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Old 11-11-2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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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?

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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.
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I can't get xorgconfig to run. What is the syntax?
Old 11-12-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
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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
Old 11-12-2006, 11:28 AM   #5
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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.
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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.
Old 11-12-2006, 12:52 PM   #7
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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".
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Ran it, configured it, and still getting the same errors.
Old 11-12-2006, 01:14 PM   #9
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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.
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Mod note: I've merged your two threads, as they basically cover the same issue
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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.
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You need to configure your X server. If you're using Red Hat 9 or earlier, then try xf86config.


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