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Old 11-09-03, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default which card is it?

I bought a used computer and I'm not sure which card I have. I pulled the card and here is all the text on it. Where can I find which card I have? BTW, I'm running SuSE 8.2 which thinks I have an NVidea card.

Upper left corner: ELEC-1 94VD
Bottom of card: BRD-05-E15 Rev. C
DS/N: CN-00040V-44571-9CN-4967
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Old 11-09-03, 08:12 PM   #2
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Code:
cat /var/log/XFree86.0.log
Should show the process the system goes through in the init for the card, which includes the id. Its usually not wrong afaik.

Some other details about the machine could help.. is this a fully custom built machine or a pre-built (compac?). How old is it, what class processor, etc. (drastically would reduce the effort in tracking down a set of part numbers like that, unless someone just happens to recognize their format as a manufactuer you have to find out by looking up each one).

If you're wondering which driver to install based on the card... don't, just install it (that is what a Universal Driver Architecture is for).

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Old 11-10-03, 05:53 AM   #3
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Thanks

I already installed the driver you pointed to. In SaX, which card do I pick for the universal driver?

Thanks again,

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If you've got the system running, you can look at what the pci bus thinks your card is for another indication.

Code:
lspci -v
(or if that doesn't work, instead use)
Code:
cat /proc/pci
Provided that what you have IS a riva or geforce based video card, what you pick for the card is basically arbitrary, it doesn't matter. Use SaX to setup your machine and tell it that you've got a GeForce 1 or TNT Ultra (this should select the 'nv' driver and setup the rest of the config file).

After you've done that, you must edit the config file by hand (SaX will not do this properly) and change to the 'nvidia' driver as instructed in the Readme.

Your logfile I mentioned above will tell you which config file is in use. It should be either /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (the first is now the most common). Whichever file is in use is the one you must edit (SaX may also tell you which file it is changing, this I don't know).

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Driver  "nv"
     gets changed to 
Driver "nvidia"
The 'nvidia' driver is the driver that will determine what your card is, and work accordingly.
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Default dpi issue?

Thanks - I've implemented your suggestions.

The text, particularly in shells, remains coarse. I'm trying to improve the X dpi, but failed. Currently, xdpyinfo | grep resolution returns
80 x79

Any suggestions on how to improve resolution? I tried in Xservers, but failed. I've attached the config files and X log as requested.

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To change the resolution of your text mode terminals, you either use a framebuffer driver to do high resolution (which can get messy with configuration and conflicts.. you're on your own to read and figure this out), or you can change to another supported text mode. You can see the text modes your card supports by adding the kernel parameter "vga=ask" to the kernel commandline in your boot loader. When you decide which you like, change it to the number rather than 'ask'.
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Thank you very much. Should I abandon my dpi configuration attempts?
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Default vga=ask output?

I tried vga=ask

where's the output? I looked in XFree86.0.log but can't find it.

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The output actually will halt the boot sequence for your response, I think for 10-20 seconds or so. Evidently something isn't right, or you'd notice it.

Here's a sample grub entry for it.
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title Red Hat Linux (2.6.0-test5)
        root (hd1,4)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.0-test5 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi vga=ask
        initrd /initrd-2.6.0-test5.img
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