[SATLUG] Need More Resolution (Ubuntu 8.04)

Andrew Pickens wg5o at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 27 20:00:50 CDT 2008


Bruce Dubbs wrote:

Try putting the highest resolutions first.  X will use the first one it finds 
that fits.  In this case 800x600.  I've never tried to set the refresh rate in 
the way you have.


For all the modelines you have, take a look at /var/log/xorg.log and see which 
ones it says are out of range of the monitor/card combination you have.

Rearrangement didn't work.  But, I think the log hit pay dirt.  Here is a fragment:

(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "1024x576" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "960x600" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "1024x512" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "852x480" (width too large for virtual size)
(II) VESA(0): Not using built-in mode "848x480" (width too large for virtual size)
(--) VESA(0): Virtual size is 800x600 (pitch 800)
(**) VESA(0): *Built-in mode "800x600"
(**) VESA(0):  Built-in mode "720x576"
(**) VESA(0):  Built-in mode "720x540"
(**) VESA(0):  Built-in mode "800x480"
(**) VESA(0):  Built-in mode "720x480"
(**) VESA(0):  Built-in mode "640x480"
(==) VESA(0): DPI set to (96, 96)
 
So, the virtual size seems to be the problem, but I don't have a clue what to do about it.



Borries Demeler wrote:

Ed is right, you need to run the right driver for your card, and
currently you are not. Your card is apparently not 100% VESA compliant
and therefore the vesa driver doesn't know how to talk to your 
card for the hi-res settings. Obviously, vesa is not the right driver
to talk to your hardware. You need to change the driver.

I don't know about Ed's suggestion to run lshw, this command doesn't
exist on my system, maybe it is something Ubuntu specific. The standard
command for finding out what hardware is installed on your computer,
including the video card, is "lspci". Run this as root from the command
line and look for the line that lists the VGA/Video adaptor. Make a note
of the make and model and go to the manufacturer's website to get the latest driver 
for it.

Read their instructions for installation under Linux (probably the
instructions are generic and work under any Linux distro) and follow them.

Then report back to us when you have the driver successfully installed in
case you still don't get the highest graphics modes. At this point this would
just be a xorg.conf tweak, and we can help you with that. Send us a copy
of your xorg.conf file after changing the driver in it and trying it out.

You may need to go to text mode to install the driver. On my system that
is runlevel 3 or 1, which you can enter as root by typing: "init 1" or "init 3".

-Borries

lshw works fine.  I'll follow this with the entire output.  You previously  veted the graphics card and concluded that it is vesa complient.  That appeared to be correct because the VIA cards were included in the list produced by the system.  I prevously found that they have a Lenux driver with extensive instructions that appeared to be beyond my capabilities, but I'll warm it over and try again, if necessary, in light of the above.


