[ubuntu-za] Re-installing Feisty

Hannes Coetzee scorpking at eshowecompcentre.co.za
Wed Sep 24 18:47:10 BST 2008

Hi Vincent

Here is the S3 xorg.conf for 8.04 I talked about. It's for a laptop but 
this should give you an idea what to do. You need custom "Device, 
Monitor and Screen" sections for your graphics to work.

To create modelines - http://xtiming.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/xtiming.pl
This might help - https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/39287 , 
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=843764&highlight=s3+Prosavage ,
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome (if you missed it) ,
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=489442&highlight=s3+Prosavage , 
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=349413&highlight=s3+Prosavage , 
and the list goes on.

It might be worth taking a look at the manpage for savage (man savage - 
in konsole) to see what options are available.


##------------ FILE START -----------#

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Generic Keyboard"
    Driver        "kbd"
    Option        "XkbRules"    "xorg"
    Option        "XkbModel"    "pc105"
    Option        "XkbLayout"    "us"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Configured Mouse"
    Driver        "mouse"
    Option        "CorePointer"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier    "Synaptics Touchpad"
    Driver        "synaptics"
    Option        "SendCoreEvents"    "true"
    Option        "Device"    "/dev/psaux"
    Option        "Protocol"    "auto-dev"
    Option        "HorizEdgeScroll"    "0"

Section "Device"
    Identifier    "Configured Video Device"
    Boardname    "vesa"
    Busid        "PCI:1:0:0"
    Driver        "vesa"
    Screen    0

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
    Vendorname    "Generic LCD Display"
    Modelname    "LCD Panel 1024x768"
    Horizsync    31.5-48.0
    Vertrefresh    56.0 - 65.0
  modeline  "1024x768 at 60" 65.0 1024 1048 1184 1344 768 771 777 806 
-vsync -hsync
    Gamma    1.0

Section "Screen"
    Identifier    "Default Screen"
    Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
    Device        "Configured Video Device"
    Defaultdepth    24
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth    24
        Virtual    1024    768
        Modes        "800x600 at 60"    "1024x768 at 60"    "800x600 at 56"    
"640x480 at 60"

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier    "Default Layout"
  screen 0 "Default Screen" 0 0
    Inputdevice    "Synaptics Touchpad"

Section "Module"
    Load        "glx"
    Load        "GLcore"
    Load        "v4l"

Section "device" #
    Identifier    "device1"
    Boardname    "vesa"
    Busid        "PCI:1:0:0"
    Driver        "vesa"
    Screen    1

Section "screen" #
    Identifier    "screen1"
    Device        "device1"
    Defaultdepth    24
    Monitor        "monitor1"

Section "monitor" #
    Identifier    "monitor1"
    Gamma    1.0

Section "ServerFlags"

##------------ FILE END -------------#

vincent wrote:
> Hi Hannes,
> I must at this point tell you that although I've been using, until the 
> crash, feisty for the past year, I'm, in technical terms, an absolute 
> newbie - Feisty spoilt me as it was a "plug & play" installation,no 
> hassles, resolution,in fact everything went smoothly, with the exception 
> of the dial up modem, but that was sorted by visits to ubuntu "how to" & 
> the dell site - Hardy, because of the resolution & shutdown problems, 
> has been a nightmare by comparison.
> Hi Vincent
> VIA S3 graphics cards are some of the cheapest around. Most of the
> cheaper laptops come with them. You need to use the OpenChrome driver
> for this card if I'm not mistaken. see
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome .My dad's laptop has the
> same card. You might have to add a monitor (1024 x 768) before you will
> get anything bigger than 800 x 600. If you still battle let me know. The
> last S3 card I had to configure was quite a pain. I still have the
> xorg.conf for the S3 on 8.04 somewhere should you need it.
> I don't know if it has any bearing on present problems, my machine is a 
> desktop, not laptop - just thought I'd mention it.
> Possibly your kind offer of the S3 xorg.conf might be the end to my 
> resolution problems
> You say I might need to add a monitor.(1024x768) How do I do this?
> I've tried at the configure screen after recovery mode has finished, but 
> don't know where to import from? - I select Generic & monitor 1024x768 & 
> press add & then I'm lost!
> Thanks for the info, when I use apt-get to get the openchrome driver it 
> tells me that I already have the latest one installed
> I'd suggest a reinstall instead of an upgrade. To make things easier in
> the future for upgrading or a reinstall is to always have your /home
> directory on a separate partition. That way you can reinstall without
> losing any of your files and information. Make a backup of
> /var/cache/apt/archives/ to save all the extra packages that you have
> downloaded already. Once you have Xorg working also make a backup of
> xorg.conf .If you use wvdial for dialup then backup /etc./wvdial.conf
> .Other dialup settings should be in /etc./ppp/ but I'n not sure. Maybe
> someone else here knows better.
> Is there any way to create a partition for my home directory at this 
> stage? - I've unfortunately used the first option on installation, 
> "guided-resize master IDE", not manual & /home is in the root.
> I take it that in order to backup files, I'll need to download the 
> openfs-client using apt get?
> Could you test shutdown from GDM before you log in? If it works then
> there is something in your home directory that's causing it. Another way
> is to create a test user and test it there.
> No change - Still a blank screen & computer still running.
> Regards
> Hannes
> At present it's running in 640x400 - nice full screen & fonts the size 
> of billboards!
> Kind Regards
> Vincent

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