I have posted this in slackware help too (10.1). I try not to double post but im unsure where to put this, and some other threads of mine.

Sorry all.


Im a linix n00b, especially with regards to setting up gfx cards.

# NOTE:  This is a NEW IMPROVED version of XF86Config-fbdev that uses the vesa
# driver instead of the fbdev driver.  Thanks to Kenneth Fanyo who pointed
# this out to me. :)

# This XF86Config file is designed for use with the VESA framebuffer.
# This generic interface should work with nearly all video cards
# (although not every card will support every resolution).

# With the new driver, it should no longer be required to have frame buffer
# support in the kernel, or to run it on the console.
# Enjoy! :)
# -- volkerdi@slackware.com
Suggests to me I should not mess about too much with xorg.conf without knowing what im doing.

lspci gives:

root@Jupiter:~# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82830 830 Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801BAM/CAM PCI Bridge (rev 42)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801CAM ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801CAM IDE U100 (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corp. 82801CA/CAM AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M6 LY
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M [Tornado] (rev 78)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
02:01.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1420
I know its a Radeon Mobility 16mB. With that lspci output im guessing its a M6 chipset (god knows what the LY is??)

Acording to http://home.datacomm.ch/tschoepfer/suse73_...titude_610.html

from linux-laptops

* XFree86

I upgraded to version 4.2.0. Older versions may also work.
Simply use xf86config4 to configure /etc/X11/XF86config. Sax2 has crashed my laptop.
Choose "ATI rage 128 as your card.
The display related sections you can see below.

Section "Module"
Load "GLcore"
Load "dbe"
Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Section "Monitor"
Identifier "LCD"
HorizSync 30-90
VertRefresh 50-60
Section "Device"
Identifier "ATI Rage 128"
Driver "ati"
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "ATI Rage 128"
Monitor "LCD"
DefaultDepth 16
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1400x1050"
ViewPort 0 0
Rage128 is confusing me....

Im guessing I need the actual drivers before i start messing about with xorg.conf.

This does not inspire confidence.


Is there some sort of generic driver out there??

Having googled a bit im guessing ATI < Nvidia with regards to linix.

Could some one please give me some pointers here or point me in the direction of a good, consice guide??

Is there any open-source drivers out there for me?? The examples from linux-laptops all use "ATI Rage 128" in xorg.conf. This is adding to my confusion.

Thanks much.