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Old 02-01-2006, 09:54 PM   #1
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Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Unhappy Really struggling with ATI

I have a new laptop HP nx6125. It has a ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M Series card. Running 64-bit Fedore Core 4 with 2.6.14 kernel.

I downloaded the ATI 64-bit drivers (8.21.7) and installed. All is good. fglrxinfo shows:

display: :0.0 screen: 0
OpenGL vendor string: ATI Technologies Inc.
OpenGL renderer string: RADEON XPRESS 200M Series SW TCL Generic
OpenGL version string: 2.0.5582 (8.21.7)

This is all great.

I have a docking station, thus dual-head and a secondary monitor. A Dell FP1901.

My screen resolution on the laptop LCD is 1400x1050 and I want my second monitor to be 1280x1024. Dual head just leaves trash all over both screens, like the resolution is messed up, but changing that never helps. So I gave in and run a expanded horizontal screen setup.

Now on my second screen, whenever I move my mouse near the bottom of the screen, a lot of choppy squares appear in a vertical line above my mouse and then my mouse goes through the bottom of the screen and appears on the top of the screen.

I tried to make a screenshot of this, but the phamton stuff does not appear on the screen shot.

Does anyone have any suggestions to get the phamton squares off my screen.

# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "aticonfig Screen 0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Synaptics" "AlwaysCore"

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"

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

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 "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Synaptics"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "LCD Panel 1400x1050"
HorizSync 31.5 - 90.0
VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "aticonfig Monitor 0"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "vesa"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "VESA driver (generic)"

Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Graphics Adapter 0"
Driver "fglrx"
Option "(null)"
Option "DesktopSetup" "horizontal"
Option "Mode2" "1280x1024"
BusID "PCI:1:5:0"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "1400x1050" "1280x960" "1280x800" "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "aticonfig Screen 0"
Device "ATI Graphics Adapter 0"
Monitor "aticonfig Monitor 0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
Old 02-01-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2006
Location: Canada
Distribution: OpenSuSe 10.2 (Home and Laptop) CentOS 5.0 (Server)
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wow, thnak for including the conf file. um, is there anyhting special needed driver wise by the expansion unit. or did is jsut work?

seems to me (and i aint a genious) that there a conflict with the video hardware, (linux + ATI isnt freindly) and the expnasion unit. anyone got any clues for this guy?


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