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Old 10-21-2003, 11:19 AM   #1
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1024x600 on Portege 300CT


I have a Toshiba Portege 300CT running Slackware 9.0. I use Loadlin to boot Slackware. The Portege uses a Chips&Technologies CT65554 with 2 meg.

My question is to know if anyone knows if there is a vga=# for the 1024x600 video mode for Loadlin? I know 788 gives 800x600 and 791 gives 1024x768. If there is no such number then maybe there's something that can be done to force either Loadlin or the console to run in 1024x600.

I also would like to know if anyone has gotten XFree86 to run in 1024x600 and what to place in the config file. I know to place a 'modeline', but I don't know what numbers to place.

I don't mean to give the impression that I'm asking for a hand-out; I'm just a newbie learning as I go and asking questions for things I can't figure out on my own.

Thanks in advance,
Jason
 
Old 10-22-2003, 11:08 PM   #2
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"My question is to know if anyone knows if there is a vga=# for the
1024x600 video mode for Loadlin?"

To find out what modes you can use in vga= type in the following command:
hwinfo --framebuffer
This will give you the possible modes in hex which you convert to decimal
and make part of your vga= command. For example:
mode 0x314 means vga=788
mode 0x317 means vga=791


"would like to know if anyone has gotten XFree86 to run in 1024x600 and
what to place in the config file. I know to place a 'modeline', but I
don't know what numbers to place."

I don't know either but here are some links to where some other people
thrashed out the same question:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=26479

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=31786

Here is a copy of Simon Funk's XF86Config-4

http://www.interstice.com/journals/S...1/XF86Config-4



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Old 10-24-2003, 09:13 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by jailbait
To find out what modes you can use in vga= type in the following command:
hwinfo --framebuffer
This will give you the possible modes in hex which you convert to decimal
and make part of your vga= command. For example:
mode 0x314 means vga=788
mode 0x317 means vga=791
Thanks for the info, but now for a really dumb question:
Where can I find 'hwinfo'?

I get a 'command not found' (or something like that) message when I type it into the console. Also, 'whereis' doesn't find it.

I located a DOS/Windows 'hwinfo' and will look at it, but I doubt this is what you're talking about.

And I downloaded the XF86Config-4 and will look at it once I've copied it to the Portege.

Thanks again,
Jason

Last edited by coujeaux; 10-24-2003 at 09:31 AM.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
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"Where can I find 'hwinfo'?"

On my machine hwinfo can be run by root but not by user. If you don't have hwinfo installed there is a rpm available called hwinfo.


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Old 10-24-2003, 11:18 AM   #5
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Ok, here's where I'm at now.

I downloaded hwinfo-7.17-1.i586.rpm from some SUSE site. When I run 'hwinfo --framebuffer' I get the following:
Quote:
No bios found at 0xc0000
v_bios: No such file or directory
Just running hwinfo by itself returns all sorts of good information, but not the video info. It does see the video card (Chips&Tech. CT65554), but nothing more.

Any thoughts from here. Is hwinfo only for SUSE or is there a general .rpm to download?

Jason
 
Old 10-24-2003, 12:58 PM   #6
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"Is hwinfo only for SUSE or is there a general .rpm to download?"

I didn't realize it before you asked but hwinfo seems to be only distributed by SuSE. At boot time the SuSE boot scripts run a program called hwbootscan which builds a data base of the hardware. Then hwinfo uses that data base to find and query individual pieces of hardware. There are no man pages for either hwbootscan or hwinfo. There is hwinfo -h and /usr/share/doc/packages/hwinfo/README. The rpm package also includes a program called hwscan which I do not know what it does. Try:
rpm -ql hwinfo

hwbootscan is part of the hwinfo rpm. So you could try running hwbootscan as root and then hwinfo. I just tried this on my machine and nothing disasterous happened. hwinfo still works OK.

It is also possible that the CT65554 does not report very much when it is queried.

If you cannot get hwinfo to report the modes that your "Chips&Technologies CT65554 with 2 meg" supports maybe you can use Google to find some advertising that gives the modes supported by the chipset.


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Old 10-24-2003, 03:08 PM   #7
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Hwscan and hwbootscan don't seem to do much. Well, I'm off for a while to try and find something on the search engines like you suggested. Google hasn't turned up anything yet, but we'll see.

I'll keep an eye on this thread to see if anyone comes up with any info and report here what I find.

Jason
 
  


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