Matrox G550 PCIe 1x install with Debian 4.0

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Matrox G550 PCIe 1x install with Debian 4.0

Postby stevew » Fri Aug 31, 2007 11:40 pm

Hi all. I'm very much a Linux newbie and I want to install a G550 PCIe 1x dual head graphics card in a recently installed Debian 4 setup, kernel 2.6.18, currently running fine with a PCIe x16 card in place. When I swapped the cards I got a text only boot, there was an option to view graphics load errors and then I was dumped to a text screen login. I can login and shutdown fine, but my linux skills don't stretch to fixing the graphics setup from a prompt. I was rather hoping the system would help me out more, and at least give me VGA graphics from the outset, but there doesn't seem to be any working hardware detection to pick up this card. Could anyone point a beginner towards configuring linux/Gnome to work with this card? Thanks in advance for any help.
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:03 pm

You might want to try the command `X -configure` which should give you
basically a working xorg.conf (usually /root/xorg.conf.new).
After this file has been successfully created, you can copy it to its original
location which is /etc/X11/xorg.conf and for the next reboot, things should
look brighter and more colourful ;)
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Postby tiepolo » Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:39 pm

Hello!

I installed successfully the driver and work well with ubuntu 7.04 & 7.10 with two monitor and a dual head G550.

I'm trying to do the same on debian etch, but it doesn't work - installation seemed to work, but the xorg.conf file derived from the one used in ubuntu goes dark screen (not blue, but bad news in any case..)

i tried the X -config but the result doesn't work and has ine only monitor.

btw the module hal_mga doesn't load

thank in advance for help,

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Postby tuxx-home.at » Wed Nov 14, 2007 11:27 pm

Please restore your configuration file derived from Ubuntu, try to start the X server and attach the resulting /var/log/Xorg.0.log file to your next message
so that I can see what goes wrong with your system.

BTW: Have you checked the FAQ at [http://matrox.tuxx-home.at/viewtopic.php?t=78] already?
It should help you in getting the mga_hal module loaded.
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Postby tiepolo » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:20 pm

You find the Xorg.0.log

i can't see what happens..

Thanks

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Postby tuxx-home.at » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:19 pm

As I thought, you're experiencing the ABI mismatch issue.
Please have a look at the above mentioned FAQ entry for information about
how to fix this.
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Postby tiepolo » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:03 pm

The problem is definitely that :

startx -- -ignoreABI works
(the result in strange in the sense that in ubuntu i get the desktop image wallpaper deformed and divided in two, and here in debian I have the image in the centre and blue to complete the screen on both sides)

the file /etc/gdm/gdm.conf doesn't look anithing similar to what is indicated in the FAQ and the instruction gdmsetup fails to connect to the socket and aborts.

so i can only manually start the thing...
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:12 pm

On Ubuntu the problem might be the activated bootsplash that causes this
issue.

Are you sure that you're running gdm on your system??
What does the following command give:

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ps ax | grep [xgk]dm
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Postby tiepolo » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:05 am

nothing happens with this instruction in debian 4.0;
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:13 am

Are you sure that you're using a login manager?
Does the system present you with a GUI to ask for your username and
password after you started it or do you manually start the X server with
the `startx` command?

What window manager do you use?

Can I see the output of:

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ls /etc/rc2.d
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Postby tiepolo » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:44 am

here the result
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Nov 17, 2007 10:48 am

Wow, please don't make screenshots of directory listings ;)
They're just tooo big.

Alright, it seems as if your default runlevel isn't two, so please let me see
the output of:

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ls /etc/rc?.d



You might want to redirect the output of this command to a file and attach
it afterwards, like this:

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ls /etc/rc?.d >/tmp/dirlist.out


Afterwards, you should attach the file "/tmp/dirlist.out" to your next
message.
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Postby tiepolo » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:01 am

here the file; i'm using root 'cause i can start a terminal as root from grub.
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:09 am

Alright, it seems as if you're using gdm.

So, then, what does your /etc/gdm/gdm.conf* files look like?
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Postby tiepolo » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:13 am

here the file, never modified
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