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I just installed Mandrake 8.1 on a machine having S3 Trio 3D/2X VGA and a fairly
new noname monitor (screen mode chosed: 1024x740, True Colors).
The installation went smooth (no errors), but there is something wrong with the X server: All windows are transparent, they have no borders and remain on the screen even when I try to close them.
I happened to read somewhere that such problems may be caused by the Frame Buffer Device.
I suspect that I should change the X server but I do not know exactly how to do that in Mandrake without a complete system reinstall.
In SuSe I would use Yast and choose an other X server easily, but how can I do that in Mandrake, and which server is the best in this case?
I have some other questions:
I prepared two partitions in the expert mode: swap and EXT3. Is that enough?
(Previously, I wanted to prepare a boot partition, too, but there was no such kind listed among the partition types available)
I am a bit confused now concerning partition types: previously I thought that EXT2 is the default file system type for Linux. Then I happened to read here that EXT3 is better.
Now I happened to see a type called Linux Native in the Mandrake partitioning tool. What is that?
My HP Desk Jet 320C printer was not listed among the supported printers. I chosed HPDJ 330C, instead, and it worked, but it prints unbearably slow: three or four times slower than in Windows at the same resolution. Can I try something to speed it up?
No, there were no options available related to a Frame Buffer Device.
I could only choose screen resolution and colors during installation. Then I got a test screen with some nice penguins, which screen was OK so I accepted that.
Should not have done that?
The great problem: X server configuration is almost the last stage of system installation.
So I have to almost completely reinstall Mandrake to be able to change the X server.
I could not find a tool yet like Yast in Suse to change the X server without a complete reinstall.
However, I am sure that there is one, but where is it?