This is one of those OFUK moments.
Situation: Libretto 100CT, was running RedHat 6.0 quite adequately,
including running XF86_SVGA set up for 'neomagic' chipset and 800x400
display. The machine *has* an 800x400 display. It *only* has an
800x400 display. Really. Now I'm not certain what variant of the
XF86_SVGA it was running, it was just the one out of the RedHat 6.0
Until I decided to put Debian potato on. Like a sensible person I'd
remembered to save my XF86Config, so I could stick it on the Debian
install, because it is an odd little box with an odd XF86Config. I've
installed XF86_SVGA from the Debian potato distribution. Again I don't
know for certain what version it is, but the Debian package list says
it is 3.3.6.
When I initially ran startx it complained that it didn't understand
'neomagic' as a chipset identifier, but after a little experimetnation
I found that the new name for this is 'nm2160'
So now it's saying 'Removing mode (800x400) that won't display
properly on LCD'. Well, sorry, XF86, but I *do* know what I'm talking
about. I *do* want 800x400. It *will* display properly on my
What do I do now?
"The result is a language that... not even its mother could
love. Like the camel, Common Lisp is a horse designed by
committee. Camels do have their uses."
;; Scott Fahlman, 7 March 1995