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Old 05-06-2009, 11:08 PM   #1
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Question Ubuntu Video Driver question

okay, i am fairly new to posting, tho i read alot. i've installed ubuntu 8.04 on my Toshiba Satellite 1805 laptop (yes its old but who cares right?) the problem is, linux has always been picky with the stupid Trident 3d cyberblade card, its very hard to get working right, a few years ago i worked with slackware and got it working after a lot of trial and error, only problem is i dont remember what i did. i've tried running dpkg -reconfigure for xserver-xorg but that didnt' do anything, and i'm stuck with 800x600 resolution and its very hard to work with the laptop with the resolution like this, because unlike any desktop i use, the smaller the resolution the smaller the screen display size on this laptop i've got a border of black pixels that are unused.

if anyone could help me with a place to look, that would really save me alot of headaches.

in my xconfig ther is nothing listed about drivers or resolution, but i did confirm through aptitude that the trident drivers are installed and they are located at /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/

i just need to know how to link xserver to that driver.

thanks in advance

Old 05-06-2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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I, frankly do not know the answer to your question. Being, originally from Michigan I will make a suggestion.

Burn a LiveCD of a newer release and try that. The newer kernals may support it better.

Hardy is my main OS but I play with a bunch more and I have not had any instability on my box with Intrepid or Jaunty running as a 32 or64 box. Ubuntu does seem to love this box, some others don't (Fedora and Suse particularly).
Old 05-07-2009, 12:34 AM   #3
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Your xorf.conf may have the generic vga drivers. And hence you are not able to use it fully. If the drivers are installed but not used then change the drivers in xorg configuration file. Also see that the modules you need are not blacklisted.


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