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k so im up and running on debian 3.1 and i am starting to get the hang of it i think. i have no idea to set my screen resolution ...
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    k so im up and running on debian 3.1 and i am starting to get the hang of it i think. i have no idea to set my screen resolution higher and expand my desktop onto my dual monitor. my resolution is at 800x640 and i have a ati 9000 pro. i tried to download the driver for the card but i have no idea how to install it. it just goes to gedit and says taht it isnt the right codec. thanks a lot guys

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    To install the ATI drivers, check out this thread :
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/deb...850-x-run.html

    To change the resolution, you need to edit the file /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. As there are many threads on that subject, searching the forum for the exact answer is left as an exercice
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    i tried to do that in terminal when im in root but it says permission denied. is the terminal the command line. im a total newb at this but once i get my head wrapped around a few thing ill learn pretty fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly_s
    is the terminal the command line.
    Yep, it is.

    First, download the latest ATI driver : https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/674/9206...ler-8.28.8.run

    Then install "fakeroot" (you need to be root for that -- check the end of this post for more info on root) :
    Code:
    apt-get install fakeroot
    Second, prepare the ATI packages from the file your downloaded (as a normal user, so "exit" root mode):
    Code:
    chmod +x ./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run 
    fakeroot ./ati-driver-installer-8.28.8.run --buildpkg Debian/sarge
    Third, install the required resulting packages (only those 2 are required) -- you need to be root to install them:
    Code:
    dpkg -i fglrx-driver_8.28.8-1_i386.deb fglrx-kernel-src_8.28.8-1_i386.deb
    Then install the kernel headers (being root as well)
    Code:
    apt-get install kernel-headers-$(uname -r)
    At this point you must build the "fglrx" module with module-assistant (still being root):
    Code:
    apt-get install module-assistant 
    cd /usr/src
    m-a prepare 
    m-a a-i fglrx
    Finally make sure your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file is correctly configured. A little hint there :
    http://www.stanchina.net/~flavio/deb...html#configure


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    thanks a lot. i guess the driver is installed. i made it all the way down but when im in the terminal and i put in /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 while im su it says permission denied. i really appreciate all the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly_s
    /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 while im su it says permission denied.
    While being root, you can edit a file with any text editor, like nano for example :
    Code:
    nano /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
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    Success with ATI Radeon XPRESS 200

    Antidrugue, thank you for the installation notes. I can confirm that it works fine on Debian/sarge-2.4.27-2-386 with ATI Radeon XPRESS 200.

    As an interesting thing I noticed that the KDE is a bit faster now with the new driver. A standard "vesa" driver works OK with ATI Radeon XPRESS 200 as well, and it took me a while to install a real driver.

    Nick Kisialiou

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    k i got the resolution fixed. the nano was the trick. thanks a lot. one thing i noticed is that i dont think that the driver is installed correctly. in the XF86Congif-4 it says
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Generic Video Card"
    Driver "vesa"
    EndSection

    sorry if im being a pest but im learning and really appreciate the patience. thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelly_s
    k i got the resolution fixed. the nano was the trick. thanks a lot. one thing i noticed is that i dont think that the driver is installed correctly. in the XF86Congif-4 it says
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Generic Video Card"
    Driver "vesa"
    EndSection

    sorry if im being a pest but im learning and really appreciate the patience. thanks a lot
    You have to manually change it (as root) for
    Driver "fglrx"
    save the config file and restart your x-server.

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