After doing a few RedHatish Linux installations on my various and sundry Macs,
I decided to give Debian a whack. It seemed pretty cool until I tried firing
up startx and things just started not happening.
Here's what I got:
PowerComputing PowerCenter Pro 240
Built-in 3D Rage II + DVD (215GT) graphics accelerator
2MB VRAM [I believe]
17" multisync PowerComputing monitor, 1152x870x16
Stock Potato installation
BootX, with 'video=atyfb'
...and here's what I've tried so far, and what happened subsequently. [Forgive
the slightly less-than-accurate error messages; I'm composing this without
having them in front of me.]
XFree86 as distributed with Potato
- configured for 'ati' or 'accel' graphics driver : 'You must have a screen
configured with the 'fbdev' device'
- configured for 'fbdev' driver : 'No video modes available.'
- configured for 'fbdev' with some tweaking to get a valid video mode : screen
goes white, console text displayed on the bottom in purple, cursor visible only
when it's being moved, cursor leaves tracks when it's visible, screen
resolution is 640x480, virtual desktop size is 640xquite a bit taller.
XFree86 4.0.1, from xfree86.org
- configured for 'ati' driver : 'ati driver not found.'
- configured for 'fbdev' driver : screen goes black; computer becomes
completely unresponsive [requires hard reset].
- with ATI driver from ftp://devel.linuxppc.org/users/ajoshi/xf4/
- configured with 'ati' driver : 'No Mach64 found!'
Xpmac 10, from ftp.linuxppc.org
- 640x480, 256 colors, mouse completely unresponsive
If anyone could help me out, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
- David P. Kleinschmidt
The man with everything but
X on Debian