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Old 07-22-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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laptop ATI mobility


OK I was going at my problem before all wrong. I finally figured out I don't have an NVIDIA card afterall, but instead I have an ATI mobility 128 AGP 4X, with an M4 AGP 4X chip type. I have a dell inspiron 8000 and I've installed Mandrake 9.1 on my linux partition. X won't start and I'm still assuming it's because of my graphics card. I've gone to the ATI website and for mobility they tell you to go to the manufacturer's of your laptop website. So, I went to the dell website and you have to list that your looking for video drivers and then your OS, but they only have red hat linux listed for any linux system so I chose that. The only video driver they have is for ATI mobililty 3/ mobility 4. It says at the website
this rpm installs correct XF86config-4 file for portable LCD panel that can do 1024x768 with ATI Rage Mobility M3 chipset. XFree86 4.0.1 is required.
I'm not sure if it matters if I have an M4 chipset and it's for the M3 chipset, but that's all they offer. After I install the rpm it says
XConfig-atimp3-1024 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 saved as /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.rpmorig

If I look at the files my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 is the same as my /dell/X11/XF86Config-1024 I think. I'll post one of them here. My problem is that X still won't run. I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions??


Here's my /etc/X11/XF86Config-4

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "GLcore"
Load "dbe"
Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "pex5"
Load "record"
Load "xie"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Monitor Model"
HorizSync 31.5 - 48.5
VertRefresh 60
Modeline "1024x768" 65.000 1024 1048 1065 1344 768 770 776 806
EndSection

Section "Device"
### Available Driver options are:-
#Option "NoAccel"
#Option "SWcursor"
#Option "HWcursor"
#Option "Dac6Bit"
#Option "Dac8Bit"
#Option "ForcePCIMode"
#Option "CCEPIOMode"
#Option "CCENoSecurity"
#Option "CCEusecTimeout"
#Option "AGPMode"
#Option "AGPSize"
#Option "RingSize"
#Option "VBListSize"
#Option "VBSize"
#Option "UseCCEfor2D"
#Option "PanelWidth"
#Option "PanelHeight"
#Option "UseFBDev"
Identifier "Card0"
Driver "r128"
VendorName "ATI"
BoardName "Rage 128 Mobility LF"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Card0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
EndSection
 
Old 07-22-2003, 05:56 PM   #2
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mandrake should support that card out of the box. try running XF86Config or the equivalent in your distro--I haven't used mandrake, so if someone knows help me out. Pick the 'ATI Rage Mobility 128' driver, that should work. It's not a rage card, but I've always been able to use this driver.
 
Old 07-22-2003, 06:36 PM   #3
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I guess I've sort of figured it out. I reinstalled and chose the vesa driver instead of the one it automatically picks (ati rage 128) and it seems to work fine. I don't know if this will restrict me in some other graphics areas but it's up and working as far as I can tell.
 
Old 07-23-2003, 05:36 PM   #4
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the only restrictive problem I've had with this card is getting '3d hardware acceleration' to work. in the gui configuration tool, the checkbox is consistently greyed out, although I know my card is capable of it. I'm sure there are a million topics on this subject, though.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 02:35 PM   #5
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Try setting the VertRefresh 60 to VertRefresh 50-70 or some range around there..... I can't remember the range exactly, but thats the way to solve the problem. Or at least thats what I was shown when I started last week :-)
 
Old 08-20-2003, 03:28 AM   #6
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laptop ATI mobility (URGENT)

hi,
I am having exactly the same problem with the exact same configuration ATI mobility on inspiron 8000, mandrake 9.1...Has the problem be solved before? I can't find any information regarding this issue ...

WebChivo
 
Old 08-20-2003, 08:12 PM   #7
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All I did was choose the generic vesa drivers during installation and everything has been working fine for several weeks. I was told that the only thing that I won't be able to do is 3-d games, but I didn't care about that. So, if you want the ability to play 3-d games you need to figure something out otherwise just choose the generic drivers.
 
Old 08-22-2003, 12:39 AM   #8
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I have a dell c640 laptop with an ati radeon m7 chip. I installed redhat 8 and 9 and the 3d drivers work right out of the box. You may want to give red hat a try. I am able to play quake 3, ut2003, warcraft iii, etc... using glxgears I get over 800 fps :-)

w0rd.

oh! I also might add that my screen resolution is set at 1400x1200

Last edited by sput; 08-22-2003 at 12:41 AM.
 
Old 09-03-2003, 11:21 AM   #9
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can you just give us your XF86Config?
 
Old 09-03-2003, 04:13 PM   #10
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Sure thing!


# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"
EndSection

Section "Files"
# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.

# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.

RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"

# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"

# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

#Section "InputDevice"
# Driver "synaptics"
# Identifier "Mouse0"
# Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
# Option "Edges" "1900 5400 1800 3900"
# Option "Finger" "25 30"
# Option "MaxTapTime" "20"
# Option "MaxTapMove" "220"
# Option "VertScrollDelta" "100"
# Option "MinSpeed" "0.02"
# Option "MaxSpeed" "0.18"
# Option "AccelFactor" "0.0010"
# Option "Repeater" "/dev/ps2mouse"
# Option "SHMConfig" "on"
#EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Unprobed Monitor"
HorizSync 31.5 - 37.9
VertRefresh 50.0 - 70.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "radeon"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "ATI Radeon Mobility 7500"
VideoRam 32768
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 16
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1400x1050"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection
 
Old 09-11-2003, 08:06 PM   #11
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thanks imma try
 
Old 06-07-2004, 05:55 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by h1tman
thanks imma try
if you have any success let me know, i'm running mandrake 9.1 on a dell 7500 inspiron, it has a 1400x1050 lcd and 8MB on the ati rageon mobility-p card.

i have severe doubts that i'm going to be able to have 3d accelerated video given the 8mb cap. however, it doesn't hurt to ask i guess.

thanks much

- perry

ps.
incidentally, out of the box, mandrake's video setup kicks ass, i have no complaints with it other than that it doesn't seem to support 3d hardware accerlated, that is, according to the wine3x diagnostic tool, and ofcourse from trying to play quake on it (it maxes out the cpu and in no time, the fan kicks in)
 
  


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