Re: X fails to find my vidio card
Adam Aube wrote:
Maurice helwig wrote:
I have a Shuttle MN31N mothetboard with integrated sound and video (
Nvidia GeForce 4MX ) which works well on Windows.
Knoppix 3.3 live distro worked well so I decided to try Debian Linux.
The Install went well and the base system worked. Installing X windowing
system also went well until it tried to find my video card. After 3
attempts at initializing it indicated that it could not find a video
card on the system.
Which release - Stable (Woody), Unstable (Sarge), or Testing (Sid)?
If Stable, try getting the new Debian Installer and installing Testing
instead - it has better hardware support than Stable.
Since Knoppix is a Debian variation I thought that Debian would find
my video card without any trouble.
Knoppix has much newer software than does Debian Stable, which is
probably what makes the difference, as Adam implies above. However,
rather than starting over, just duplicate your "stable" lines in
/etc/apt/sources.list file (exepct for the "security" line) and change
the reference to "stable" in those duplicated lines to "unstable" (or
"testing", if you prefer), and then do "apt-get update" followed by
"apt-get upgrade". This'll give you a newer version of X (and all the
other upgraded packages).
You can also run "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" to tinker with the
settings, such as using "vesa" instead of the "correct" driver for your
card, or changing the color depth, etc.
PS. Adam reversed the names above; Unstable=Sid (the kid next door in
the "Toy Story" movie who was always breaking things; some folks tend to
think of it as "Still In Development"), and Testing=Sarge, which when
it's "ready" will become the new Stable.