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Old 04-18-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
mrfarad
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Any easy way to get back to Post Install Configuration?


I seem to have messed up my video driver configuration from what Ubuntu had detetrmined was the correct settings at install. I had tried to load the ATI driver configuration for my onboard video chip set on my Asus M3A78-EMH HDMI MoBo. Is there an easy way to at least get back to where I was? I removed the fxgl (?) driver I had installed, but now Ubuntu wont recognize anything above 800x400 resolution. I don't really have anything on this machine that I need to keep, so I could do a total reinstall, but I was hoping that there may be a way of 'repairing'the initial Ubuntu 7.10 install.
 
Old 04-18-2008, 11:03 PM   #2
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It sounds like Ubuntu resorted to the generic vesa driver. If this is the case you would see "vesa" as the driver in the Device section of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, in which case you would edit that part of the file and replace "vesa" with "ati".
If that seems like a challenge, try running this command:
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sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
This command in Debian runs a more friendly graphic application for reconfiguring the xorg.conf file. It should do the same for Ubuntu. Although I'm not entirely sure, but I believe it's the same utility that was used during the initial installation to configure the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, and if you choose to leave all answers set at the default it presents, you should have the same graphics you had from a fresh install.
It is advisable to first gather all kinds of information from manuals either in your possession or on-line to get proper refresh rates for the monitor and the likes to really customize this file, for questions you don't know the answer to, just hit enter to accept the default.

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Old 04-18-2008, 11:58 PM   #3
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Thanks alot for the input. It has indeed gone to a Vesa driver, but that's what it was after the install. It's just a lot dumber than it was before. I'll scope out the monitor info, and do as you said. Then maybe I'll tackle trying to get the on board ATI drivers working correctly. I've read a little bit about the ATI linux drivers on a AMD 64 bit CPU, and I think it may be a bit of a challenge. But that just makes it more interesting doesn't it?

Mike
 
Old 04-19-2008, 12:20 AM   #4
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But that just makes it more interesting doesn't it?
Sounds like it's getting in your blood, which is not bad thing. I have NVidia, I think you should be able to install ATI through your package manager(s), funny name though...'flrgx'...some of the letters I believe are part of it's name. Or even get drivers straight from the horse's a**.
 
Old 04-19-2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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Thanks Junior Hacker, the reeconfigure command worked like a charm. I had tried to install the ATI drivers through the Ubuntu Package Manager, but it didn't work. Now that I researched my monitor settings, I might try to install them again.

And you're right about all of my letters not being exactly correct, I think the proper driver is fglrx.

Mike
 
  


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