lshw output 080927

       vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
       physical id: 0
       version: Rev 1.xx
       serial: MB-1234567890
       slot: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: 0201 (11/20/2006)
          size: 64KiB
          capacity: 448KiB
          capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3400+
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 4
          bus info: cpu at 0
          version: 15.15.2
          serial: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
          slot: CPU 1
          size: 2200MHz
          capacity: 2200MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 200MHz
          capabilities: boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow up pni lahf_lm ts fid vid ttp tm stc
        *-cache:0
             description: L1 cache
             physical id: 5
             slot: L1-Cache
             size: 128KiB
             capacity: 128KiB
             capabilities: pipeline-burst internal varies data
        *-cache:1
             description: L2 cache
             physical id: 6
             slot: L2-Cache
             size: 512KiB
             capacity: 512KiB
             capabilities: pipeline-burst internal varies unified
        *-cache:2 DISABLED
             description: L3 cache
             physical id: 7
             slot: L3-Cache
             capabilities: internal
     *-memory
          description: System Memory
          physical id: 27
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 1GiB
          capacity: 2GiB
        *-bank:0
             description: DIMM [empty]
             product: PartNum0
             vendor: Manufacturer0
             physical id: 0
             serial: SerNum0
             slot: DIMM0
        *-bank:1
             description: DIMM DDR Synchronous 400 MHz (2.5 ns)
             product: PartNum1
             vendor: Manufacturer1
             physical id: 1
             serial: SerNum1
             slot: DIMM1
             size: 1GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 400MHz (2.5ns)
     *-pci:0
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.0
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=agpgart-via latency=8 module=via_agp
        *-system UNCLAIMED
             description: PIC
             product: K8M890CE I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 0.5
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.5
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: io_x_-apic bus_master
             configuration: latency=0
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: VT8237 PCI bridge [K8T800/K8T890 South]
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 1
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:01.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: pci pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
           *-display UNCLAIMED
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: K8M890 [Chrome9] Integrated Video
                vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.0
                version: 11
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 66MHz
                capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=64 mingnt=2
        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:02.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress pm msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 3
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:03.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress pm msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
        *-ide:0
             description: IDE interface
             product: VT8237A SATA 2-Port Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: f
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:0f.0
             version: 80
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=sata_via latency=64 module=sata_via
        *-ide:1
             description: IDE interface
             product: VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: f.1
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:0f.1
             logical name: scsi0
             logical name: scsi1
             version: 07
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
             configuration: driver=pata_via latency=32 module=pata_via
           *-disk:0
                description: ATA Disk
                product: Hitachi HDS72161
                vendor: Hitachi
                physical id: 0
                bus info: scsi at 0:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/sda
                version: P22O
                serial: PV3300Z2SKYG4J
                size: 153GiB (164GB)
                capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=80408040
              *-volume
                   description: Windows NTFS volume
                   physical id: 1
                   bus info: scsi at 0:0.0.0,1
                   logical name: /dev/sda1
                   version: 3.1
                   serial: f0caa111-73fe-6645-8c32-48debf44042a
                   size: 153GiB
                   capacity: 153GiB
                   capabilities: primary bootable ntfs initialized
                   configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2007-03-30 09:04:37 filesystem=ntfs modified_by_chkdsk=true mounted_on_nt4=true resize_log_file=true state=dirty upgrade_on_mount=true
           *-disk:1
                description: ATA Disk
                product: ST340016A
                vendor: Seagate
                physical id: 0.1.0
                bus info: scsi at 0:0.1.0
                logical name: /dev/sdb
                version: 3.75
                serial: 3HSB837K
                size: 37GiB (40GB)
                capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=fd478bc7
              *-volume:0
                   description: EXT3 volume
                   vendor: Linux
                   physical id: 1
                   bus info: scsi at 0:0.1.0,1
                   logical name: /dev/sdb1
                   logical name: /
                   logical name: /dev/.static/dev
                   version: 1.0
                   serial: 47468e9a-fedb-46b7-9985-eb1c1cc30df4
                   size: 35GiB
                   capacity: 35GiB
                   capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files recover ext3 ext2 initialized
                   configuration: created=2008-08-18 03:53:09 filesystem=ext3 modified=2008-09-27 15:55:17 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2008-09-27 15:30:08 state=mounted
              *-volume:1
                   description: Extended partition
                   physical id: 2
                   bus info: scsi at 0:0.1.0,2
                   logical name: /dev/sdb2
                   size: 1608MiB
                   capacity: 1608MiB
                   capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                 *-logicalvolume
                      description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                      physical id: 5
                      logical name: /dev/sdb5
                      capacity: 1608MiB
                      capabilities: nofs
           *-cdrom
                description: DVD-RAM writer
                product: DVDRW LH-20A1P
                vendor: LITE-ON
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi at 1:0.0.0
                logical name: /dev/cdrom
                logical name: /dev/dvd
                logical name: /dev/scd0
                logical name: /dev/sr0
                logical name: /media/cdrom0
                version: KL05
                capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
                configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime state=mounted status=ready
              *-medium
                   physical id: 0
                   logical name: /dev/cdrom
                   logical name: /media/cdrom0
                   configuration: mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,nosuid,nodev,relatime state=mounted
        *-usb:0
             description: USB Controller
             product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 10
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:10.0
             version: a0
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64 module=uhci_hcd
        *-usb:1
             description: USB Controller
             product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 10.1
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:10.1
             version: a0
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64 module=uhci_hcd
        *-usb:2
             description: USB Controller
             product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 10.2
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:10.2
             version: a0
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64 module=uhci_hcd
        *-usb:3
             description: USB Controller
             product: VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 10.3
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:10.3
             version: a0
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm uhci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=64 module=uhci_hcd
        *-usb:4
             description: USB Controller
             product: USB 2.0
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 10.4
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:10.4
             version: 86
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64 module=ehci_hcd
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 11
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:11.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa pm cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-network
             description: Ethernet interface
             product: VT6102 [Rhine-II]
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 12
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:12.0
             logical name: eth0
             version: 7c
             serial: 00:1a:92:19:70:1a
             size: 10MB/s
             capacity: 100MB/s
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
             configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=via-rhine driverversion=1.4.3 duplex=half latency=64 link=no maxlatency=8 mingnt=3 module=via_rhine multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: VT8237A Host Bridge
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 13
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:13.0
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
           *-multimedia
                description: Audio device
                product: VIA High Definition Audio Controller
                vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
                physical id: 1
                bus info: pci at 0000:04:01.0
                version: 10
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=0 module=snd_hda_intel
        *-pci:4
             description: PCI bridge
             product: VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge
             vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
             physical id: 13.1
             bus info: pci at 0000:00:13.1
             version: 00
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci ht subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
           *-network:0
                description: Wireless interface
                product: RTL-8185 IEEE 802.11a/b/g Wireless LAN Controller
                vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
                physical id: 6
                bus info: pci at 0000:05:06.0
                logical name: wlan0
                version: 20
                serial: 00:18:e7:43:00:90
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+net8185 driverversion=1.52+Realtek,02/01/2007,5.1097.0 ip=172.16.1.34 latency=64 link=yes maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
           *-network:1
                description: Ethernet interface
                product: 21x4x DEC-Tulip compatible 10/100 Ethernet
                vendor: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc.
                physical id: 7
                bus info: pci at 0000:05:07.0
                logical name: eth1
                version: 40
                serial: 00:60:6e:75:c5:2b
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
                configuration: broadcast=yes driver=dmfe driverversion=1.36.4 latency=64 link=no maxlatency=40 mingnt=20 module=dmfe multicast=yes
     *-pci:1
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 101
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.1
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:2
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 102
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.2
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:3
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 103
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.3
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:4
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 104
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.4
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:5
          description: Host bridge
          product: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 105
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.6
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:6
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8M890CE Host Bridge
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 106
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:00.7
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:7
          description: Host bridge
          product: VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
          vendor: VIA Technologies, Inc.
          physical id: 107
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:11.7
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: latency=128
     *-pci:8
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 108
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:18.0
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:9
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 109
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:18.1
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:10
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 10a
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:18.2
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
     *-pci:11
          description: Host bridge
          product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
          vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
          physical id: 10b
          bus info: pci at 0000:00:18.3
          version: 00
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=k8temp module=k8temp

Thanks to all,

Andy Pickens






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