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Changing Display Driver In Debian

Discussion in 'Linux / Unix Discussion' started by jackd, May 16, 2006.

  1. jackd

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    How can i change my display driver in debian. I cant see any thing on the screen. Ive got the GNOME gui. I can log on by making out the logon screen. But i cant do anything else because i cant see much. Any Ideas

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  2. zimbo
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    okay looks like you chose debian as your distro! Right.. sarge 3.1? So you just see the blank screen for log in right?
     
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  3. jackd

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    Not exactly i cant see anything. There are lots of diagonal lines down the screen. I cant see much thought
     
  4. zimbo
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    ok stupid question... did you choose your correct driver during setup?

    btw i asume it detected your HDD? :blink
     
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  5. jackd

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    Different Computer Zimbo and im not sure if i chose my correct driver durin setup
     
  6. zimbo
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    ok is this a virtual machine you running debian on or a real box? what type of graphics card you got?
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    Sounds like your resolution is set to high for the card to work properly.

    What you need to to is to edit a file called xorg.conf ( in the /etc/X11 folder). You need to change the default colour depth from 24 to 16.

    8)

    EDIT: Pressing ESC whilst booting should take you into a terminal session where you can access and edit the file.
     
  8. jackd

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    Its a real box. The only thing about the video driver i could find is something to do with artx. The pc is called a PCCHIPS m583lmr
     
  9. jackd

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    Simon,When abouts at boot do i press ESC
     
  10. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Whilst its booting.
     
  11. jackd

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    It doesnt do anything pressing ESC while booting on mine?
     
  12. hbroomhall

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    Oh dear. This is an antique socket 7 board with weird Ali chipset/graphics etc. You may have *big* problems getting any drivers for it.

    Run it in text mode - if it *has* to have this on it.

    Harry.
     
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  13. tripwire45
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    With the computer on (not booting) press and hold Ctrl + Alt + F1. That should get you into a console session. To get back to X Windows (the GUI)...assuming you have it up and running, press Ctrl + Alt + F7.
     
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  14. jackd

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    Your right there harry! :biggrin
     
  15. jackd

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    Right ive got the console up now :biggrin
     

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