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ejbram 07-05-2007 11:28 AM

KDE to console - resolution problem
 
Hello.
Trying to install and cofigure slackware 12.0 on my laptop. The first problem I have is that when I go from, lets say, KDE, to console - 'End session', I don't return to standard linuy cosole, but to some stupid resolution that my LCD doesn't support.
I need to go back to the standard conosle, just like when my laptop boots up.
Where can I configure this?

Thanks a lot.

randomsel 07-06-2007 08:28 PM

do you star kde from the cli with startx, or jump directly into runlevel 4?

if you use startx, it should go back to the cli with the same resolution as before. Try hitting alt-F2 for a different terminal to see if it fixes itself.

ejbram 07-07-2007 10:09 AM

[QUOTE=randomsel]do you star kde from the cli with startx, or jump directly into runlevel 4?

Yes, I use startx, and yes, it shoud go back to the console in the same resolution, but it doesn't.
I'm thinking it's the problem with graphical driver. I have Via Unichrome9 HC IGP card.
This is my second problem actually. Don't know how to get this to work.

And, I also can't get the wifi card to work ither. :(
Tryed with madwifi, no luck so far.

And the slackware seems to have the default kernel without the support for the battery monitoring. Why did they do that? I mean, if you want slackware on your laptop, you'll want it to have this support. Do they think that slack will be used only for the servers.
I guess I will have to recompile the kernel also.

Argh!
So many problems. :((
I'm on the edge of giving up and going back to windows on this laptop. :(

randomsel 07-07-2007 10:25 AM

Hrm, the kernel should have ACPI on as default...
Quote:

randomsel@HomeNet:~$ cat /boot/config-generic-smp-2.6.21.5-smp | grep ACPI
# Power management options (ACPI, APM)
# ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support
CONFIG_ACPI=y
CONFIG_ACPI_PROCFS=y
CONFIG_ACPI_AC=m
CONFIG_ACPI_BATTERY=m
CONFIG_ACPI_BUTTON=m
CONFIG_ACPI_VIDEO=m
CONFIG_ACPI_FAN=m
CONFIG_ACPI_DOCK=m
CONFIG_ACPI_BAY=m
CONFIG_ACPI_PROCESSOR=m
CONFIG_ACPI_THERMAL=m
CONFIG_ACPI_ASUS=m
CONFIG_ACPI_IBM=m
CONFIG_ACPI_IBM_BAY=y
CONFIG_ACPI_TOSHIBA=m
CONFIG_ACPI_BLACKLIST_YEAR=0
# CONFIG_ACPI_DEBUG is not set
CONFIG_ACPI_EC=y
CONFIG_ACPI_POWER=y
CONFIG_ACPI_SYSTEM=y
CONFIG_ACPI_CONTAINER=m
# CONFIG_ACPI_SBS is not set
CONFIG_X86_ACPI_CPUFREQ=m
CONFIG_X86_POWERNOW_K7_ACPI=y
CONFIG_X86_POWERNOW_K8_ACPI=y
CONFIG_X86_SPEEDSTEP_CENTRINO_ACPI=y
# CONFIG_X86_ACPI_CPUFREQ_PROC_INTF is not set
CONFIG_HOTPLUG_PCI_ACPI=m
CONFIG_HOTPLUG_PCI_ACPI_IBM=m
CONFIG_PNPACPI=y
# CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDEACPI is not set
CONFIG_SATA_ACPI=y
As for the monitor problem, when you exit kde and go back to the cli, try changing consoles to see if it fixes the problem(Alt-F# back and forth), or using clear (it shouldn't, but it's something to try). Might also want to set LILO to vga = normal (in /etc/lilo.conf and then reinstall).

BCarey 07-07-2007 10:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ejbram
do you star kde from the cli with startx, or jump directly into runlevel 4?

Yes, I use startx, and yes, it shoud go back to the console in the same resolution, but it doesn't.
I'm thinking it's the problem with graphical driver. I have Via Unichrome9 HC IGP card.
This is my second problem actually. Don't know how to get this to work.

This sounds like a driver problem.

Quote:

And, I also can't get the wifi card to work ither. :(
Tryed with madwifi, no luck so far.
If you tell us what card you have, perhaps someone will be able to help.

