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justintree 11-11-2006 06:34 PM

Graphics card & monitor
I have just installed redhat on my machine, however it is unable to recognize my monitor (viewsonic VA712b) or graphics card (Radeon X1300PRO). the startx command does not work, because when installing it asked me for the graphics card and monitor from a drop down list, and neither of mine were available so I went with the defaults. Anyone know how to fix this?


The_Outlander 11-12-2006 03:45 AM

I am not sure of your experience, but maybe the following will be of assistance. Checkout support for your monitor and card in other forums. Otherwise, determine the horizontal and vertical refresh rates for your monitor (if you have a knoppix live cd lying around you could boot it up and see what values it displays during the boot process). You need accurate values particularly for horizontal refresh otherwise you could damage your monitor.

Login as root and run xorgconfig and enter the required values as promted. Choose generic radeon I think it is, or ATI support. There are other options in xorgconfig - read very carefully - most you can answer the defaults. It's not that difficult. If you make a mistake ctrl C out and start again.

justintree 11-12-2006 09:54 AM

I can't get xorgconfig to run. What is the syntax?

justintree 11-12-2006 12:24 PM

startx Problems
Linux Version: Redhat 8.0
Kernel: 2.4.18-14 on an i686

When I type startx I get fatal IO error 104 (connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0", as well as "Fatal server error: no screens found"

I posted a similar topic in the hardware section, and they told me to reconfigure my h/w using xorgconfig (except I don't know how to use xorgconfig, so I just reinstalled linux and configured it right from the start). Anyone know what's going on?

P.S. I'm a real linux newbie, so be gentle with the technical jargon

Nylex 11-12-2006 12:28 PM

If you're using Red Hat 8 as you mentioned in your other thread, you won't have xorgconfig, it'll be something like xf86config or xf86cfg. If you are using Red Hat 8, use a newer distro because Red Hat 8 is old and no longer supported.

breman 11-12-2006 12:48 PM

you should use the xorgconfig like previously suggested. try just logging in as root and typing xorgconfig or xorgcfg and it should take you through a kinda hardware wizard.

reddazz 11-12-2006 01:52 PM

Redhat 8.0 is a very old distro so doesn't use xorg. The right way to reconfigure the graphics card would be to run "xf86config".

justintree 11-12-2006 01:54 PM

Ran it, configured it, and still getting the same errors.

whk 11-12-2006 02:14 PM

Hi there
If your box is less that three years old then RH8 will not work unless you contact the controller mfg for a linux driver. Also installing is difficult with added flags to write.
I have this card:
VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 440 AGP 8x] (rev a2)
It's about three years old and it still works with RH8.
Check out a newer distro for an easier install.

BTW, the bios and soundcard will have issues with RH8.

J.W. 11-12-2006 09:36 PM

Mod note: I've merged your two threads, as they basically cover the same issue

f2read 01-21-2007 12:06 AM

startx fatal server error: no screens found
I don't know if anyone is going to get this post. I have REDHAT and have a laptop Compaq Evo N600c. I guess this is old to. I can not get startx to run either. Do I just buy new stuff and everything will work? I have ATI mobility radeon.

Nylex 01-21-2007 01:36 AM

You need to configure your X server. If you're using Red Hat 9 or earlier, then try xf86config.

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