Install P650 on PCLinuxOS 2007

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Install P650 on PCLinuxOS 2007

Postby jmasgalas » Fri Jul 06, 2007 3:39 pm

Has anyone had any luck installing the drivers for the P650 on PCLinuxOS? If so can you point me to a guide? Thanks!
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Postby jmasgalas » Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:58 pm

OK I saw the post about the new matrox drivers. I installed them following the instructions. Now when I boot the screen goes blank right before the logon screen is supposed to come up. Prior to this I had just my onboard Intel card. I tried pulling out the Matrox card. Connecting my monitor to my onboard Intel card. I then copied my backup xorg.conf to my active one. Rebooted but still nothing. I then booted with the 3 option. Logged in as root and ran mcc to reconfigure my display. I still cannot get it to come up. Just some garble when I hit the power button. I also tried XFdrake --autodetect without no luck. Does anyone know of anything else I can try! Save me please!!!!
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Postby jmasgalas » Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:20 pm

Okay I uninstalled the driver and I am back to normal with my Intel card. Can anyone point me to step by step instructions on getting this to work? Thanks!
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Sun Jul 08, 2007 5:16 pm

Well, usually it's as easy as one two three.

1. Install the Matrox driver
2. Modify your xorg.conf to use the mtx driver instead of the current one
3. Restart your X server for the changes to take effect

If it doesn't work, have a look at your /var/log/Xorg.0.log file to see what
went wrong and if you can't make heads or tails of it, attach both of them
(the configuration file /etc/X11/xorg.conf and the logfile /var/log/Xorg.0.log)
here with a short description of what you're seeing (e.g. black screen, distorted
screen, no picture at all, ...).
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Postby Davesworld » Sun Jul 08, 2007 9:26 pm

jmasgalas wrote:OK I saw the post about the new matrox drivers. I installed them following the instructions. Now when I boot the screen goes blank right before the logon screen is supposed to come up. Prior to this I had just my onboard Intel card. I tried pulling out the Matrox card. Connecting my monitor to my onboard Intel card. I then copied my backup xorg.conf to my active one. Rebooted but still nothing. I then booted with the 3 option. Logged in as root and ran mcc to reconfigure my display. I still cannot get it to come up. Just some garble when I hit the power button. I also tried XFdrake --autodetect without no luck. Does anyone know of anything else I can try! Save me please!!!!


How long are you waiting? With many analog monitors, it takes a few minutes for X to start, seems like the machine is locked but it isn't, just wait. If more than five minutes passes, then you have a problem. With the new driver, you'll eventually get a blue parhelia splash screen if all goes well, if you are missing something such as GL, you'll get a magenta splash screen. BTW, the distro X config tools generally don't recognize the mtx driver that is needed. You can take an existing working xorg config file and simply change the driver to mtx as it already has all the modelines that you have been using that work. I've actually taken Nvidia xorg config files and Matrox-ized them by changing the driver entry.
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Postby jmasgalas » Mon Jul 09, 2007 2:31 pm

I only waited maybe 30 seconds. I will try again and see if it does load.
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Postby jmasgalas » Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:16 pm

OKO that is all it was. Is there a config utility for the drivers? Or do I set the display resolution up as I normally would? Thanks!
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:31 pm

OKO that is all it was.


Great. How long do you have to wait?

Is there a config utility for the drivers?


Not really. You'll have to do all the necessary modifications with your
favourite text editor.

I wrote up a little HOWTO about editing your xorg.conf file, please have a
look:

[http://matrox.tuxx-home.at/viewtopic.php?t=245]
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Postby jmasgalas » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:26 pm

I am close! I modified my xorg.conf by following the instructions in the release notes for dualhead independent displays. However only one display is working. PCLOS recognizes both in the control center though. Here is my xorg.conf:
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:34 pm

Without seeing your logfile it is hard for me to say what's wrong with
your configuration, but I think I know where the error lies:

You specified the same device twice. To distinguish between the two
outputs on your card you will likely need to add the bold marked options
(Screen 0, Screen1) to your device sections as shown below.

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "Matrox"
BoardName "Matrox P650"
Driver "mtx"
Option "DPMS"
Option "May_Need_ForceBIOS" "1"
Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
BusID "PCI:6:0:0"
Screen 0
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device2"
VendorName "Matrox"
BoardName "Matrox P650"
Driver "mtx"
Option "DPMS"
Option "May_Need_ForceBIOS" "1"
Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
BusID "PCI:6:0:0"
Screen 1
EndSection


If this still doesn't work, please attach your logfile to the next message.
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Postby jmasgalas » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:44 pm

I noticed I missed those two lines. I added them and rebooted but no luck. I attached my log file.
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:51 pm

Oh, well, and of course you need to add the second screen section to
your ServerLayout configuration:

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"
Screen "screen2" RightOf "screen1"
EndSection


I've not recognized it at the first glance because I stopped reading your
configuration file after I saw that the screen options were missing.
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Postby jmasgalas » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:09 pm

Yes sir that did it! Thank you so much for your help!!! I am back in business!!!
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:23 pm

That's great to hear :)
Have fun with your Matrox card!
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Postby jmasgalas » Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:19 pm

One last problem tux. When I log out or restart I do not come to the gui logon. I have to log into my session from the cli then manually startx. Any ideas? I attached my xorg log file.
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