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Re: Very weird results with X.org and fresh sid install

On Sun, Jun 1, 2008 at 11:57 AM, Rogério Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> wrote:
> Hi, Bob.
> On May 30 2008, Bob Lounsbury wrote:
>> On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 4:43 PM, Rogério Brito <rbrito@ime.usp.br> wrote:
>> > Hi there. Here is an old-timer coming back to the list. :-)
>> Anyways, to fix it I do:
>> dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
> Thanks. "Been there, done that" before posting to the list (and before
> even pointing Ubuntu to the problem, which was some time ago).

Just to clarify (and sorry for insulting your intelligence), doing the
dpkg does not correct your screen resolution problem. Right? Or, it
does correct the screen resolution, but you're trying to find the root
cause of why it wasn't correct in the first place.

>> I basically just accept all the defaults and then when it configures
>> the screen I select 'medium' mode 'I think' and then select
>> 1024x768@60. Restart X and you're good to go.
>> Next problem?
> Sorry, I know better than just just doing a "dpkg-reconfigure foo". :-)
> The problem seems to be related with the r128 kernel and the ati driver
> from X and some interrelation between them. :-( There's some bad
> interaction there. :-(

The dpkg worked for me on Debian Etch about 2 weeks ago to correct the
screen resolution. If doing this on Debian Sid does not work, then I
agree with you there is some problem with the newer r128 kernel and
ati drivers.

I've also installed or tried to install ... Gentoo, Arch, Fedora,
Yellowdog, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Slackintosh and CentOS on this machine.
Older versions of Fedora (around 6 & 7) booted up perfectly with the
correct screen resolution, but I just recently tried Fedora 9 and
could not get it to work. CentOS which I assume is an older X also
didn't work and gave me the typical 640x480 screen as you describe (it
wasn't even big enough to see anything to install it. I currently have
Debian, Gentoo, and Arch booting on this machine, but in every case
I've had to copy my Debian xorg.conf for use with Gentoo and Arch.

I would say the only ones that didn't have a problem with screen
resolution would be Fedora 6 & 7, Ubuntu, Yellowdog, and openSUSE.

Hope it gets figured out. Although I assume interest in these aging
platforms is diminishing exponentially.


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