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Old 07-21-2003, 05:00 PM   #1
LinuZ
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Video card Help


Hey, I need to know what kind of video card i have, without going into GNOME or kde. Is there a way to do it that way? I know I should know what video card I have, but it came with the computer and I got that from my moms work.

When I type, "gdm" in the GNOME terminal, It says its not configured, and I need to configure it. I need to know the type, and the size of it.

Im aiming for a graphical login by installing gdm, but its not working. Me and a friend worked on it for 3 hours last night finding the package to install, getting it to install right, and finally configuring it.

Please help a troubled
 
Old 07-21-2003, 05:21 PM   #2
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Having your distro and release version in your profile will get more specific answers.

Log in as root and give this command:

cat /proc/pci | less

I have an AGP card and this shows up for me:
Code:
  Bus  1, device   0, function  0:
    VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 (GeForce2 MX) (rev 161).
      Master Capable.  Latency=64.  Min Gnt=5.Max Lat=1.
      Non-prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xce000000 [0xceffffff].
      Prefetchable 32 bit memory at 0xc0000000 [0xc7ffffff].
Can you figure out your video card from this?

If not:

1. Can you find that computer distributor on the internet and look up the specifications?

2. Can you open the case and look?

Handy bash commands for finding out stuff in Linux:
# Find CPU specifications
cat /proc/cpuinfo

# Find running kernel version
uname -r

# What compiler version do I have installed
gcc -v
gcc --version

# What is the running kernel and compiler installed
cat /proc/version

# Find X server version
X -showconfig

# What pci cards are installed and what irq/port is used
cat /proc/pci

# Memory and swap information
free
An article: Tips for Optimizing Linux Memory

# How are the hard drives partitioned
fdisk -l

# How much free drive space
df -h

# Show disk usage by current directory and all subdirectories
du | less

# What takes up so much space on your box
# Run from the directory in question and the largest chunk shows up last
find $1 -type d | xargs du -sm | sort -g

# What is the distribution
cat /etc/.product
cat /etc/.issue
cat /etc/issue
cat /etc/issue.net
sysinfo

# For finding or locating files
find
locate
which
whereis

# Use dmesg to view the kernel ring buffer (error messages)
dmesg | less

# Watch error messages as they happen (sysklog needed)
as root, tail -f /var/log/messages (shows last 10 lines, use a number in front of f for more lines)

# What processes are running
ps -A

# Find a process by name
ps -ef | grep -i <plain text>
For example, XCDroast
ps -ef xcdroast

# See current environment list, or pipe to file
env | more
env > environmentvariablelist.txt

# Show current userid and assigned groups
id

# See all command aliases for the current user
alias

# See rpms installed on current system
rpmquery --all | more
rpmquery --all > <filename>
rpmquery --all | grep -i <plaintext>

# What directory am I using
pwd

# Get ls colors in less
ls --color=always | less -R

Look at man <command> or info <command> for the flags I used and for other options you can use for bash commands.
 
  


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