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Old 08-19-2007, 02:13 PM   #1
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Low screen resolution problem: Fedora 7, Via P4M800Pro, Via/S3G Unichrome Pro IGP


I have Fujitsu-Siemens AMILO Pro V2030 15" notebook with P4M800Pro motherboard and VIA/S3G Unichrome Pro IGP graphics card. I installed Fedora 7.

System >>> Preferences >>> Hardware >>> Screen resolution offers me only 800x600 or 640x480 and refresh rate 61. I need 1024x768 screen resolution.

I tried to install pre-compiled driver binary (linux-fbdev-kernel-bin_2.6.00.03a.tgz) provided by following installation instructions:
# vi /boot/grub/menu.lst (and add "vga=791")
# reboot
# tar zxvf linuxlinux-fbdev-kernel-bin_2.6.00.03a.tgz
# cd linux-fbdev-kernel-bin_2.6.00.03a
# ./viamenu (option 1. for install driver)

Here I got message:
-------- install start --------
./vinstall_2D: line 157: ldconfig: command not found
./vinstall_2D: line 176: depmod: command not found
-------- vinstall end --------
You can run vunistall to Rollback.

I replaced ldconfig and depmod in vinstall_2D file with /sbin/ldconfig and /sbin/depmod, respectively and tried again:
# ./viamenu

Now no error message is reported, however, installation does not proceed, because no message ("Now start to install VIA/S3G display utility..." etc. is reported between "install start" and "vinstall end" line:
-------- install start --------
-------- vinstall end --------
You can run vunistall to Rollback.

Last step is to load the module to the system; is the error here because the driver has not been installed or is this another problem?:
# /sbin/modprobe viafb mode=800x600 bpp=16
FATAL: Error inserting viafb (/lib/modules/2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen/kernel/drivers/video/viafb.ko): Invalid module format

What is wrong? I tried forum at but I did not get help there.
The only thing I need is to have 1024x768 screen resolution.
I would appreciate very much if anybody can help me.


/etc/X11/xorg.conf is below:
# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Synaptics" "CorePointer"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
Option "LeftEdge" "120"
Option "RightEdge" "830"
Option "TopEdge" "120"
Option "BottomEdge" "650"
Option "FingerLow" "14"
Option "FingerHigh" "15"
Option "MaxTapMove" "110"
Option "VertScrollDelta" "20"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.3"
Option "MaxSpeed" "0.75"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Old 08-25-2007, 08:27 AM   #2
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system-config-display (remember u hv to be root) can help, but i realised myself, Fedora 7 only has 2 options, so i edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf as root and i changed my resolution to 1024x768, and rebooted. I hope this helps.
Old 08-26-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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Thank you for your suggestion. I tried that a time ago but it did not work.

I solved my problem by switching from Fedora to OpenSUSE (no graphics card driver was needed) and I am absolutely happy.


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