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From: JD <jdangler@××××××××.net>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: RE: [gentoo-user] Xserver on Dell Inspiron M1710
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 11:44:32
Message-Id: 009101c78d77$9e1aa740$1166e547@nebo
1 I just caught the tail of this thread... is this about an nvidia video?
2 If so, even under Ubuntu I had troubles with X. I downloaded the nvidia
3 source for the driver for mine (on a couple of different machines), and
4 compiled it, then modprobe'd it, then added it to the autoload conf file.
5 X worked very nicely after that. I just went through this same headache
6 with another Dell (D420) which had an Intel graphics onboard chip.
7 Although, in that instance, Noven really came through, showing me some of
8 his xorg.conf file, and pointing out the need for some fancy driver
9 loading...
10 Nvidia seems to have its own brand of headache with Linux on a few distro's.
11 I've taken it as a rule of thumb to compile-load-add_to_conf to avoid all of
12 their mess on all of my machines.
13 I don't know if gentoo has this in portage (easy enough to check for it),
14 but Ubuntu has an nvidia-kernel package that is apt-able, and then with the
15 driver in hand, it can be compiled and loaded. I'm sure gentoo, (being a
16 superior development machine) has it (or something quite similar).
18 -----Original Message-----
19 From: Mick [mailto:michaelkintzios@×××××.com]
20 Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 3:44 AM
21 To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
22 Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Xserver on Dell Inspiron M1710
24 On Thursday 03 May 2007 01:08, Colleen Beamer wrote:
25 > Hi all,
26 >
27 > I'm having a heck of a time. I've tried so many things, that I'm
28 > totally confused.
29 >
30 > After installing xorg-x11, I ran Xorg -configure. It gives me a file
31 > with no horizontal or vertical sync.
33 I would think then that you would have to enter these yourself - check the
34 manufacturers manual, or the equivalent OEM product specification. What I
35 mean here is that Dell are assemblers, or box-shifters, they don't actually
36 manufacture components. Their products are usually similar with other
37 differently branded products. If you find the OEM then you should be able
38 to
39 source the hsync for it.
41 Alternatively, you could try different LiveCDs for one that successfully
42 guesses these parameters and run xvidtune to see what they are, or look
43 at /var/log/Xorg.0.log. You could do well to see if they load any
44 particular
45 modules for your monitor/keyboard/mouse too.
47 If you haven't yet wiped out WinXP you could run msinfo.msc to find out what
49 the monitor reports to the MSWindows kernel.
51 Finally, you could try installing Ubuntu, SUSE, Fedora, etc. to find one
52 that
53 recognises and configures your hardware before you copy xorg.conf for using
54 it thereafter with Gentoo.
56 > I tried using the ddcxinfo-knoppix
57 > tool, but when I did ddxcinfo-knoppix -hsync, it returned 0 0. When I
58 > did ddxcinfo-knoppix -modelines, it didn't have a matching mode for my
59 > monitor - the default being 1920x1200. I assume that because I don't
60 > have a horizontal and vertical sync in my xorg.conf file that's why the
61 > screen becomes all garbled when startx bombs out.
63 and, or it could be because you need some special driver (not familiar with
64 nvidia I'm afraid).
66 > Xorg.0.log tells me that there is no core keyboard or mouse. I've built
67 > support into the kernel. in /dev/input/ there are choices for mice
68 > mouse0 and mouse1. I've tried using all of these and trying various
69 > drivers, but nothing works.
71 I'm afraid I'm not sure how to help here, but if your mouse/keyboard are not
73 configured properly you may never be able to boot into X. Have you set up
74 something like:
76 INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse synaptics"
78 in your /etc/make.conf before you emerged Xorg? You may need to also search
80 around for evdev (I think).
82 HTH.
83 --
84 Regards,
85 Mick
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