GUI. If you don't have lshw installed check your distro's repositories, they probably have it.

As for drivers, post what card you have when you know and also what version of Linux you are using.
 
Old 01-18-2009, 04:05 PM   #5
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Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Ad

Thank you for the answers.

I had to install lshw from the internet (by default Kpackage does not know about it).

Both lshw and lspci say Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter and indeed I want to enable DRI on my X desktop. Do you know where should I look for a driver ?

I have seen no DRI settings (commented or not) in my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file but when starting X server I do get these messages:

Code:
(WW) VESA(0): Failed to setup write-combining range (0xc3f80000-0x7000000)
(WW) VESA(0): Failed to setup write-combining range (0xc3f00000-0xf000000)
(WW) VESA(0): Failed to setup write-combining range (...
....
....
Anyone knows how should I fix that ?

I have Slackware 12, Linux darkstar 2.6.24.7-smp #2 SMP Sun Sep 7 20:12:10 CDT 2008 i686 AMD Sempron(tm) 2200+ AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux

Thank you,
Timothy Madden
 
Old 01-18-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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It looks like you're using the default VESA driver, which won't do DRI. You need to configure Xorg for your video hardware. First back up your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup), then run xorgsetup as root, and follow the prompts. Make sure you select the appropriate driver for your SiS card (which will probably be called sis).
 
  


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