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Thank U very much for Your patched drivers...

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 8:46 pm
by petersem
...and now even a new forum. I'm looking forward to find some interesting informations about Matrox cards (which I still consider as the best analog devices for quality at big resolutions), since I've changed from G450 (*sigh*) to P650, cause I believed somehow that some annoyances would be gone :).

So, thank You again.

Ciao,

Martin Petersen

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 10:44 pm
by tuxx-home.at
Thank you for the flowers. I too hope that this platform will be a good source
of information for all Matrox users out there in the future.

And, indeed, the P-series cards are much better than the G-series cards.
I now own my third P-series card, an APVe, and am very satisfied with it.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:19 pm
by MatroxRulez
Hello tuxx-home!

This is very nice forum. I'm sure it will help many Linux users!
Thanks and good luck! :D

Did you ever planned to create sub-forums for the installation/configuring problems on Windows systems? Or is the General questions reserved for these topics too?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:14 am
by csp
Why are the P-series are _much_better_ than the G-series?
I know that the P-series support more than 1280x1024 on DVI but what are other advantages?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:16 am
by tuxx-home.at
This is very nice forum. I'm sure it will help many Linux users!
Thanks and good luck!


Thanks!

Did you ever planned to create sub-forums for the installation/configuring
problems on Windows systems?


Not really, because I don't use Windows on the machines that have Matrox
cards installed.
The reason for not having Windows Sub-Forums is, that I can't be of any help
for Windows users out there and as long as there is noone that can offer
support for Windows users, there won't be Windows sub forums.

Providing Windows Subforums may let people think that they get support
for their questions here and if posted questions remain unanswered that
will not shed a good light on this forum.

Again, if someone is willing to support Windows users, I'll open windows
subforums.

Why are the P-series are _much_better_ than the G-series?


The P-series cards feature newer technology and better performance, as well
as better compatibility and updated firmware.
As with all "old" products, the G-series cards will run out of support soon, I
suppose, so buying a G-series card for future compatibility is not a good
option in my eyes.

I did several benchmarks on the same tasks for G-series and P-series
cards and the P-series cards always performed better.
Additionally, looking at the driver source, the P-series cards driver has more
potential for future usages.
It's upon Matrox to make the best out of the P-series cards Linux drivers,
but the capabilities are there and therefore I hope that they will someday
recognize that and provide us with fullfeatured drivers that support all
features on the P-series cards that are currently supported for Microsoft
operating systems.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:20 pm
by MatroxRulez
tuxx-home.at wrote:Not really, because I don't use Windows on the machines that have Matrox
cards installed.
The reason for not having Windows Sub-Forums is, that I can't be of any help
for Windows users out there and as long as there is noone that can offer
support for Windows users, there won't be Windows sub forums.

Providing Windows Subforums may let people think that they get support
for their questions here and if posted questions remain unanswered that
will not shed a good light on this forum.


I think you have made a wise decision.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 4:24 pm
by tuxx-home.at
I think you have made a wise decision.


Thank you for the understanding.
I hope, that someday a windows guru will find his way here to us and that
we then may be able to provide support for windows users out there too.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:58 am
by mlapidge
Thanks for the modified drivers (4.4.2). Now my G450 is working just fine with the Xorg 7.1 server although the frame rate is only some 320 fps or so. The bios update worked too.

I pointed the people not getting any joy at:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... +bug/58721

at this forum.

Is there any place(s) where I might find detailed info on the options availble for use with my card and the mga driver. I have looked at xorg.conf(5) manual page but it is generic of course and the xorg.conf file is only one place to set options that affect the card. Another is at kernel boot time in the grub loader menu.lst (vga=???) but I can't find much detail on these kinds of things.

Thanks again.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:49 pm
by tuxx-home.at
Now my G450 is working just fine with the Xorg 7.1 server although the frame
rate is only some 320 fps or so. The bios update worked too.


That's great to hear!

Is there any place(s) where I might find detailed info on the options availble
for use with my card and the mga driver.


Well, there's `man mga` if it's installed on your system. For your convenience,
I uploaded the `man2html` output of this manual page to the following URL:

[http://tuxx-home.at/projects/mga/man.mga.html]

Additional options can be found in this documentation:

[http://webcvs.freedesktop.org/xorg/xserver/xorg/hw/xfree86/Options?view=markup&revision=1.1.1.1]

Search for the "mga.*" options, f.ex. "mga.Crtc2Half".

Another is at kernel boot time in the grub loader menu.lst (vga=???) but I
can't find much detail on these kinds of things.


There's no need to set the vga parameter at boot time for your Matrox
graphics card. The only reason why you may want to do this, is in case you're
running the matrox framebuffer driver (matroxfb) for framebuffer console
support on this graphic card.
The documentation for matroxfb can be found in your local kernel source
in the directory "/usr/src/linux/Documentation/fb/matroxfb.txt".
I also uploaded this file onto my webspace for easy viewing if you don't have
the kernel sources installed:

[http://tuxx-home.at/projects/mga/matroxfb.txt]