[Phpwm] [OT]Linux question

Phil Beynon phil at infolinkelectronics.co.uk
Thu Jan 10 11:31:18 GMT 2008

> On 09/01/2008, Phil Beynon <phil at infolinkelectronics.co.uk> wrote:
> > Anyone got an idea how to do this..........
> >
> > There doesnt seem to be a generic just boot / safe mode type system here
> > that will run on any video card present then re-setup like I would do in
> > windows.
> Using the vesa driver for X should help as this driver works with most
> cards. You can
> possibly select this using yast. If not, backup your X config file
> (/etc/X11/xorg.conf)
> then edit line (nvidia in my case):
> Driver          "nvidia"
> to read:
> Driver          "vesa"
> I think Ubuntu 7.10 has something to do this all automatically, 
> should X fail.
> Regards
> Peter

Hi Peter,
Cheers - that very nearly worked! 
Turned out also that the item in that section "BusID" was important - it was set to 0:15:0 and needed to be changed to 01:00:0
These numbers being the (base 10 vesions of the) card's position in the system bus based upon the output of the lspci command. So KDE is happy again and the PCI card now removed.

Interestingly though, I set the "Boardname" and "Vendorname" in the xorg.conf when I look at the card in YasT then it is still saying Boardname is "Mach64 VT" and Vendorname is "ATI" and driver unknown. 
I tried changing screen res to see if this refreshed anything, but it didnt make any difference.
So I'd guess that the cards settings are also stored elsewhere in a different .conf file.
Is there a routine anywhere, command line or whatever that will force it to reassess the installed card type as it did this somewhere on install?


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