HELP! video card issues?

Bob Nielsen nielsen at
Thu Mar 10 07:04:54 UTC 2005

On Thu, Mar 10, 2005 at 01:24:49PM +0700, samakv wrote:
> Hello there.
> I have an ATI Radeon 9200. My M/B is Asus A7V880, chipset is VIA KT880. 
> I got Ubuntu Warty installed.
> I passed all installation steps, the only one that I did not pass was 
> the part where it should show GDM and a log in. A screen shows up but it 
> is all messed up. And the systems stops responding. ctrl-alt-delete 
> doesn't work. Only the mouse moves; responds to motions. Are there 
> issues with either the video card or mainboard chipset? Got lost in the 
> directory structure. Where can I see error logs or is it turned off by 
> default? During the transition from boot messages to GDM, there were no 
> error messages displayed to screen. Any one seen this before?

Can you get to a virtual console by typing ctrl-alt-F1?  If so, log in 
and run 'dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86' and check that you entered 
the correct information initially.  There is a step in that process 
where you get to test that X will run.

The ati driver isn't all that great, but should work.  There is a 
proprietary driver which is better (install the linux-restricted-modules 
package which matches your kernel version).

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