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Old 04-22-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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Graphics drivers

My computer has a via motherboard with built in sound/video/ethernet/cpu. The graphics don't seem to be very well supported, as my choice of resolutions is minimal (was limited to 800 by 600 until I change some x86 config file). The graphics seem to update very slowly and when I scroll often a line (that almost corresponds to a text line, but it could be graphics or anything) repeates and things sort of "ghost" or leave trails.

Is there a way to get better video drivers? or moreup to date drivers for my grahics card/chipset? Or am I stuck with whatever comes with debian? (Hell how hard/possible is it to write your own? I do have a CS degree and do programming for a living. Most of my experience is with Java but in school I did a fair amount of c on unix. I would really just need to know where to start and what to start with).

Old 04-22-2005, 02:35 PM   #2
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I'm still semi-new to linux so if this isn't what you're looking for, please forgive me. Anyway, I would start by updating drivers. The drivers that come with most distros are usually older and you can almost always assume that new drivers have been released. If it's NVIDIA you can get the drivers at NVIDIA Linux Drivers .
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Could you tell us a bit more about it all ? : motherboard make and perhaps the model and graphics card also ?

perhaps someone has the same config or could help you if you were a little more precise.


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Old 04-22-2005, 09:05 PM   #4
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Well here's a link to what it's running on:

The information regarding the onboard graphics is a little sparse the manual states this:

Built-in a high performance 256-bit 3D/128-bit 2D engine
Supports AGP 2.0 compliant configuration setting
Supports AGP 4X 266 MHz with 16 stages pipeline full
side-band/pipe function.

It has 2 pci slots and I think I have some vga cards lying about that I might be able to install but I doubt that pci-vga cards would be better than the built in agp "compliant" chips.

I guess I should be happy, the board only cost 10 bucks and came with everything (except HD, cd rom, and memory).



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