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Old 06-13-2005, 10:57 AM   #1
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Video Problem: Dell D610 with Intel 915GM integrated


I am having trouble getting X to start (screen just goes blank) on a variety of distros (FC3, umbuntu, knoppix).

In FC3 for example, the installer comes up in text mode fine but when it tries to start X the screen just goes blank. If I connect with an external monitor I can toggle the FN CRT/LCD and I can see X has started on the external monitor. If i then toggle it back to the laptop LCD I can then see the display fine on the laptop. This same thing happens with all the distros mentioned above so it seems to be specific to the onboard video and I see the same thing with a coworkers laptop.

I have tried starting the linux with the following <code>linux acpi=off apm=off</code> but the above still occurs. Any ideas?
 
Old 07-09-2005, 09:23 AM   #2
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I had the same problem. I downloaded the latest kernel from kernel.org and compiled it. I also found that it runs the i810 driver for the i915GM that is in my D610.
It took me a few times before I got it working, and unfortunatly I can't retrace my steps for you.

I did try to run the dripkg install, but it didn't seem to work. So I copied the source from that package to the source tree for my kernel and then was able to get it working. I'm running kernel 2.6.12.2 now.
 
Old 07-09-2005, 10:33 AM   #3
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Also, I just used the kernel 2.6.12-1.1390_FC4 and it also works with the i810 video driver. I'm switching back to the FC4 generic kernels.
 
Old 07-16-2005, 01:59 AM   #4
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Thanks...
Ill give FC4 a shot...
 
Old 08-01-2005, 01:55 PM   #5
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Well, it looks like FC4 out of the box has the same problem... continuing to search for a solution..
 
Old 01-27-2006, 07:43 PM   #6
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Any luck on solving this? I've found a few threads on a few boards, and I've posted my own, no one has a definitive solution. I have the D610 and the dock (the cheaper one without its own video) and I cannot get dual display working properly. I have two 19" 1280x1024 flat panels, one hooked to DVI and one VGA. I have two problems, but I'm positive they are related. The first one is if I boot to a framebuffered console while docked, the DVI connected monitor works until the framebuffer loads, then it loses signal. I can then blindly use i810switch to get the monitor connected to the VGA port on. If I don't use a framebuffer I can get both monitors on showing a cloned console. Now when starting X, I have gotten it to where dual display is working, the problem is when I start X, the DVI monitor goes blank, and the laptop's screen turns on! So I have a functional dual display with the VGA monitor and the laptop screen, but I need it on the DVI monitor. I'm running Gentoo, with a 2.6.15 kernel, xorg 6.8.99 with the i915_dri patch. Has anyone out there solved this?
 
Old 01-30-2006, 03:37 AM   #7
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If you
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man i810
it will give you the needed info to add to your xorg.conf file to get both displays working, also alot of other useful info.
 
Old 01-31-2006, 06:26 AM   #8
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Thanks mate, I stumbled upon an i810 man file the other day, who knew there were man files for video drivers , and I've got xorg working great. The problem was option "MonitorLayout", I needed "DFP,CRT" instead of "LFP, CRT" (DFP for DVI, LFP for laptop's display, CRT for VGA). I haven't tackled the framebuffer yet, I'll see what I can figure out today from that man file.
 
  


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