[BL] x on bl2
keesan at sdf.lonestar.org
Thu Jan 5 12:05:32 EST 2006
Install the S3 server (something like xs3.tgz), which links X to X_S3,
or xsvga.tgz (?) for X_SVGA, generic VESA.
Run xf86config to create the appropriate XF86Config. Ask here if you
need help with the details. Use the defaults. At one point you will have
to choose resolutions - set it to use 1024, then 800, then 640, in that
order, at however many colors your card supports (it depends on the amount
of video RAM, and with 2MB you should be able to get 16K color depth at
You need to look up online or in a manual the horizontal sync and vertical
frequency ranges of your monitor. My 15" monitors do 31.5 to between 49.0
and 54.0, and 50-90. If you can't find them, experiment with the above
numbers. Start high, and if you get a black screen, lower the second
number gradually until it works, if you don't know the actual figures.
Or start low and if you are satisfied with the resolution, just use what
works. Or try first 49, if that works try 54, if that gives a black
screen try 51, etc.
You can edit XF86Config to change these numbers, without needing to keep
using xf86config (just use that the first time). You can also change
resolution and color depth by editing.
All my 15" monitors can do 1024 resolution, and with older PCI S3 cards
also 1280. I don't have any new S3 cards, but other brands of newer cards
need a 17" monitor to do 1280 because they need a higher horizsync rate
(56 or more).
Steven posted a basic XF86Config for 256 colors and 800 resolution,
On Thu, 5 Jan 2006, Kunle 'bona wrote:
> i recently installed bl2 on my system, i decided to go
> a step further and installed a few other packages from
> slakware 7.1, anyway i tried to start x but i keep
> getting an error about a driver not being configured
> for "screen" part of /etc/XF86Config fortunately,
> backing up the startx file and using the one supplied
> with bl3 i was able to get it to work. Now my
> questions are:
> How do i send the messages output when i typed startx
> to a file or is there a deafault file where i can get
> them? i tried checking /var/log/nessages but there was
> no output there
> My second question is how do i configure the original
> startx or the XF86Config file (whichever is
> appropriate) so that i can get it to work? (it's the
> default files that come with the slakware 7.1 package)
> my vga card is an s3 prosavageddr p4m266, my monitor
> 15" i usually use 1024x768 resolution and on windows
> it only displays with 60hz refresh rate
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