Re: XFree86 4.0.1 on an Inspiron 4000
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, billings@n... wrote:
> I've managed to get linux running on my 4000, but X has been a bitof
> a problem. This laptop has an ATI Mobility M3 like the 5000e, butit
> has a smaller screen, so I'm having a hard time finding the rightI was having the same trouble, but it works like a charm, now.
> modelines. Has anyone any good advice for discovering the right
> modelines? Anyone else running XFree on an 4000? Any help would be
First, make sure you've got the most up to date driver for the card
(see the downloads page or some of the posts about the 5000e for
details). I was able to find a compiled copy of just the driver one
of the 5000e links on the Linux-on-Laptops page, as well. Wherever
you find it, that's all you need to change (as long as you've got an
otherwise complete XFree86 4.0.1 install).
Next, run XFree86 with the -configure option. This will test your
system, find the ATI Rage Mobility 128 card that comes with the 4000,
and output a suitable XF86Config file to your root directory (or
maybe to anywhere else you might happen to run it from).
Now, make these additions to your new config file's Monitor section:
Do NOT add any modelines. You don't need them anymore, and your X'll
work just fine without them.
Finally, test out your new config file by running:
XFree86 -xf86config /path/to/new/file/XF86Config.new
If all went well (as it did for me), you will see a full 1024x768
plain X screen come up on your monitor. If it worked, all you need
to do now is copy this file over to /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 add you've
got a functioning X installation.
Yippee, it works!! Now on to sound and networking!!!