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Originally posted by Gibsonist Beg to differ MezzyMeat,
running Deb Sarge on a machine with a old GeForce2TI and a Matrox Mystique2
the Debian config worked out of the box for my first card, with no problems
(have to admit had to mod the conf for the dual screen setup)
So we can not assume it to be not working on every setup of machine
(Sorry am a Mathematician and cant leave these things)
Well, I forgot to mention that when I last used Debian was in an early woody-version and Debian was back then the only dist I used so I have set it up on everything from old 166Mhz boxes with outdated videocards and my parents 500Mhz with a Voodoo-card, all the way to my first new gaming machine I bought when I used to be one of those gamers (). Debian's own xfree86 configuration never worked on any machine, ever. And also the books I have read that teaches slighly basic knowledge about how to learn Linux mentions that X on Debian tender to be harder to get working then on other distros such as Red Hat (Fedora today) or SuSE.
Although that was some time ago and I bet Debian have matured since then. But I know I always had to configure X by myself when I used Debian.
Originally posted by furmat2 VGA(0)Driver cant support depth 24
If you check at this line of the error it says that you are trying to use 24bit depth but the video driver you are using does not support this.
If you run xf86config and choose to have a look at the videocard database you may find a better driver for your card. If you can't find a better driver for your card then change the resolution and depth in the config.
I had a similar problem to urs and the solution was quite easy:
Sorted!! In the end all I had to do was to reconfigure XFree86 with
like Macondo suggets in his thread, and when asked whether to use the kernel framebuffer to communicate with the video card, just choose "NO" . From the context you could think that the safest option is "YES", and I think thats the default, but guy that wrote "The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Guide" (see again Macondos thread) also had to go for "NO". To be fair with the newbie population, it is very hard to see from the XFree86.0.log (see my posting above) that this was the problem.
In fact, now I can choose 24 colour depth without any problem.
(a note aside, before this I also had to point /dev/mouse to /dev/psaux by using the command:
ln -s /dev/mouse /dev/psaux
to get my mouse working, maybe u need to try that as well)