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Old 01-30-2008, 09:57 PM   #1
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Im running Debian and was wondering how to change my resolution? Also can i install a high end video card and drivers say a ati 8600 <------- I believe this is right lol its a 128 MB card if that helps well i guess thats not high end but........... Can i get Linux drivers for this card?

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:05 AM   #2
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you can edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf and add in the resolutions you want..

Code:
Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200]"
        Monitor         "Minicom LTD"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           1
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           4
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
                visual  "GrayScale"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           15
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           16
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600"
        EndSubSection
EndSection
another option is to run dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg although I think just editing the file is faster.


Yes you can get a high end video card for your machine, although nVidia has better drivers and less hassles in Linux right now.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 08:09 AM   #3
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Thank you

Thank you for the reply i will give this a try by chance is there a specific spot to get Linux drivers for certain cards or can i goto the manufacture website?

And where would i want to place the drivers
 
Old 01-31-2008, 08:21 AM   #4
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Debian has a how-to on their site for the nVidia drivers.
http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaHowTo

If you have contrib and non-free in your sources.list installing the nvidia drivers is easy.

Quote:

/etc/init.d/gdm stop
- shut down X so you can install the drivers

aptitude update
aptitude keep-all
aptitude install build-essential module-assistant
m-a update
m-a prepare
m-a a-i nvidia
aptitude install nvidia-glx
modprobe nvidia


Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf

In Section "Module", comment out (using a # at the start of the line) Load "dri" and Load "GLCore" if they exist, and add Load "glx" if neccessary.

Then, change the driver in Section "Device" for your video card to nvidia.

/etc/init.d/gdm start to restart X

For ATI.. this how-to might work (I don't use ATI cards so I can't say for sure.. )
http://technowizah.com/2006/10/debia...i-drivers.html

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:32 AM   #5
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One more

One more question i keep hearing about the sources.list what exactly is this?? You dont have to answer i got yelled at before for not starting a new post on anew question but im trying my luck
 
Old 01-31-2008, 01:32 PM   #6
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The sources list is part of Debians package management system. It tells the system where to download packages from and from which portions of the repositories you want to pull packages from (main, contrib, non-free) Certain items such as Suns Java, and nVidia drivers are located in the non-free section of the repositories, so you must enable them in your sources list if you need, or want, packages from those sections.

http://wiki.debian.org/Aptitude

http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/

Code:
user@it-etch:~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/debian/ etch main contrib non-free 
deb-src http://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/debian/ etch main contrib non-free 

deb http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src http://security.debian.org/ etch/updates main contrib non-free

deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org etch main
so simply adding contrib and non-free to the end of the lines in your sources.list file will give you access to the packages located in those sections of the repository.


I'm sure that can all be done through synaptic as well, but I never use the gui front end.. if you poke around in it I'm sure you'll find the settings available there as well.

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Old 02-02-2008, 08:31 AM   #7
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Resolution

This method of changing resolution worked wonderful i wish there was a rating service through these forums. One question why are there so many values to change looks as if i might be able to pick which profile i want to start up at?
 
Old 02-02-2008, 10:10 AM   #8
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The different ranges are color depths..

1 bit = Black and white
4 bit = 16 colors
8 bit = 256 colors
etc..

towards the top of the section you see an entry called DefaultDepth 24 which means by default the system is using 24 bit color, so in actuality you could have edited ONLY the 24 bit subsection and ignored the rest.. I don't know too many people that run in 16 colors or grayscale anymore.. leftovers from the old days I guess. I have had occasion to use some of the lower color depths when working on really old PC's with video cards that had only 1 MB of memory, or using really old monitors

and yes if you chose you could configure the system to run in a nice 256 shade grayscale..

Glad you got your changes working, and yes I agree editing that file is fairly quick and easy..

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:24 AM   #9
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About ATI drivers

Quote:
Originally Posted by farslayer View Post
For ATI.. this how-to might work (I don't use ATI cards so I can't say for sure.. )
http://technowizah.com/2006/10/debia...i-drivers.html
If you're still looking for drivers
http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html
Installation instructions are pretty readable, too.
 
  


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