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OK, just for the moment, trying setting Driver to "vesa" in the Device section, and see if you get a screen that way. The ATI driver is not working for you and I don't know why. I can only assume that it's not set up for your monitor correctly. I noticed you have no ModeLines defined - they are all commented out - but I don't know whether this is a problem.
I think that the problem is because your video card has dual head and X is trying to use one of them, but your XF86Config file is configured to use the other. So, if you could change this line in your XF86Config-4
BusID "PCI:1:0:1" # vendor=1002, device=496e
BusID "PCI:1:0:0" # vendor=1002, device=496e
and try again.
This is my best bet. Hope it helps, I'm running out of ideas otherwise and I would very much like to see you join us on the Linux side, Sparky.
Ok I'll try that. Tried changing it from BusID "PCI:1:0:1" to BusID "PCI:1:0:0" but that didn't work. I also unplugged my tv out to make sure it wasn't detecting it, and used my second head for my monitor, but nothing. Now I'll try this suggestion. I really appreciate the help guys. I want to explore the linux world.
No I have no onboard video. My card has dual heads plus a tv out. Just for more info my box is a Dell Dimension 4300 Desktop with a P4 1.6. 20gb HD and onboard nothing. I have 2 nics, a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1, ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128. A CD Rom and a CD-RW, one floppy. A Microsoft Intellimouse optical 5 button. The monitor is a Dell E551c 15" CRT monitor. I have 256 sdram. Oh and a US Robotics 56k Voice/Fax modem.
How would I get the entire output of the device listing from my Linux partition to here?
It seems to be exactly the same as your problem. If XFree86 is the same on FreeBSD as on Linux (I think it is), then maybe you could contact John R. Shannon and ask for his XF86Config file.
If you get it and want to give it a try I would recommend that you first save away all versions of XF86Config that you have. Do this with the 'mv' command (for move).
~> cd /etc/X11
~> mv XF86Config XF86Config.old
~> mv XF86Config-4 XF86Config-4.old
The XF86Config file contains both settings for video card and monitor, so there is a chance that his file makes your monitor go out of sync. If so, I (we!) could help you by entering other settings for your monitor.
Ok. I got the config from him, Changed neccassary info like the mouse and keyboard. started X and WHOLA!. Operational. I even got my most used messenger, MSN. (called amsn in linux HAHA). Now I need to do some configuring. I can't run in 1024x768 mode, my monitor just shuts down and starts blinking so I re-copy the config I made back and startx again. I probly have to now use the fglrx driver that came with my ATI download. I'll try it and let you know. Once I get the system the way I want I WILL post the config here to hopefully help all others that need help with this problem. Thanks guys for all your help, I WILL come back here for more