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Re: potato + X on iMac Rev A

Ross Hamilton wrote:
> I am in process of putting Debian 2.2 onto a Rev A iMac and am
> becoming increasingly confused over its X configuration.
> Can anyone contribute frequencies for the built-in monitor on this
> machine?  The claimed vertical refresh is a little higher than I am
> used to entering and scouring apple.com I can find no suggested hsync
> values or range.  Suggestions, pointers or clues from a working
> XF86Config file for this box would be very helpful. Where are
> SuperProbe, VGA and XF86Setup when you need them? :-)
> What is the correct x-server for this beast, anyway?  I installed the
> one for the Frame Buffer device, which seemed to be the only likely
> option listed in dselect and concurred with something I think I read
> on penguinppc.org.  So far no joy - I  begin to have doubts about my
> selection.  Running xviddetect suggests mach64, but that doesn't seem
> to be available for potato on this platform.  I suspect it might be
> there in woody - can anyone confirm or deny?

The FBDev server is the only XFree86 3.3 server working on PPC. It should
theoretically work with your hardware, maybe even provide some acceleration.

woody has X4 which has a well accelerated driver for mach64, but PPC support
isn't well integrated in that driver yet so you may have to get a patched
driver binary or build yourself with patches applied.

> Since this is all happening across a 56k dial-up connection, I wonder
> if I might be better to switch to woody now, before installing much
> more. That way I could avoid a major upgrade later as well as any
> possible problems with hybrid system in the meantime.  From talk here
> it looks like I might want to go with a 2.4 kernel soon for USB mass
> storage support, since there is an LS120 drive on the bus.
> So how stable is the testing dist right now?  Are there any other
> benefits or pitfalls I should know about with running woody for ppc
> on this machine?

testing (woody) should always be mostly stable because only packages without
too many serious bugs get in there. Even unstable has been usable for me for
the last two years, but of course the definition for 'usable' is different for
everyone. ;)

Earthling Michel Dänzer (MrCooper)    \   Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc) developer
CS student, Free Software enthusiast   \        XFree86 and DRI project member

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