HP Vectra VL8 and RedHat 6.1/XFree86 3.3.5?

HP Vectra VL8 and RedHat 6.1/XFree86 3.3.5?

Post by Otto J. Make » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00



I needed a computer for work in a hurry, so I ordered a HP Vectra VL8
(500MHz PIII w/128Mbytes memory) which I got off-the-shelf in two days
with a nice Nokia 21" display.  I got rid of the WindozeNT virus which
seemed to have infested the hard disk already at the factory (what has
happened to quality control these days?) and installed a spanking-new
RedHat 6.1 in ten minutes from the CD-ROM.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the motherboard built-in peripherials,
though advertised as "Matrox MG200" and "SoundBlaster compatible" are
really not.  I've compiled support for the built-in Cirrus sound card
from www.alsa.org, but the display has me stumped at the moment --
XFree86 3.3.5 recognized it as Matrox (uses the SVGA driver) and it
seems to work reasonably well with low resolutions, but the whole
console goes south if I try to go over 800x600 (linux itself is OK).
Anyone fought this out?

Also, the machine came along with a "roller" middle button mouse (which
looks suspiciosly like a Logitech unit, works fine as generic PS/2) and
a keyboard with some extra chicklet keys (like volume up/down, mute,
lock, "i", "www" and others).  Any ready-written recipes on how to make
these useful?
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1. HP Vectra VL and RedHat 6.1?

I needed a computer quickly for work, so I ordered a HP Vectra VL
(500MHz PIII w/128Mbytes memory) which I could get off-the-shelf in two
days with a nice Nokia 21" display.  I got rid of the WindozeNT virus
which seemed to have infested the hard disk already at the factory
(what is quality control these days?) and installed a brand-spanking-new
RedHat 6.1 in ten minutes from the CD-ROM.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the motherboard built-in peripherials,
though advertised as "Matrox MG200" and "SoundBlaster compatible" are
really not.  I've compiled support for the built-in Cirrus sound card
from www.alsa.org, but the display has me stumped at the moment --
XFree86 recognized it as Matrox (uses the SVGA driver) and it seems to
work reasonably well with low resolutions, but the whole computer goes
south if I try to go over 800x600.  Anyone fought this out?

Also, the machine came along with a "roller" middle button mouse (which
looks suspiciosly like a Logitech unit) and a keyboard with some extra
chicklet keys (like volume up/down, mute, lock, "i", "www" and others).
Any ready-written recipes on how to make these useful?
--

  /* Phone: +358 14 613 847, BBS: +358 14 211 562 (V.32bis/USR-HST,24h/d) */
 /* Mail: Cygn.k.7 E 46/FIN-40100 Jyvaskyla/Finland, ICBM: 62:14N 25:45E */
/* * * Computers Rule 01001111 01001011 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * */

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