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Bug#261777: Problems handling multiple detected video cards

On Tue, Jul 27, 2004 at 11:08:14PM -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> Package: xserver-xfree86
> Version: 4.3.0.dfsg.1-5
> Severity: normal
> On my laptop, discover erroneously detects two video cards, one trident and
> one s3virge.  In reality, there is only one s3virge card.  Anyway, this
> seems to confuse the xserver-xfree86 .config script, which displays
> xserver-xfree86/multiple_possible_x-drivers, but then defaults to "vesa"
> rather than one of the drivers that were chosen by discover.

Well, it's really working as designed.

You can see the logic for this in lines 1223 to 1309 of your
/var/lib/dpkg/info/xserver-xfree86.config file.

When the autodetection logic doesn't know what to make of the situation,
the default driver is set according to the machine architecture.

> I assume this would affect actual systems with more than one video card
> as well.


What do you recommend I do?  Pick one of the video cards at random?  In
general, I don't like doing things at random.  (Also see my recent reply[1]
to Joey Hess about picking a display manager at random when
DEBCONF_PRIORITY=high and multiple display managers are installed.)

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-x/2004/08/msg00166.html

G. Branden Robinson                |
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