Sound and vision problems

Shawn adonijah at
Tue Sep 21 18:10:28 UTC 2004

On Tue, 21 Sep 2004 20:38:50 +0300, Andy Jarvis
<andrew.jarvis at> wrote:
> The problem with the display settings is more complex. As my graphics
> card is an ATI Radion 8500, I tried to install the fglrx driver with all
> it's accompanying fun and games. I followed the advice of the Wiki and
> installed the linux-restricted package. Now xresprobe shows the 1280 x
> 1084 resolution I want but I still cannot use it. When I now attempt to
> access the screen resolution tool, I see the following error: The X
> Server does not support the XRandR extension.  Runtime resolution
> changes to the display size are not available. I have therefore no idea
> how to move forward from here. As a relative newcomer to Linux I have to
> say: Help!

If you're using the fglrx driver, it doesn't support XRandR properly,
nor DGA properly. ATi's drivers are pretty lackluster under
XFree/ right now.

You'll have to manually change the resolution in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
by making sure 1280x1024 is the first resolution specified in the
"Modes" line.

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