Mint 17.1 video driver issue.
Firstly, sorry for the blatantly off toppic subject, but this is a last resort.
I've been given a rather nice, if a little old (in modern terms) PC that originally
ran Vista (64 bit) (I know..) That of course had the usual malware infestation,
but with not connected to any LAN, ran like a champ with stunning video
So, scrub the drive, and 'nix it.
Mint 17.1 xfce 32 bit (because I have it already downloaded, use it on a couple
of laptops, and I like it) went on, but I'm having issues with the video.
The video card is a S3VIRGE DX/GX family, and is identified as such with lshw
etc just fine.
Now... I can find reference to the video driver I need, but I can't find it
anywhere for download through the package manager, apt-get install, or any
the "S3" video driver that is currently installed, is stuck in 640x480 mode (but
with stunning full colour, what must be 24bit video from the photo quality of the
backgrounds) that on a 20 inch wide screen, is just silly, plus most of the regular
GUI dialogs grosly oveflow the screen.
Oddly, when running the live CD, that was used to install on the hard drive, it
ran with 1024x768 video! The exact same hardware and monitor.
The display itself supports up to 1920x1080 resolution, and looks great on
another machine when it's doing that.
I've added repo's to xorg-edgers etc, and have tried every other thing I can find,
but after 2 days faffing about and searching the interweb. But now I find I'm
going round in circles, getting nowhere fast.
I'd like this machine in the shack, as it has a host of IO, and a 4Ghz dual core
CPU, and 6G of RAM! (The original owner was a gamer) and with the big screen
would be good for coding too. There is also a hulking great NVidia card
available (GeForce 8800 GTS OC) but that has issues of it's own, so much so,
that it even corrupts basic text only screens when Linux is used. (DOS or
*doze) it works fine.
Of course, running tools such as Spinrite and Memtest etc, no problems with
either card. Nor when it was running *dose, both worked fine, so it's not
Oh, there is no xorg.conf file anywhere on the system... If I try to create one,
that's another world of pain, ultimately needing a reinstall of the entire OS, as I
can't seem to prevent the system from launching the desktop when it boots, and
its quicker to reinstall than run the live disk and try to edit the file.
Any ideas what to look for, where to get driver(s) from, and more importantly
how to install the blesed things? There are some good tutorials on YouTube,
but for older versions of *ubuntu, so much so, that the repo' names don't work
any more. No one seems to update those things.
Reply off list if need be. Or if anyone is in the UK, within 50 miles of MK, who
knows 100% how to sort it out, and show me how (so I know next time) I'm all
ears. Tea, beer etc supplied as needed. I'll travel to you!
Posted by: "Dave B" <g8kbvdave@...>