> Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 17:16:12 -0500
> From: Curtis Magyar <cumagyar@...>
> Organization: Chase Auto Body Supplies Ltd.
> To: dri-users@... a couple of weeks of using XF 3.3.6, I decided
> to install XF 4.0,
> to correct the many bugs I was experiencing in the SVGA server (even
> with the patch in 'fixes'). The binary & source releases at
> xfree86.org, caused a very significant bug to appear. When I started X,
> then switched to a console and back, my screen appears in very weird
> shades of green/yellow/black.
> Now that I have installed the DRI-CVS trunk, (June 20th) after I start
> X, That same screen apears when I try to ctrl-alt-f1, or switch to any
> other console. (IE a colour distorted representation of my X screen).
> When I switch back to my X screen, each window is redrawn, and appears
> in it's correct pallet.
> I'm not sure which is better at this point, access to text console, or access to X.
> Can't I have both somehow?
Can't you run something like eterm, xterm, or gnome-terminal? That will give you
(*multiple*) text console access. If you're using an application like gnome-panel,
right-click on it in a blank space between or next to your other docked application icons
and choose "add new launcher from the resulting menu." Make "xterm" or "gnome-terminal"
(or whatever you happen to have) the command, choose a cute little icon, and you're all
set. Also, whether you're running kde or gnome, you should already have a shortcut
embedded in your task bar at the bottom of the screen for some sort of console access.
Since switching between ttys is so annoying and buggy, (I have experienced this myself),
using a terminal emulator from within X is the way to go.
> - The r128 module modprobes correctly, and xdpyinfo reports GLX,
> SGI-GLX, and XFree86-DRI.
> - Running 2.4.0test1
That's pretty much the same setup I'm using except with a "Rage Fury" card. It's working
> Also I seem to be unable to slect 32 bpp despite the DRI User Guide's
> suggestion "You may also set your screen depth to 32 for 32bpp mode". X
> fails on startup siting the depth 32 display subsection as an
> unsupported mode.
What resolution are you trying to run? It could be that you're pushing your card and
driver too far.
I'm using 1600x1200 at 16 bits per pixel so that I can run quake 3. (since I hear that 3d
acceleration only runs in 16 bit mode.) I really can't tell the difference between 16 and
I'm going to include my XF86config file because it took a lot of experimentation to
generate and it works really nicely. The only thing you'll have to do is cut my "Monitor"
section out and paste yours in its place. Make sure the identifier for your monitor
section is "Monitor 0" and you should be all set. If you want to default to a lower
resolution or a higer color depth then edit the "Screen" section the file:
Uncomment the appropriate "DefaultColorDepth" attribute and recomment the other one if you
want to change color depth.
Then go down to the "Display" subsection with the color depth you want to use and add or
delete modes as you see fit, restart X and see what you get. You might get shat upon, but
it's worth a try, right?
Good luck. Let me know how it goes.