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Re: Video Card and Hard Drives

Unk McThunderpants wrote:

I'm running Etch with kernel 2.6.18-4-686 and KDE on a Toshiba TE2100 (tecra), and I'm having some issues with my video card.

It's an nVidia GeForce4 420 GO, which is, as far as I know, supported by the Legacy nvidia drivers.

I've tried the NV driver for XOrg, the proprietary nVidia drivers (legacy and not) from the website as well as the nvidia-glx and nvidia-glx-legacy packages. The non-legacy packages all don't work at all, and the legacy ones only give me a max resolution of 800x600. when I use the VESA driver for Xorg I can get 1024x768 which is, according to the spec sheet, what the screen can handle up to.

the problem with this is that the neither the NV or vesa drivers seem to have any 3D acceleration etc. (I know it's only got 16MB of VRAM... but I'm not trying to play oblivion here :-P )

Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do to remedy this?

I have a TE2100 also, dual boot Sid/WinXP (I replaced it 6 months ago and it's now logging a weather station under WinXP - can't get the software to work under Linux). It runs Sid with a 2.6.22-1-686 kernel and Gnome. The 7185 legacy package compiles and installs.
You'll need to make sure all the Debian nvidia packages are purged first.

The installer says you need the kernel source but all you need is the headers for your kernel.
Install the module, change the xorg.conf file driver from "nv" to "nvidia".
There is a problem with the way the driver reads the display "Extended Display Identification Data" (EDID) which results in the 800x600 display.
Add to the Device section:

Option   "ignoreEDID"      "true"

Also I was wondering if there are any compatibility issues with using USB Hard drives that anyone knows of, or are they all fine? I'm assuming that they just show up as Mass Storage Devices or something, but before I go out and spend $150 on one, I thought I might just ask...

The only problem I found with USB drives, including thumb drives, is the USB 1.1 interface. At 12mb/s it's chronically slow, taking me 10 hours to do a backup. I bought a 2 port USB 2.0 pcmcia card, which then needed an external power supply. One of the reasons I replaced the TE2100 was the failure of the pcmcia with that card, brought on when I tripped over the power supply cord and overloaded the pcmcia bus.

Been away for a few weeks, hence the delayed response.

Hope this helps,
thanks a lot in advance


p.s. In case it helps, here's some outputs...

$ lspci -v [...] 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go] (rev a3) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Unknown device 0001
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 10
        Memory at fd000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
        Memory at dc000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
        Memory at dbf80000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=512K]
        [virtual] Expansion ROM at dbf00000 [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [44] AGP version 2.0

$ cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "Module"
        Load    "bitmap"
        Load    "ddc"
        Load    "dri"
        Load    "extmod"
        Load    "freetype"
        Load    "glx"
        Load    "int10"
        Load    "vbe"
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "GeForce 420 Go"
        Driver          "vesa"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option          "UseFBDev"              "true"
Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "GeForce 420 Go"
        Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           1
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           4
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           15
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           16
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

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