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Sorry about the horrible subject, I really do not know how to word my problem, which makes it difficult to search for a solution. A common example of the problem is when I have a terminal window open and I open up the gnome menu. The words and background of the terminal window will appear tiled in the gnome menu. A picture is worth a thousand words though.
Anyways this is a problem that I have had since I started linux and I have found to occur in both gnome and kde (at least kde in redhat 7.2 I haven't used it since). But I did not have this problem in Ubuntu Warty Warthog, but I installed (freshly) Hoary Hedgehog and unfortunatly this problem came back. Any ideas at all will be greatly appreciated
That shot makes me think you may have the wrong settings in your X configuration (specifically memory size). In Windoze an old driver can cause the same problem, you should also see if there is possibly a new linux driver for your video card as well.
I have an integrated i810. I set my bios to allocate 1 Mb for graphics memory, but when I tell X that that is the memory my card has, it fails to start. Funny cause I just remembered that I bookmarked a page on configuring X with an i810... I'll give that a go and see how it turns out
1 mb graphics memory is not enough, up it to 4 mb or more
my bios lets me have 512 kb or 1 mb. I checked for a bios update from my vender and there are none. Unless you mean to say that I do not need to listen to the bios, I'm stuck with either 512kb or 1 mb.
I have the driver for sure, its just that when I edit my xorg.conf file to have video ram it will not start.
The intial configure when I installed the os was not to have the videoram line at all. When I xorgconf it, the configuration simply doesn't work and it to has this line commented out. My assumption is that the driver does not handle videoram the same way.
I found the README to the i810 driver, and I am correct that it does not have support for the VideoRam line. It is set up as it should be... now I know that it is a driver issue. I don't know a whole lot about graphics, so maybe someone can help me understand if any of the driver options will help me out.
However, if you have problems with auto-detection, you can specify:
o DacSpeed - in MHz
o MemBase - physical address of the linear framebuffer
o IOBase - physical address of the memory mapped IO registers
If thats the cure then I'd rather die...
Things are way too big and it would be more difficult to deal with that than the minor issue I'm having. Somedays I don't even have the problem at all with a res of 1024x768, other days its pretty horrible but manageable... I might try the 800x600 which I have on windows, but I'm pretty happy where I am.
It's a desktop. I've definatly been considering that and I usually do at least one small upgrade to my pc every year and that may be next. I've been wanting 3d graphics on my comp for a while (interestingly I ran 3d ok on redhat 8.0 for a while, but was never able to get it to do that again, which is a mystery to me since the i810 driver doesn't have 3d support yet). But I don't think my situation is too problematic, just a little annoying. But I'm tickled to death by know why its has this problem. My assumption was that it was a glitch in X but I'm happy to know its just my hardware.
I had one of those i810 chipsets, and had similar problems too - had a little more memory, but I eventually just put an old 4MB PCI card in and never had any other problems - I think it was a Matrox Millenium card I bought for about 5 bucks at a used computer store, so if the computer works fine in all other respects, I'd definitely recommend sticking another video card in it. In fact, I also put an old Creative Labs sound card in it because of all the problems I had with the onboard sound...