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#1 2006-03-19 13:27:26

Galdona
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how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

I understand that with xorg7 we need to separetly install the video drivers unlike before. how can i determine exactly which driver to install? how can i find out about my video hardware?

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#2 2006-03-19 14:10:04

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

it depend on what video card you use, Ati or nvidia?
you should search pacman -Ss ^ati or pacman -Ss ^nvidia to determine what package shoulde be used.

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#3 2006-03-19 14:41:22

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

Or, if you don't have one of the 'big name' video cards, you'll need one of the xf86-video- packages.

Try running hwd -s or hwd -s | grep Video to see what brand of video hardware you have.

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#4 2006-03-19 15:28:09

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

Cerebral--so that means i can use that to determine what kind of hardware i have, and then look for a driver package that match, i will try that.

i dont have ati or nvidia. i have been trying to get my monitor refresh rate right by editing xorg.conf, but it keeps going to an odd 87Hz, and the screen slightly trembles at this frequency. (i did not know that i do not have installed any video dirvers yet).

I got to kdm, but at 87Hz only. In xorg.conf I tried using vertical sync and horizontal refresh values only, and then commented that and tried modelines only, and then both, but it wont go to 75 Hz, which is what i want.

the modelines and the other configs are not working. i will try installing drivers when i get to boot arch again.

thank you very much  smile

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#5 2006-03-19 16:58:43

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

If you don't know what drivers you need and don't care about some extra: they're in the xorg-video-drivers group.

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#6 2006-03-19 17:01:31

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

Yup, hwd's a neat little tool that way.  The video packages are fairly intelligently named too, so that if, say, you have a savage card, you'd install xf86-video-savage, etc...

if you don't have hwd you'll have to pacman it (pacman -S hwd)

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#7 2006-03-19 18:41:46

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

i did the grep command:

hwd -s | grep Video
  Video      : Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]|86C326 server: Xorg (vesa)

and i installed the sis drivers through pacman.

do i now need to do anything in xorg.conf?

here is my xorg.conf:

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Xorg Configured"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
# PS/2 Mouse not detected
# Serial Mouse not detected
        InputDevice    "USB Mouse" "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "AllowMouseOpenFail"  "true"
    
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath      "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
    ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/PEX"
# Additional fonts: Locale, Gimp, TTF...
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
#    FontPath     "/usr/share/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/75dpi"
#    FontPath     "/usr/share/lib/X11/fonts/latin2/100dpi"
# True type and type1 fonts are also handled via xftlib, see /etc/X11/XftConfig!
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/ttf/decoratives"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/latex-ttf-fonts"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/defoma/CID"
    FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/defoma/TrueType"
EndSection

Section "Module"
        Load  "ddc"  # ddc probing of monitor
    Load  "dbe"
    Load  "dri"
    Load  "extmod"
    Load  "glx"
        Load  "bitmap" # bitmap-fonts
    Load  "type1"
    Load  "freetype"
    Load  "record"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    Driver      "keyboard"
        Option      "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "dvorak"
    Option "XkbVariant" ""
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Serial Mouse"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option      "Protocol" "Microsoft"
    Option      "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
    Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option      "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    Option        "SendCoreEvents"  "true"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "PS/2 Mouse"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option      "Protocol" "auto"
    Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
    Option      "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
    Option      "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    Option        "SendCoreEvents"  "true"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "USB Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mice"
    Option        "SendCoreEvents"    "true"
        Option          "Protocol"              "IMPS/2"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
        Option          "Buttons"               "5"
EndSection

# Auto-generated by Archie mkxcfg

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
        Option "DPMS" "true"
    #Option "IgnoreEDID" "true"
    HorizSync    30 - 70 
    VertRefresh  50 - 75
    #  Default modes distilled from
    #      "VESA and Industry Standards and Guide for Computer Display Monitor
    #       Timing", version 1.0, revision 0.8, adopted September 17, 1998.
    #  $XFree86: xc/programs/Xserver/hw/xfree86/etc/vesamodes,v 1.4 1999/11/18 16:52:17 tsi Exp $

    # 1024x768i @ 43Hz (industry standard) hsync: 35.5kHz
#    ModeLine "1024x768"   44.9 1024 1032 1208 1264    768  768  776  817 +hsync +vsync Interlace
    # 1024x768 @ 60Hz (VESA) hsync: 48.4kHz
#    ModeLine "1024x768"   65.0 1024 1048 1184 1344    768  771  777  806 -hsync -vsync
    # 1024x768 @ 70Hz (VESA) hsync: 56.5kHz
#    ModeLine "1024x768"   75.0 1024 1048 1184 1328    768  771  777  806 -hsync -vsync
    # 1024x768 @ 75Hz (VESA) hsync: 60.0kHz
#    ModeLine "1024x768"   78.8 1024 1040 1136 1312    768 769 772  800 +hsync +vsync
    # 1024x768 @ 85Hz (VESA) hsync: 68.7kHz
#    ModeLine "1024x768"   94.5 1024 1072 1168 1376    768  769  772 808 +hsync +vsync


EndSection

# Auto-generated by Archie mkxcfg

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Card0"
    Driver      "vesa"
    VendorName  "All"
    BoardName   "All"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Card0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"
    DefaultColorDepth 16
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     1
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     4
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     8
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     15
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     16
        Modes "1024x768 "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     24
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     32
        Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
EndSection

even with this, i am getting 1024x768 at 87Hz, which has some faint horizontal lines all over the screen.

when i remove 1024x768:

SubSection "Display"
        Depth     16
        Modes "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection

it goes to 800x600 at 56Hz, which flickers very much.

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#8 2006-03-19 19:42:47

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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

you should change

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Card0"
   Driver      "vesa"
   VendorName  "All"
   BoardName   "All"
EndSection 

to

Section "Device"
   Identifier  "Card0"
   Driver      "sis"
   VendorName  "All"
   BoardName   "All"
EndSection 

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#9 2006-03-19 20:26:53

Galdona
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Re: how to get proper video drivers for xorg7 [solved]

thank you so much! that has worked. i love this community  tongue im learning a lot about linux.

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