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Old 11-26-2003, 12:06 AM   #1
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fresh install screen problem


I have been trying to convert my brother for some time now to go pure linux, he finally gave in. So I've installed 3 different distros this week so far and he doesn't like any of them.

They all have big/small problems when I get it going...and I'm not going to fiddle with it for him thats for him to do.

So I was hoping to get him some answers:

His fav. distro so far has been fedora 1, he liked everything that came with it.

The problem is that no matter which desktop I choose for him (KDE or GNOME) it defaults to a virtual desktop that I can't get rid of.

His hardware is a Dell p780 monitor (just the monitor the computer is white box) and a radeon 7000 video card. Both of which linux detects without a hitch.

Now it boots up with a 640x480 screen...and no matter what res. I set it to, its a 640x480 res with a virtual overlay (so in order to get to the bottom I have to scroll the screen down...left right etc

And this is just not acceptable.

So, I looked in the XF86 config file and didn't see anything about virtual.

All looked normal, that machine also has a D-Link 520+ NIC and the only distro that detected that was MDK 9.2 (though it didn't work right away and I didn't mess with that either) fedora doesn't even know what it is.

So I wasn't able to just copy paste the config files on here for ya to view (since as I network on that machine)



Thanks in advance,
Old 11-26-2003, 11:53 AM   #2
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re: the d-Link card

I'm running the older 520 on fedora using the included Prism drivers, but I believe the + uses a TI chipset.

Most people will point you here.

I've heard some success stories using those drivers with fedora (think it was on LQ) so it's worth trying.
Old 11-26-2003, 12:44 PM   #3
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aye, I know. But its a hassle.

Most important problem atm is getting the virtual screen fixed...

Once thats up and running properly I can worry about getting him the drivers...

*The drivers should work about the same as every other distro I figure...and I know the + is evil as far as getting it to work in linux. Funny enough I had ordered 520+, got sent 520's and returned them for 520+'s lol.



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