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I figured out my previous problem which was all the xf86files weren't installed, but now whenever I try to use 'startx', I get an error like the following:
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log"
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config"
(EE) I810(0): Less than 6MB of AGP memory is available. Cannot Proceed
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration
Fatal server error:
no screens found
I sort of understand what is happening, but I just don't know why or how to fix it. If somebody could PLEASE help me, because I'd hate to just give up Linux and go back to boring Windows.
This is about all I know, I think the probelam may be somwhere in my video card, but I know RH 8 supports it. I was thinking of getting a new one anyway, so maybe that's what I'll do if that's the case.
1.- Right, check BIOS video values. Where ? Depends on your BIOS model.
2.- Check XF86Config under /etc/X11, and DON'T provide the amount of memory. Let X autodetect it.
3.- If you are asking for a "monster resolution" (1600x...) with trillions of colors, you NEED video RAM. At least 8 MB.
And if your BIOS says to linux there are only 4MB, linux believes it is true. Or if X reads XF86Config and there is a line like 'VideoRam 4096', the problem is the same.
I have Pheonix BIOS and I looked through but I didn't find any kind of configuration for Video Memory.
Also, when X probed for my video RAM it said 1024k and I'm pretty sure that's all I have, so I choose that and when I tried to boot though it said 'less than 6MB AGP is available. Cannot Proceed'.
I'm not sure what '6MB AGP' means, but from what I got from pablob is to just decrease my resolution config in order to keep memory down. I would think that would work, so maybe I'll try it. If not I'm gonna look for someway to change Video RAM if that's possible.
Your computer and mine sound real similar. I am getting this same problem now. My computer has the on board I810 Video card and before I had 128 MB of RAM and everything worked happy go wacky but I decided to borrow that stick of memory and put it in my project computer (check it out, fram.cjb.net).
I instead replaced it with 32 MB of RAM as you have now. And believe it or not, I cant get X11 to run now. I haven't found a solution to the problem, I'm going to try the framebuffer thing one of the people who replied suggested, but if that doesn't work, I am pretty sure if you just got more cheap memory it'll work for you (assuming that you configure it half way properly to begin with) without much trouble.
try recompiling XF86Config using Xconfigurator or xf86config.try a lower mode ie,16bits or lower.and u may be having to adjust ur virtual screen size.on starting Xserver,ur video memory would be automatically read by the system.