This is a question that apparently come up a lot and nobody ever cares
to answer it. I know this because it's happened to me and I am by no means
a linux expert. The only help I can give you is the only help I've ever
been given. If you have a windows partition (And if you have a Vaio, then
I'm assuming that you at least had it a one point), make sure that you have
ALL of the information on your video cards resources. I doesn't hurt to
find out all your other card's resources as well. Windows has a lot of
utils to allow you to do this, the simplest of which being the system
control panel. Print the trees that pertain to the cards you want. In
fact, print the whole damn thing. Armed with that information now, you must
run a program that apparently is the pariah of all red hat/mandrake users.
I would be a hypocrite if i told you in knew because i haven't done it
myself yet bacause I have not reinstalled Mandrake yet. The program is
called xf86config (NO capital letters ad NOT XF86Setup). This program is
text based and that printout of your system resources is probably
(definitely) going to help you out. This is Pretty much the only help I can
give you at this point and I hope it works for you.
I too have this type of problem because i have an S3 virge onboard and a
voodoo card in a pci slot which works great in windows, but Xconfigurator
detects the s3 card and you all know how bad an s3 virge is. G00d luck
> I'm trying to get Mandrake 6.1 working on my VAIO (PentiumII/400)
> machine. I'm having problem with the XFree86 setup because of the
> peculiar video set up that I have:
> - the VAIO comes with Matrox II AGP on-board. Basically, I believe
> it masquerades as an AGP card, even though there is no physical
> card that can be removed.
> - I have an ATI All-in-Wonder (soft DVD player, video, TV, etc.) in
> a PCI slot.
> My single 17" monitor is plugged into the ATI card. This works fine
> under Windows98 or non-X linux. However, when I startx, the whole
> screen goes blank, and my monitor indicates that there is no video
> signal. I believe X is starting up at the Matrox VGA port instead
> of the ATI port.
> Running Xconfigurator doesn't help, because it always detects and uses
> the Matrox AGP video card.
> Can I get this working (using the PCI ATI card)? Am I looking at
> manually creating a device entry for XFree86 (for the ATI card)? And
> how do I tell it to not use the AGP video?