Linux device driver availability (wasOLS: The state of Linux wireless networking)
Posted Aug 2, 2008 21:23 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: OLS: The state of Linux wireless networking
Parent article: OLS: The state of Linux wireless networking
Thus, try removing the configuration file and starting the X server.
I ultimately did essentially that. But if you have to remove a file in order to use a new video controller, you're already in more-painful-than-Windows territory. Especially if you have to find an expert like you to tell you to do it.
The mention of DVI makes me wonder if you had something more serious wrong though, DVI ought
to work with the hardware-specific drivers for Intel or ATI hardware old enough to be
supported, or even with a lot of nVidia cards - you are seeing text through this DVI connector
prior to X starting, right ?
No, I've never seen anything come out of the DVI connector, and I tried every scenario except putting the card in a Windows machine. It's a Matrox G400; the 'mga' driver man page, and some morsels I found on the web, suggest that you have to specifically turn on DVI and the only known software that can do that is a closed source X module from Matrox and Matrox does not offer a version compatible with the X server in my Debian Etch system.
This is just the card that was laying around. But if I had set out to buy something to drive my DVI monitor, I don't know how I would have known what to choose.
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