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Old 04-06-2004, 01:45 PM   #1
ericthyred
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Question Installing Debian


Hello,

I am installing Debian on my Sony VAIO PGC-NV105 laptop.

I am at the stage of Configuring Xserver-xfree86 where I need to select the X server driver.

The graphic card specs of my laptop are:

Video Chipset: ATI Mobility Radeon 7500
Video Memory: 16 MB DDR (on die)

In the past I already tried the "ati" server but the X server didn't start.

Thank you
 
Old 04-06-2004, 03:24 PM   #2
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BTW

The display is a 14.1" TFT XGA 1024x768
 
Old 04-06-2004, 03:28 PM   #3
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I tried to install debian and had alot of config problems only because I'm a newbie and just learning, any way I found that LIBRANET is way easier to install and it is debian based it probed every thing, just by watching the installer probe I learned what xserver I needed

wish I could help you more but I am just a newbie
BTW not trying to start a distro war just food for thought
 
Old 04-06-2004, 04:36 PM   #4
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Here you can find the XFREE.0 log error I am getting:

http://users.chello.be/cr47641/xfree86.0
 
Old 04-07-2004, 07:24 AM   #5
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I have been having problems getting Debian (Woody) to install on some servers with newer hardware and it would never recognize it. Found a website that has a Debian installer that is MUCH better at recognizing hardware and installing it. Here is the link: http://www.css.washington.edu/~bbell/e1000/

Give this a try and see if it helps.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 07:45 AM   #6
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I suppose I have to decompress the file on a floppy, right ?

Thanx a lot for the info !!!
 
Old 04-07-2004, 08:11 AM   #7
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I put it on a CD and just booted up like a new install. The loader goes through and finds everything and then has you install like normal. It's not perfect (it forgot the x-windows) but it got me a whole lot farther.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 12:30 PM   #8
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remember that debian 3.0 (woody) will, by default, give you kernel 2.2.x... you need to specify that you want kernel 2.4.x by entering "bf24" (without the quotes) at the install's boot prompt... this is something that is very commonly overlooked...

kernel 2.2.x won't support all the new stuff that is supported by kernel 2.4.x... you wouldn't get to choose the reiser filesystem, for example...


anyways, you might want to give bonzai linux a try...

it's a low-fat debian woody with a slightly modified installer and kde out-of-the-box...

among other things, bonzai will use kernel 2.4.x by default, and it'll run discover to try and get most of your hardware up and running with minimum fuss...

http://developer.berlios.de/projects/bonzai/

http://www.distrowatch.com/bonzai


i hope this helps you somehow...

good luck...

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Old 04-07-2004, 01:03 PM   #9
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I like your name win32sux. I am growing to really love the world of linux. It is refreshing to deal with. One question I have though is how does one find out about all these different distros like the one you mentioned? How do you find out that they even exist? Is it from forums like this or someplace else? I would like to learn more so that I have a more well rounded knowledge level of at least what is available. TIA.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 03:14 PM   #10
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DistroWatch might be what you're looking for:

http://www.distrowatch.com/


you can find lots of other linux stuff using google's linux search:

http://www.google.com/linux

=)




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Old 04-07-2004, 03:42 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info. I'll check it asap.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 08:35 PM   #12
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If you like Debian, you may want to give Libranet 2.8.1 a try. You can visit their webpage at the following link: http://www.libranet.com
 
Old 04-07-2004, 09:43 PM   #13
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you problem is the same as mine.and my video chipset is ati too.
i dont know why it can't be detected.
(WW) ATI: PCI/AGP Mach64 in slot 1:0:0 could not be detected!
but if you launch lspci:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5964 (rev 01)
it is absolutely detected.why is it so?
if your problem is resolved,post the the answer.thanks

Last edited by lsj; 04-15-2004 at 12:40 AM.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:12 AM   #14
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seems to me that your vid card is not supported by your drivers.

"ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 "

is not listed in...

(II) R128: Driver for ATI Rage 128 chipsets: ATI Rage 128 RE (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 RF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 RG (AGP), ATI Rage 128 RK (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 RL (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Pro PD (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Pro PF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Pro PP (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Pro PR (PCI), ATI Rage 128 Mobility LE (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Mobility LF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Mobility MF (AGP),
ATI Rage 128 Mobility ML (AGP)
(II) RADEON: Driver for ATI Radeon chipsets: ATI Radeon QD (AGP),
ATI Radeon QE (AGP), ATI Radeon QF (AGP), ATI Radeon QG (AGP),
ATI Radeon VE (AGP)

I had the same problem with my nVidia and Debian/woody

from a fresh debian install, debian will NOT install the kernel sources, and this will nto let me install the new drivers from nVidia. To correct this i needed to compile a NEW kernel from scratch, then install the new video drivers. ( a pain for a newbie)

my work arround this before I got new drivers installed is to select a different video driver. In the installation process you are asked if install the ATI drivers. I used the 'vesa' instead and worked fine.

I had to do it in a trial and error basics.

here is how, type this in the command line:

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

select the xfree86 as the server, then use the 'vesa' as you driver later on in the configuration screens. Dont modify the rest of the settings.

after that u can try : startx

if no fix.. try again with 'vga' or 'svga'

I hope this works for you in the mean time till you get new vid drivers installed.
 
Old 04-08-2004, 04:49 AM   #15
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Thanx everyone for these infos.

I will try tonight and post the solution if it works

 
  


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