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Old 05-14-2006, 04:04 PM   #1
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xorgconfig: don't know which video


I have been given a long list of video to choose from. I don't know which is the correct one. I have an onboard videocard.

From the the past, I wrote down 'VIA Technologies VIA82Cxxx' in a sticky paper. Not sure if that will help at all.

So what should I choose in xorgconfig?
 
Old 05-14-2006, 04:40 PM   #2
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Could you post here the list of available video drivers that you're seeing?

That might help me or somebody else find the best or probable best one for you.

In case you're not too familiar with terminals, in xterm for instance you will just left-click at the beginning of the list and "scroll" down and release the button at the end of it. Then you can probably paste the list in a post here by simply middle-clicking once. If that doesn't work, middle-click in a blank text file and then post the text file here.

Sorry if that's too elementary, but it's something it took me a while to find out when I started using Linux!
 
Old 05-14-2006, 05:04 PM   #3
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There are over 550 entries. And the fact that I am trying to configure my xorgconfig gives it away that I do not have video working... Therefore, I do not have a terminal in desktop that I can select to copy and paste.

I am now in Knoppix typing this. Since it's an onboard video card, I assume it would fall into the 'generics' catagory. Here is what I wrote down, might contain some mispellings.

Generic VESA compatible
Generic VGA compatible
Unsupported VGA compatible
3DLabs, TI
3Dfx
ATI
ATI Radeon
ATI Rage 128 based
Alliance Pro Motion
Ark Logic
Chips and Technologies
Cirrus Logic
Cyrix MediaGX
DEC TGA
Intel i740
Intel i810

That's the first few. The list goes on and on. It would be too time-consuming to write down over 550 entries on paper and then boot my computer again in Knoppix and type it up.

I am sure I am not the only one who has an onboard video card that has done an xorgconfig before. The onboard video card that I have is not rare. Perhaps someone who has experience can tell me which one is correct.

Last edited by cupoftea; 05-14-2006 at 05:06 PM.
 
Old 05-14-2006, 05:52 PM   #4
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Hi,

When I have not know which video driver to use when installing I have always found that VESA drivers get me into X. After the install, I can find out the hardware that Linux recognized from the dmesg command. I would use the VESA driver as it supports a huge number of video cards. You didn't say which motherboard you have. With that known, it is just a matter of googling to get that information from the manufacturer. You mention VIA, so that is probably your motherboard chipset. If you still have the documents that came with your motherboard (or computer) that should give you the information also.

Hope this helps,

Bob
 
Old 05-14-2006, 06:34 PM   #5
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Found my motherboard:
http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p...M4M-V&class=mb

Code:
Video
  	S3 Graphics UniChrome™ 2D/3D Graphics with motion compensation assign upto 64MB
There is like 3 or 4 pages that starts with 'S3'. But none of the choices in the list is S3 Graphics UniChrome. So what now?
 
Old 05-14-2006, 07:01 PM   #6
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Here is one of the many hits I got when "Googling" for "xorg s3 unichrome". Try installing this driver.

On my Ubuntu box, it would go in: /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers Your setup might be different.

Once installed, the xorg.conf file will need to me modified to point to it.

As already mentioned, you should try the vesa driver if necessary to get into your system. (Or vga for that matter)

You might also look in some of the other Google hits....
 
Old 05-14-2006, 07:16 PM   #7
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Try installing this driver.
What driver? You didn't mention any driver for Unichorme.
 
Old 05-14-2006, 07:20 PM   #8
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What driver? You didn't mention any driver for Unichorme.
OOPS!!! (I always forget attachments in e-mail too.... )

http://unichrome.sourceforge.net/
 
  


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