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eyemopiated 07-17-2001 05:09 PM

garbagy screen, says "PC Display settings correct?"

ok, so im a windows person, but i have been using a computer since i was about 8 or so.. started with the commodore 128, then dos, win 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98..... whatever they're all the same crappy os's (windows i mean)

So i got a copy of Mandrake 7.2 and installed it on a compaq presario 7947. its basically a crap pc, like my presario 5000 series.. only diff. is the 7000 series has a much bigger case and is more upgradeable.

the 7947 im running linux on has a AMD Athlon 600, 64 ram, ati all-in-wonder 128 32mb agp card, 30gb western digital, firewire.. thats all the important stuff.

Basically i switched the resolution from 640x480 -> 800x600, and the screen wants to turn off now, so for me to see anything i have to turn the screeen off and on again, and even THEN it only lasts about 5 seconds and i have to turn it off and on again!!
UGH its frustrating.
overall though i am impressed with the setup.. seems pretty stable except for the video stuff.

thx for any help

jostber 07-18-2001 04:09 AM

What XFree86 version do you use? I would recommend version 4.0.3 or the new 4.1.0 to get optimal video performance.

Here is an overview of the drivers you should use based on X-version:

cinnix 07-18-2001 07:55 AM

It sounds to me like you are overloading your monitor. Although rare, it is possible to fry your monitor by choosing the wrong settings. Make sure you are choosing te correct video card and monitor settings when you are setting up X.

eyemopiated 07-18-2001 01:52 PM

monitor is working now @ std. res., as for the video, absol. clueless
I'm really at a loss, i need a linux for idiots book, or the like hehe

So my monitor is working ok now.. i just wont put it at any higher res's.
If there is an equivalent program in linux (which i bet there isn't :) to internet connection wizard for windows, what would it be called if there is.
I cant get my net setup on this box yet.
Are there a few key programs that i should be using to help setup the net.
i live in halifax nova scotia, and have eastlink cable hsi.
thanks in advance

cinnix 07-19-2001 04:29 AM

I found this by doing a search on

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