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Old 09-11-2006, 05:30 PM   #1
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Xservers problems old laptop colors reversed

I managed to get Damn Small Linux installed to the HD of an old laptop (Gateway Solo P3C, Pentium 1, 1.4 GB HD, 40 MB RAM).

I can hardly believe how great the hardware detection is in DSL. And for such an old and practically worthless machine, it can surf like crazy using Dillo.

But the trouble is, the LCD display colors are reversed. I have tried every possible cheat code and xsetup option, but no dice. It looks kind of cool and psychedelic, but gets on your nerves after awhile.

I thought about trying to install XFree86. But would this help? I have tried to install it actually using both apt-get and DSLs extension. But I am lost and it never works.

I don't know a lot about Xservers and monitors, but I am not afraid of the command line. I just don't know what to do. Nothing I have read has really made any sense so far.

Maybe someone will be willing to help me. I can send output from files if you tell me where to find it.

Oh yeah, the chipset is CT65548 and the monitor is a pretty standard (I think) 800 x 600 SVGA, 256 colors. If that helps...
Old 09-13-2006, 01:52 AM   #2
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You have probably already tried this, but have you tried using the VESA drivers? I have found that on older hardware they often have better results... surprisingly. Also, have you check the panels physical connection to the laptop? The film cable might have slipped a little bit and caused something weird.
Old 09-13-2006, 09:00 AM   #3
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Hmmm. I am not sure if I have tried the VESA drivers or not. I have run a configuration script called xsetup and in that routine you can choose VESA and I have. Is that what you mean? I am not really knowledgable about this X stuff.

The monitor looked fine before I nuked Windows 95, so I doubt that it is a loose cable. But thanks for the reply.


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