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Old 11-12-2002, 06:02 AM   #1
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Dell latitude cpi video driver


hi

I have a dell latitude cpi laptop running linux 2.4.18 (Slack). I would like to speed up my graphics for playing divx. Till now i used framebuffer for X. Is there a better driver for :

Video type: 128-bit, hardware-accelerated PCI
Video controller: NeoMagic 2160
Integrated video memory: 2 MB

TIA
 
Old 11-06-2003, 06:40 PM   #2
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I need this too...

Hello.

I have exactly the same laptop. If I find a good driver, I'll certainly let you know about it.

The main problem with my display is that it doesn't scale to the full size of the screen. Plus, nothing changes when I update my resolution settings. It always stays at 800x600. I'm running Mandrake 9.1 (2.4.21)

I'll be searching around for a driver. When (or if) I find one, I'll post a link. :-)
 
Old 11-07-2003, 08:06 AM   #3
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I have the same chip in two of my laptops. I find it works great with Linux using the neomagic driver. No problems running it at 1024x768 with 16 bits of color depth.

When you say you update your resolution settings, what exactly do you do? Do you edit XF86Config-4?

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Old 11-07-2003, 08:18 PM   #4
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Well, I tried to change the resolution with the Mandrake control center and by editing XF86Config-4. Neither option worked, until I found out that the Latitude CPi can only handle 16-bit color depth. Mine was set at 24 the whole time. D'oh!!

I certainly learned a lot more about how X works! Since the default resolution was 24-bit, and the laptop couldn't run at that depth, X switched to the next available setting in the config file, which was 16-bit depth at 800x600 resolution. Whenever I went to change my resolution, I only changed the resolution for 24-bit depth, so it made absolutely no difference.

And yes, the neomagic driver seems to work perfectly well.

I do have one more question, though, hw-tph. What are the settings for the Horizontal and Vertical Syncs in your XF86Config file? I tried to install Fedora Core on my CPi, but it chose the wrong H/V Syncs causing the screen to be screwed up. I seriously think Dell should have put the Horizintal and Vertical Sync ranges in their tech specs! :-)
 
Old 12-27-2003, 10:22 PM   #5
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Hmmm, mine only works at 640x480 on my latitude cpi.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 12:47 PM   #6
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This is from my IBM TP600E but if I recall correctly I used the exact same parameters on my Latitude CPi 300XT.
Code:
Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Generic Monitor"
	HorizSync	30-60
	VertRefresh	50-75
	Option		"DPMS"
EndSection
If you want me to I can dig it up to verify it and post my whole XF86Config-4 for my Latitude. I never had any problems with X on that laptop (which served me well for many many years!).

Håkan
 
Old 09-12-2006, 10:04 AM   #7
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laptop screen

Did you ever find a driver that would bring the screen to the size of the monitor. I keep looking but have yet to find a solution. Many of the things I attempt to view are so poor that they can barely be read? Any suggestions on how to fix this?
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Hello.

I have exactly the same laptop. If I find a good driver, I'll certainly let you know about it.

The main problem with my display is that it doesn't scale to the full size of the screen. Plus, nothing changes when I update my resolution settings. It always stays at 800x600. I'm running Mandrake 9.1 (2.4.21)

I'll be searching around for a driver. When (or if) I find one, I'll post a link. :-)
 
Old 09-12-2006, 10:15 AM   #8
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No I don't think I ever found a good driver.. The best thing for me was the framebuffer..
I would not be surprised if there is a better solution out there. I just got better laptop and stopped looking for a better driver.
 
Old 07-08-2007, 03:04 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by QtCoder
Well, I tried to change the resolution with the Mandrake control center and by editing XF86Config-4. Neither option worked, until I found out that the Latitude CPi can only handle 16-bit color depth. Mine was set at 24 the whole time. D'oh!!

I certainly learned a lot more about how X works! Since the default resolution was 24-bit, and the laptop couldn't run at that depth, X switched to the next available setting in the config file, which was 16-bit depth at 800x600 resolution. Whenever I went to change my resolution, I only changed the resolution for 24-bit depth, so it made absolutely no difference.

And yes, the neomagic driver seems to work perfectly well.

I do have one more question, though, hw-tph. What are the settings for the Horizontal and Vertical Syncs in your XF86Config file? I tried to install Fedora Core on my CPi, but it chose the wrong H/V Syncs causing the screen to be screwed up. I seriously think Dell should have put the Horizintal and Vertical Sync ranges in their tech specs! :-)

I dont know how to do any off this. Also have a dell latitude cpi d266xt machine. Running xubuntu but graphics isnt looking pretty. Need a REALLY straight forward step by step guide to fix?. V new to linux. Anyone help?

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