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XF86Config-4 - Was: RE: Newbie apt-get question

Thanks for the replies all.  I changed the vertical refresh range and now at
least my "800x600" is now in the right place on the screen but I still get a
test failed in the log for "1024x768".  Where can I put in the config file,
the amount of video memory??

One more question if you don't mind.  The entry FontPath "unix/:7100" in the
config file.  What does that mean??

Thank you,

Barry deFreese
NTS Technology Services Manager
Nike Team Sports

"Technology doesn't make you less stupid; it just makes you stupid faster."
Jerry Gregoire - Former CIO at Dell

-----Original Message-----
From: Ole-Egil Hvitmyren [mailto:olegil@samfundet.no]
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2002 12:10 AM
To: debian-powerpc@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Newbie apt-get question

Chris Tillman wrote:

>On Tue, Jul 30, 2002 at 04:56:59PM -0700, deFreese, Barry wrote:
>>At 4:38 PM -0700 7/30/02, deFreese, Barry wrote:
>>>O.K., I fixed my XFree86 problem and am now running  Now my
>>>question is, how do I get it running in 1024x768 or 1280x1024?  I am
>>>the FBDevice and the only options configure in my XF86Config-4 is
>>>and "640x480".  Can I just add entries for "1024x768", etc to the
>What machine are you running on? But the easiest way to get more
>resolutions is 
>dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
>and choose them in the dialogs. Be sure you set your BusID correctly
>when it asks.

I find that solution ok the first 4 times, then it just becomes annoying ;-)

emacs /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 is a much better solution :-)

Anyway, a couple of tips:

You can't have screens taking up more memory than your graphics card 
has. Therefore, do a quick calculation just in case.

Most drivers should detect memory itself, but if it doesn't detect as 
much as you know is there, you can adjust it in the Device section. 
Here's mine, from the office P4:

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Generic Video Card"
        Driver          "mga"

At home, on the Voodoo3-equipped AmigaOneG3-SE, I'm using tdfx and have 
an option mem 16384k or something. Memory is failing, and no user 
servicable parts inside.

If you have set the monitor section to use too low frequencies, some 
resolutions are just not possible.

Here's mine:

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Generic Monitor"
        HorizSync       30-107
        VertRefresh     50-85
        Option          "DPMS"

On the A1G3-SE, I have like 30-95 and 50-160, but the difference is 
marginal. The difference between my monitors is two generations (both 
are Eizo 21" screens), so one of them doesn't handle the higher hsync 

Then on to section Screen. Here's mine:

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "Generic Video Card"
        Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           1
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           4
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           15
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           16
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "800x600"

This is the same on both machines, actually. Depth is how many bits of 
colour to use per pixel. Modes is just a list of possible resolutions on 
that depth, taking max memory and pixel clock/memory clock into 
consideration. Play around, and if you break something just roll out the 
backup <-- My version of "take two of these and call me in the morning" ;-)

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