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Old 10-23-2003, 11:49 AM   #1
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Unhappy ColorGraphics Evolution 2 dual display no linux drivers?

I am running RedHat 7.2 & Mandrake 8.0 on some very old hardware, but have a stable & usefull group of systems, I am thinking of clustering in the near future.
I am using ALL recycled hardware, as this conglomeration I have been/expanding upgrading for some time has a budget of 0$ (+ whatever comes out of my pocket, for my 3-7 running systems so far is been about $70 over the last 3 years).
I am doing some experimental/self-educating work with these machines, which I am leaving open for others to use as well for:
Schematic desighn, electronics
trouble shooting. Primarily, & other
linux play.
Though what I do mostly with systems I get running is test used hardware in linux, learning the in/outs of linux (still a newb really), very amature programming (in C++), some multi-media fooling around (MP3 playing/encoding), 2D/3D applications (I am trying to transition out of using Win for these or find good linux alteratives- an eventual linux render farm would be the primary optimal use for my future cluster), many other simple tasks I perform, though I spend much of my time getting a machine running, switching out a piece of hardware, then configureing it & leaving it sometimes for months while I upgrade configure another. Wow, did'nt need to go into all that did I?

My post is based on a problem I have had, trying to get a Colorgraphics Evolution 2 (pci) dual display linux driver/app. It seems one does not exist, or is not readily available online. I would really like to find one or learn to write one but I know the latter is way over my head at this time. Does anyone know where I should look for this particular driver, or begin to learn to write one?
I realize this is a very general question, & I have browsed the many driver "DIY" for linux resources, but I am really trying to find some specific help from maybe someone who has written a driver for this card or one like it, who maybe has some time, decent code & good info specifically about how I could tackle this project, without exorbitant time/effort on my part. I am not so much lazy as preoccupied, I would really love to take this on, dive in & make it work the hard way (me a book or two & a compiler), but the investment of my resources would be worth more than the card to me. ANY information would be greatly appreciated.


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