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Old 01-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
Hylle1
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Cant make LCD Flatscreen work with Xorg


Hello

I just downloaded a brand-new Debian DVD install and installed.


My problem is that when I start X my monitor goes black and tells me "Out of range".

So Xserver havent setup my monitor correctly.

I have an Radeon 4870 graphic card installed and an LG w1943SB-pf flatscreen.

I've tried dpkg-reconfigure Xserver-org but it only seems to ask me questions about my keyboards!

Ive also tried manually editing the Xorg.conf and changing the HorizSync and VertRefresh rates to no avail.

Does anyone now an EASY way just to get this LCD Flatscreen working on a Debian 5.86 with Linux 2.6 kernel? Some cool app that does it for me would be preferable, since I havent had any luck changing the xorg.conf manually.


Also, I have installed the free open source ATI Radeon drivers, but I'm not sure im actually using it.

My xorg.conf is pretty bland and doesnt list any particular drivers. Sorry I cant copy it in here.

Thank you!

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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What version of Xorg are you using? I've not heard of Debian 5.86, but if it's Lenny (the most recent stable release) then Xorg is probably too old to have support for that GPU with the open source drivers. If you are using Lenny, I'd actually recommend upgrading. I believe that the proprietary drivers also won't work with such an old version of Xorg.

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Old 01-16-2011, 04:08 PM   #3
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Sorry I was wrong about the version number its debian-507-i386-DVD-1 I have downloaded.

It is the latest stable release yes, Lenny.

So you recommend me downloading the latest unstable release ? I can see next to the stable release you can download the testing build which is updated weekly.

debian-testing-i386-DVD-1

I will try that instead, if thats what you think I should.

After reading you post further, do you perhaps mean I should do an apt-get upgrade or something like that?

Apt-get upgrade doesn't update anything, even after an apt-get update

Using dpkg -l I could find these version numbers:

1:7.3+20 for some Xorg packages
1.4.2-10.lenny3 for Xorg Core

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Old 01-16-2011, 04:58 PM   #4
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Yeah, the open source version of the drivers in Lenny will be too old for that GPU. You should use a newer distribution, either testing/unstable for Debian or even Ubuntu, Fedora, opensuse, etc.

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Old 01-17-2011, 02:31 PM   #5
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I just installed the unstable Debian and it works perfectly with my flatscreen. Thank you very much Adam.
 
  


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