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Old 06-05-2003, 09:55 PM   #1
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Can someone please help me :(

I just got my new inspiron 5100 and am having a hell of a time getting the Xconfigurator to set up my video card properlt. It auto probes a radeon mobility m6 LW card but I know it has the Radeon 7500 mobility (32 bit)...I am using Linux 7.2 distro and when i type startx i just get a blank black screen...hmmm...i have tried repeatedly to use the Xconfig tool to no avail. Does anyone know a good setup or monitor type to input into Xconfigurator that works on the Dell 5100?
Old 06-05-2003, 10:00 PM   #2
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go with the generic video card, it may work. but it would be better if you can get your hands on a new version of the distro. it will have the support for your card. or else you can search for a driver and then you and install the module.
Old 06-05-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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Please consider your subject in a post.

How to ask questions about Linux

Linux 7.2 is not a distro
# What is the distribution
cat /etc/.product
cat /etc/.issue
cat /etc/issue
cat /etc/

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers
Old 12-12-2003, 05:04 PM   #4
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I have installed Mandrake 9.1 on a inspiron 5100 and the only problem I have is the modem.

The video card works with 3d Acceletation. Download or find a copy of Mandrake 9.1 (I liked better than 9.2) and it is an easy installation


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