well.... the debian doesnt install the original driver from Nvidia (my case) or ATI (ur case),
then u have to do "atp-cache search ATI-driver" or, if ATI-driver give u nothing, try with something like ATI or ATI Rage.... it should let u see some new driver pkg.
Then type atp-get install "nameofthepkg" and it should install the tarzip into /usr/src.
If u've more then one pkg listed into ur terminal... then install also the others.
So, u'll have some tarball into the src directory, uncompress them and then u should have a module directory with the new video driver.
Now u have to enter to ur source kernel directory (often /usr/src/linux) and and do make-kpkg modules_image and it should install the new modules into the old modules image (if u still have the kernel config). Then return to /usr/src and do dpkg -i nameofthepkg*.deb to install the deb driver patch. Now do it for every pkg that ur ati card needs but... if u DOESNT have a linux directory.. well... eheh ur debian didnt give u the sources of is kernel... thats not goot not cause u've to get the source (apt-cache search kernel-source and select ur kernel source) but because u've to reconfigure it... and maybe make some compatibility problem beetween the old kernel image and the new module image... but do it... at leat recompile the entire kernel using 2.4.18 (u should have 2.2.20).
If u've the source... well... u're safe... u've only to change the #device section into ur XF86Config-4 and say him to load the new driver... and it... puff!... will work!
Get a cup of tea... it's a boring work....
Data: giovedì 22 gennaio 2004 2.02.45
Oggetto: Screens found, none usable.
I need help getting Xfree86 to work on Debian. I used the Xfree version
that came with woody: XFree86 Version 188.8.131.52. I would really like to
avoid down loading a new version of Xfree86 as I have a slow modem.
Running startx the process ends with the error: "Screen(s) found, but
none have a usable configuration." I've included the details in the
excerpts from the X log file below.
Thinking that this could be a problem recognizing my ATI video card, I
ran scanpci with the following results:
pci bus 0x1 cardnum 0x00 function 0x0000: vendor 0x1002 device 0x5246
ATI Rage 128 RF
In checking the log below it appears that the ati driver supports the RF
"chipset." I checked the source code in Xf86Init.c and found the error
occurs in InitOutput just after calls to xf86PreInit which apparently
fail. Is there something wrong with the configuration or is the driver
really incompatible with my ATI card? I used the default configuration
from the Debian package installation which has 7 levels from 1 to 24.
Does anyone have some helpful advice?
X log ( (*) marks video card info below ):
This is a pre-release version of XFree86, and is not supported in any
please check the latest version in the XFree86 CVS repository
XFree86 Version 184.108.40.206 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6510)
Release Date: 21 December 2001
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.17 i686 [ELF]
Module Loader present
(II) Bus -1 prefetchable memory range:
(--) PCI:*(1:0:0) ATI Rage 128 RF rev 0, Mem @ 0xf4000000/26,
0xf3000000/14, I/O @ 0xd800/8, BIOS @ 0xf3fe0000/17
(II) ATI: ATI driver (version 6.3.6) for chipsets: ati, ativga
(II) R128: Driver for ATI Rage 128 chipsets: ATI Rage 128 RE (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 RF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 RG (AGP), ATI Rage 128 RK (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 RL (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Pro PD (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Pro PF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Pro PP (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Pro PR (PCI), ATI Rage 128 Mobility LE (PCI),
ATI Rage 128 Mobility LF (AGP), ATI Rage 128 Mobility MF (AGP),
ATI Rage 128 Mobility ML (AGP)
(II) RADEON: Driver for ATI Radeon chipsets: ATI Radeon QD (AGP),
ATI Radeon QE (AGP), ATI Radeon QF (AGP), ATI Radeon QG (AGP),
ATI Radeon VE (AGP)
(II) Primary Device is: PCI 01:00:0
(II) ATI: Candidate "Device" section "ATI Rage 128 G01070 105".
(--) Assigning device section with no busID to primary device
(--) Chipset ATI Rage 128 RF (AGP) found
(II) Loading sub module "r128"
(II) LoadModule: "r128"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/r128_drv.o
(II) Setting vga for screen 0.
(II) Loading sub module "vgahw"
(II) LoadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(II) Module vgahw: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 220.127.116.11, module version = 0.1.0
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) R128(0): PCI bus 1 card 0 func 0
(**) R128(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
(II) R128(0): Pixel depth = 24 bits stored in 4 bytes (32 bpp pixmaps)
(==) R128(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(**) R128(0): Option "UseFBDev" "true"
(==) R128(0): RGB weight 888
(II) R128(0): Using 8 bits per RGB (8 bit DAC)
(**) R128(0): Using framebuffer device
(II) Loading sub module "fbdevhw"
(II) LoadModule: "fbdevhw"
(II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libfbdevhw.a
(II) Module fbdevhw: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
compiled for 18.104.22.168, module version = 0.0.2
ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.4
(II) UnloadModule: "ati"
(II) UnloadModule: "fbdevhw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/linux/libfbdevhw.a
(II) UnloadModule: "vgahw"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/libvgahw.a
(II) UnloadModule: "r128"
(II) Unloading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/r128_drv.o
(EE) Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
This can be found in the log file "/var/log/XFree86.0.log".
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