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Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux
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Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux

The saga continues:

1) I made a mistake, I'm running v3.3.6-20 of the X rpms

2) I tried to go to ftp.freesoftware.com, but I don't know what to download

So I went to yahoo and searched for: rpm XFree86 RedHat and got lots and lots of
hits, but it just raised more questions.

1) Do I need to upgrade?
2) Do I need RedHat specific RPMs (I don't want to try to compile from source)
3) What version should I upgrade to? i.e. look at
4) I have a pIII 700mhz, do I look for i386, i586, i686 packages
i.e. have a look at http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/XFree86-libs.html, what do I

Lastly, I've reinstalled a couple of times and during the installation the
configuration always recognizes my card as a G400, and when I use a CRT I can
get X running (although on certain gateway monitors I never get all the useable
space, but that's another issue).

Guidance please

Jay Strauss
(h) 773.935.5326
(c) 312.617.0264

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Kim" <mkkim@ucdavis.edu>
To: <vox-tech@franz.mother.com>
Sent: Friday, October 06, 2000 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Flat Panel and Linux

> On Fri, 6 Oct 2000, Jay Strauss wrote:
> > Distro  - RedHat v6.2  Kernel 2.2.14-5.0
> > Does X work - Is this a trick question?  No.
> >               I can't configure X to work with my LCD. With my LCD installed
> >               I can't even do RH install in graphics mode, I have to install
> >               in text.
> I meant "does X work with your _video_card_".  The first task is to get
> the video card working.  The monitor can be worked out later.
> OK, since X isn't working, let's get the video card working first.  First,
> you need:
>    1. A CRT monitor (borrow one somewhere, perhaps from another computer)
>    2. Updated X (I don't know if XFree86 3.0.4 supports G400).
>       Download the updated RPMs for XFree (Anything that starts with
>       "X..." and anything with "MGA" in it).  I go to ftp.freesoftware.com
>       for RedHat RPMs.
> Then, you should:
>    1. Install the updated RPMs.
>    2. Configure X by running Xconfigurator or whatever tool you use.
>       Specify the Matrox G400 or Millennium as your driver.
>    3. Start X.
> Check to make sure this works.  If it works, we can proceed to configure
> the LCD monitor.  (Next e-mail :)
> > Boot loader = lilo.
> >
> > Interesting facts (possibly unrelated and misleading):  The LCD is a 15 inch
> > diagonal, when I attach it to a NT machine, the blue boot screen is centered
> > only about 5x8 inches.  When I attach to a When the LCD is attached to a
> > box the shell (text) occupies the exact same area.  As if there is something
> > inherent about the monitor that tells apps that it is only (approx) 25 lines
> > tall.
> Video cards can be placed in different "modes".  The blue screen of death
> and the Linux text console are both in "text mode", so video card is
> placed in the "text mode".  The LCD monitor, apparently, is able to
> display the text mode only at that size.
> -Mark
> ---
> Mark K. Kim
> http://www.cbreak.org/mark/
> PGP key available upon request.

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