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Old 07-26-2007, 02:16 AM   #1
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Probing Video Card - Slackware 12.0

Is there a tool or a command that I can use to probe my video card and find out more information such as: Memory size, whether I have the necessary drives for it or not, etc...

The video card that I have is: 3D RAGE II, 215GT2CB12, Rage II, limited 3D

A very old card, not even the amount of memory is documented on the card.

Any help is appreciated.
Old 07-26-2007, 09:13 AM   #2
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You can take a look at the output of
lspci -v
for info about your vga card.

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Thank you, that was useful. However, for the past 48 hours, I configured and reconfigured my xorg.conf file over and over again, in an attempt to start my X server, but i was met with failure over and over again.

The following is the output for video card info from lspci -v:

VGA compatible controller: ATI technologies Inc 3D Rage III 215GT [Mach64 GT] (prog-if 00 [VGA])
Subsystem: Ati Technologies Inc 3D rage I/II 215GT [Mach64 GT]
Flags: bus master, stepping, medium devsel, latency 32
Memory at e0000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
I/O ports at 6400 [size: 256]
Memory at e1001000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4k]
[virtual] Expansion ROM at 10000000 [disabled] [size=128k]
I did not exactly understand everything the output said, however, I was able to gather, and correct me if I am wrong, that the memory size of my card is 16 Meg, and that it can handle a 256 bit color depth. Am I correct? I tried to input the latter values during my X server configuration, but got errors every time I attempted to start X.

Can someone please confirm if I got the correct values from the above input?

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Try using lshw to figure out what the card has. There might be a package for your distro already, so look for that. Also, the GUI version (gtk-lshw) organizes things quite nicely.


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