Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

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Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:44 pm

Hallo all,

I tried to install "matroxdriver_mga-x86_32-4.4.4-installer.run" in edubuntu, but I got this:

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Matrox Linux Driver Install Script
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"Can't find the X Server version you are currently running (1.4.0.90) in
this installers database, so for your convenience, I'll try to install
the latest available version (7.1.0) onto your system.

If you think this is alright, simply hit <RETURN> here, if you don't,
stop here by pressing CTRL-C and please post this notice in the
Unofficial Matrox Technical Support Forum (http://matrox.tuxx-home.at)
and I'll see what I can do for you.

Please strike any key to continue..."

at this point the installation,if strike any key, says : "An X driver exists. Not overwriting... use -overwrite to override)"

"Installed X HAL driver is the same as the installer
version, not installing HAL driver file."

So driver don't install and xorg.conf don't change.

Is there any solution available to resolve this installation?

Thanks and CIAO :D Sal
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:57 pm

Make sure to uninstall the edubuntu xorg driver for your mga card before proceeding here:

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sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-video-mga


Then, run the installation for the unofficial driver again. That should work then.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:26 pm

Thanks for answer,

I do that you have recommended and the “HOWTO install the unofficial driver” but, after reboot, the only screen resolution available are 800x600 and 640x480.

If you have any solution available, I attached the resulting xorg.conf for your analysis.

Thanks again and Ciao, Sal.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:55 am

I need to see the file /var/log/Xorg.0.log too, please, attach it to your next message.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:45 pm

OK, in attachments what you requested
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:51 pm

OK, this is actually the wrong logfile. Is there a file called /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old on your system too?
As you can see in the logfile, this log was generated from the failsafe configuration file:

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(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf.failsafe"


I need the log that contains:

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(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:22 pm

I did not understand it if you want one or the other file, but all enclosed
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:04 pm

This is, again, the wrong file.
I hate this f***king failsafe configuration from Ubuntu :-/

Please try to do the following to get a good logfile for me:

When your X server (the graphical user interface) is running, hit CTRL-ALT-F1 on your keyboard to switch to a text console.
Then, depending on the desktop environment you've installed (KDE, Gnome, etc.) stop that thing.

KDE: /etc/init.d/kdm stop
GNOME: /etc/inig.d/gdm stop

Verify that the X server has been stopped by looking at the process list (command: `ps ax | grep X`)
If there's still an X server process running, kill it.

Then, start your X server with the following options:

X -verbose >/root/X.log 2>&1

The X server will possibly not start correct (otherwise it would have done that earlier) and you will be dropped back to the text console.
Start your display manager again (/etc/init.d/kdm start or /etc/init.d/gdm start, ...), browse to this forum and attach the file /root/X.log to your next message.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:46 am

OK , what you requested
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:22 am

Please try the attached configuration file.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:46 pm

OK it works perfectly. Now the range goes from 1920x1200 to 640x480. For my monitor I chose 1680x1050 at 60 Hz


Advantage of your patience for another question: in my Ubuntu 8.04 if I look in SYSTEM,PREFERENCES,APPEARANCE, choose visual effects and select additional get "unable to enable desktop effects".

Why I cannot enable these effects if drivers are installed correctly?

Thanks again Sal
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:28 pm

Because these effects rely on Xgl and AIGLX extensions which are not supported in the G-series driver releases.
The Xorg mga drivers do support them at a somewhat very basic level, I think, but well, you can't have anything I guess :) Be happy that it's running as it does currently, others don't even have that luxury :)
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:53 pm

Oh sure :D , it was just a curiosity, but curiosity out of curiosity, also old Distro Ubuntu do not support Xgl and AIGLX extensions in the G-series driver ?
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby tuxx-home.at » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:11 pm

It's not an issue of the distributions itself, well, basically, it is, but the three main components involved in these modern desktop effects are the X server, the grahpics card driver and the compiz manager.

Using the search function in the G-series forum in here, you will probably find some threads where people tried to get that combination working on Ubuntu, I guess, some seem to have that accomplished as well but I think it's a bit of manual work so if you're really interested in it, you might find the answer in here.
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Re: Matrox G400 Millenium Max on Edubuntu

Postby salmod » Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:22 pm

OK I will read this excellent forum and try to understand something and yet so thanks for the help.
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