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Old 02-17-2005, 07:22 AM   #1
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Question Graphics problems installing Mandrake 10.1 on Compaq Armada E500 notebook

Total newbie. Installed Mandrake 10.1 on a Compaq Armada E500 notebook, i think it is series pp2060 (i.e. old, at least 6 years).

It is failing to recognise graphics card or monitor. Trouble is I'm pretty sure there is no graphics card, so i don't know what to select in the system configuration options. Anyway after running "test" in system configuration part of install, gives error message, and "failed to load module "/usr/x11r6/lib/modules/extensions/libglx.a (once only module, 135962511) (EE) No devices detected. Try changing some parameters". Also gives "bringing up interface eth0 - failed" on boot and something about cpufreq which goes by so fast i can't even read it. Install otherwise seems fine except that having only BASH leaves me pretty much helpless.

I think the "failed to load module" error is just saying it can't run graphics because it doesn't recognise a monitor or graphics card. The "eth0" fail is probably not relevant, i *think* the broadband internet connection actually worked because i ran the "look for updates" at the end of install and it said "finished" without complaints.

Bad news is I did a hard drive wipe so can't go back to windows to look at settings. Dumb. I have tried to research this but no luck. All I could come up with was maybe need for bios update or switch bios so it doesn't do OS pnp? I had a very old version of Windows NT running before which I thought had no OS pnp, so I thought that wouldn't need changing.

Let me re-emphasise newbie. As Denzel Washington said in Philadelphia, "Explain it to me like I'm a two year old". Many thanks.

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Old 02-17-2005, 11:13 AM   #2
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The problem may be this:
(i.e. old, at least 6 years)
Support for older laptop video cards in Linux is very "iffy", at best.
Old 02-21-2005, 05:39 AM   #3
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I reinstalled XP and checked the card, it is definitely an ATI Rage Mobility. Yet it won't work when I select it during the install. What else could be the problem?
Old 02-26-2005, 12:36 AM   #4
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Hi Pepik,

I faced the same problem few days ago.
Mandrake installation seem to have problem recognizing the Graphics & Monitor.

But I managed to solve it by re-installing Mandrake for the second time (put your CD in the drive, restart & perform installation)

The option I chosed was the following:
Graphics Card: ATI Rage Mobility
Monitor: Flat Panel 800x600
Resolution : 800x600 24bpp

Hope it helps.


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