Quote:

And the slackware seems to have the default kernel without the support for the battery monitoring. Why did they do that? I mean, if you want slackware on your laptop, you'll want it to have this support. Do they think that slack will be used only for the servers.
The modules are built, you just need to modprobe them. Add them to rc.modules.

Quote:

I'm on the edge of giving up and going back to windows on this laptop. :(
You're the one that will have to live with it ;-)

Brian

ejbram 07-08-2007 07:02 AM

[QUOTE=BCarey]This sounds like a driver problem.


If you tell us what card you have, perhaps someone will be able to help.

OK, thnx. The exact card is this:
Via Chrome9 HC IGP(rev01). The Chp should be this one:
P4M900


The modules are built, you just need to modprobe them. Add them to rc.modules.
OK. Will try to do it.


You're the one that will have to live with it ;-)

:) Right.
Well, I would really like to stik with Slackware on this
laptop - but the truth is, I wount be able to figure everything
out on my own. Have slackware on my LAN ADSL router - there in console mode, and with old hardware, everythig works great, and without much trouble - it's much different here with KDE and graphics...

So, I'll try going at one step at the time - the first thing would be to get the graphic card to work, so, any help would be much appreciated.

ejbram 07-08-2007 07:03 AM

The wifi card is:
Atheros AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev01)

Any ideas on that one?

BCarey 07-08-2007 10:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ejbram
The wifi card is:
Atheros AR5005G 802.11abg NIC (rev01)

Any ideas on that one?

Atheros chipsets are usually supported by madwifi. Their site is here: http://www.madwifi.net/. There are also many threads on this site (LQ) to help you set up madwifi.

Brian

ejbram 07-08-2007 11:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BCarey
Atheros chipsets are usually supported by madwifi. Their site is here: http://www.madwifi.net/. There are also many threads on this site (LQ) to help you set up madwifi.

Brian

Yes, I fond the site also. I got my card up, and I'm connected to the AP at home. :)
I also managed to get the battery info on my desktop panel. Things are getting better. :)

One thing remains - how to install the graphic card. Any suggestions there? (hope that this will also solve the problem with gong back to console from x, because this problem is still here).

Thanks a lot everybody for all the answers.

BCarey 07-08-2007 11:43 AM

I don't have any experience with that card, but VIA has a whole bunch of drivers here: http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2

I assume you have already run xorgsetup?

On a laptop especially you also might want to look into cpu frequency scaling. Modprobe the different drivers until you find which one works with your cpu. Then modprobe a governor or two (I use "ondemand").

Brian

akus 07-24-2007 06:47 AM

have the same problem: VIA Chrome9 HC IGP
 
I tried to install Slackware 12.0, too, on my laptop with VIA Chrome9 HC.
And I have similar problems.
Well, one has to get drivers. I found today some drivers on VIA website/ viaarena forums, and also found Openchrome project http://openchrome.org/.

As far as I understand (from what Google found), one can get it to work, although
some features may not yet be fully supported under linux.

I'll post more on my attempts to get it working later.
Good luck.

ejbram 07-25-2007 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by akus
I tried to install Slackware 12.0, too, on my laptop with VIA Chrome9 HC.
And I have similar problems.
Well, one has to get drivers. I found today some drivers on VIA website/ viaarena forums, and also found Openchrome project http://openchrome.org/.

As far as I understand (from what Google found), one can get it to work, although
some features may not yet be fully supported under linux.

I'll post more on my attempts to get it working later.
Good luck.

If you get this graphic card to work, please write how you didi it. I still haven't
solved this problem. :(

akus 07-26-2007 08:17 AM

Ejbram,
I also have
Via Chrome9 HC IGP(rev01) and the Chip P4M900 (P4M900 is also known as VN896)

but apart from it, it is important,as afar as I understand, the (south?)bridge which you have.
Check whether the output of the command lspci has the word "VT8237".

Anyway, go to http://openchrome.org/,
read how to instal their driver and try it.

I tried and it *nearly* worked.(that is, I could use X with theri driver (and not "vesa"), but after several minutes everything freezes))
If you don't have VT8237, it might work for you.

Alternatively, get driver from Via arena site, (but I did not manage yet to compile their driver)
conclusion: the support from VIA for their new chipsets under linux is rather bad.

I'll post more, if get to work openchrome/official VIA drivers.


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