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Old 05-19-2002, 11:01 AM   #1
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Configuring Linux for Graphics card


I wonder if any one out there can help me with my problem which I have with my graphics card and with Linux Mandrake ver 8.0.

My hardware is as follows:-
Pentium III 1Ghz, Abit SA6 Motherboard, Maxtor (diamond) 20 gb Hard Drive, Voodoo graphics card 4 4,500 AGP, Plug and Play SVGA Monitor, built on sound, sony cd-rom re-writer, 52 speed cd-rom, 56k internal modem (Lucent).

My problem is that my graphics card is causing problems. It will not allow me to enter Hardrake, load certain games and to change resolutions amongst other things.
After visiting Linux Mandrake homepage I have assertained that Voodoo 4 4,500 agp is supported with kernel ver 2.4.8-26 mdk. The kernel version I have with my distribution however is only 2.4.3-20. The current version of xfree I have running is xfree 4.03. This @ is a version compatable with my graphics card with the tdfx driver.

What I would like to know is were to begin and what steps need to be undertaken in order to upgrade my kernel version and to get my graphics card fully compatible with my linux distribution.

Is it worth upgrading the kernel?
I need the support to get my version of linux working and operational. Whilst I am at it, would it be worth upgrading my version of xfree along with anything else?

Any help or experiences would be very much appreciated.

Thank You.
Old 05-19-2002, 02:57 PM   #2
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If you've not got a mature Linux system up and running (with data to lose), I'd suggest that you just install Mdk 8.2 and be done with it.

It would be quicker, a lot easier and everything would be there ready for you.

If you cant download, there are plenty of sites that provide download editions on CD for next to nothing. If you're in the UK, try

Old 05-22-2002, 07:07 AM   #3
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Incompatable Graphics Card


Thank you for your reply in regard to my posting on a problem with my graphics card.

I have looked on the mandrake web site and have looked under supported hardware (for ver 8.2) for the agp voodoo 4500 graphics card and nothing appears. I am pretty sure that it is supported with a tdfx driver, it says this at the xfree website. The version of xfree which comes with Mandrake ver 8.2.

Can you tell me for definate that mandrake 8.2 will suport it.

Thanks again

Old 05-22-2002, 10:38 AM   #4
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Mandrake 8.2 comes with a patched 2.4.18 kernel, which is really new, and XF86 4.2, which does support your graphics card.

Here's the links for the info:

Oh, and I see you're from the UK. This months Linux Format (available from WHSmith) has Mandy 8.2 on its cover-mounted DVD. It's a bootable DVD, so you don't have to worry about burning stuff off either.

Good luck, and keep us posted.

Oh, yeah. Be quick on the Linux Format front, the next issue should be out in about a week, or so.
Old 05-24-2002, 03:26 PM   #5
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Thanks Thymox

It seems I have now sorted these previous problems out, by installing a second graphics card and installing mandrake version 8.2. I have installed a pci graphics card an s3 VIRGE. The strange thing is I dont use this card with X but nevertheless it sorts out xdrake. However I get three system beeps just before I enter X.
The way things are looking I will have to get another graphics card. I have actually done this and bought a GLADIAC ELSA 511 video card. This however doesn't seem to be supported by any distribution so it will have to go back. I would be grateful if any one could suggest a good performing agp graphics card (for graphics; games, video, dvd playback) at a reasonable cost and one that is universally accepted by mandrake programs. By progams I am thinking of gphoto and dvd players and tuxracer.
I have looked at the mandrake hardware list and the only certified graphics cards are msi ones, both expensive (as I have been told by msi that they dont make them anymore) and hard to come by. The graphics card I use comes under the supported graphics card list with mandrakes hardware list but has fatal flaws so I really am dubious about going out and buying another card from that list that wont perform.
I would be very gratful if anybody could help in this matter.

Many thanks


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