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Bug#372067: marked as done (xserver-xorg-video-mga: Please explicitly say in the package description and man page what the driver is capable of)

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and subject line Fixed in 1:1.9.100.dfsg.1-1
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Package: xserver-xorg-video-mga
Version: 1:
Severity: normal

I have not been able to determine whether this package is *supposed* to
work with DVI output on a Matrox G550 card.  Does regular single-head
DVI operation require special Matrox modules?

It would be splendid if the package description would say whether it is
supposed to provide basic DVI functionality or not.

The strategy of just trying it does not work in my case because xorg
is not working for me.  I get signal out of range even with correctly
specified frequency ranges, and even with a bizarre extremely narrow
range of frequencies, X launches but has strange non-resizing -dpi and
extremely ugly font behavior.  (Perhaps it should be obvious to me
whether this means the card is working.)

The man page is unclear.  It says "The second head of dual-head cards
is supported for the G450 and G550" which implies that DVI works
unless there are dual VGA versions of those cards.  But then it says
"[t]hat module ... may be necessary to use the DVI (digital) output on
the G550 ...." which implies that it might or might not work, and
doesn't say when it might and when it might not.  When might it?

The xorg web sites don't seem to say (there is a broken link), and the
Matrox forums are hideously complicated on the point due to various
versions of xorg and Matrox modules and people who are overclocking
and using special DRI thingies for gaming.

What's a person who just wants basic functionality to do?

So a package description that simply states whether it is supposed to
work or not (and thus whether the user needs to go on a wild goose
chase getting Matrox's unsupported proprietary closed-source black-box
obviously non-dfsg modules to work) would be great.

A hint on what to do if you need the proprietary driver would be
beyond great, somewhere in the fantastic to superlative range.

(I am unsure whether to downgrade to Sarge xfree86 or earlier, forge
ahead fixing xorg, figure out how to use the proprietary driver,
reinstall etch, or replace my card.  Guidance from the package
description and man page would simplify those choices.)

If the driver is slowly picking away at the closed-source, kind of
working and kind of not but expected to improve and would users please
report bugs -- that sort of thing -- that would be good to mention.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.16myver
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages xserver-xorg-video-mga depends on:
ii  libc6                         2.3.6-13   GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  xserver-xorg-core             1:1.0.2-8  X.Org X server -- core server

xserver-xorg-video-mga recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information

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Version: 1:1.9.100.dfsg.1-1

These bugs should be fixed in 1.9.100 that I just uploaded (with a typo
in the closers in the changelog...). It contains fixes for upstream
bugs #615, #12575 and #12598.


 xserver-xorg-video-mga (1:1.9.100.dfsg.1-1) experimental; urgency=low
   * New upstream release candidate.
   * Fix dual-head on G550, closed: #324500, #356558, #444114.

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