Newby trying to install G450 driver on Ubuntu 9.04

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Newby trying to install G450 driver on Ubuntu 9.04

Postby Paul R » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:49 pm

Hi, I am new to Ubuntu/Linux and my system has a G450 DVI graphics card. I can get to see a screen after booting, but only after using the CTRL-ALT-minus keys to get to a scrollable window.

I downloaded the matroxdriver_mga-x86_32-4.4.4-installer.run file into my directory and used sudo to run the following via Terminal.

paul@ubuntu9:~$ sudo sh matroxdriver_mga-x86_32-4.4.4-installer.run
Please, enter the directory to extract the files [/home/paul/]

Creating directory /home/paul/matroxdriver_mga-x86_32-4.4.4
Verifying archive integrity... All good.
Uncompressing Unofficial Matrox G-Series Driver by tuxx-home.at..............................................

========================================
Matrox Linux Driver Install Script
========================================

Can't find the X Server version you are currently running (1.6.0) 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...
You are about to install the X server driver,
do you wish to continue? (y/n) y

An X driver exists. Not overwriting... use -overwrite to override)

Installing HAL driver...

paul@ubuntu9:~$


Could you please advise me what to do now?
Thanks
Paul R
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Re: Newby trying to install G450 driver on Ubuntu 9.04

Postby Paul R » Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:25 pm

Just a brief follow up, for the record.

As I eventually figured, after properly reading all the information so generously provided, that the Matrox drivers no longer work with 9.04. So I modified xorg.conf file to insert the VESA driver, and got the system working. Only problem then was that the VESA driver did not have a 1600x900 option, which is the native resolution of my Samsung LCD monitor.

Fortunately I found an old Radeon based DVI card in a system I was fixing for a family member - gave them a more up to date AGP graphics card, and put the AGP Radeon into the Ubuntu 9/04 system. Came up using the VESA driver (not suprisingly) so ran "sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg" and then rebooted - heh, native driver support for the Radeon with 1600x900 working!

Bye bye Matrox.

Paul R
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