Matrox Parhelia 128mb

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Matrox Parhelia 128mb

Postby mastersync » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:10 am

Hello!

I just installed Ubuntu and I loved it. I am currently dual-booting Ubuntu and XP and both works just fine.

I wanted to try desktop effects and went on installing the official Matrox driver but after rebooting, Ubuntu wont boot and it gives me weird splash screen color error.

I went on and reinstalled fresh Ubuntu and before doing anything I would like to have some advice...

Thanks!

Specs :

Intel Celeron 2.60Ghz
1.5GB RAM
2 80GB HD - One Linux, One Windows
Matrox Parhelia 128MB
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:56 am

I wanted to try desktop effects


What do you mean with desktop effects? A compositing manager like beryl,
AIGLX/Xgl, the rotating cube and the like?

If so, they don't work on your card because of the poor OpenGL support.

Ubuntu wont boot and it gives me weird splash screen color error.


You need to disable the bootsplash by adding the option "nosplash" to your
kernel command line. To do this, edit the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and add
the option accordingly. Your menu.lst could look like this:

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[...]
## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet
[...]


Now add the string "nosplash" to the "defoptions" variable that it looks
like this:

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# defoptions=quiet nosplash


Save the file and reboot to see if the splash has been disabled.
Afterwards, you may try to install the Matrox driver again. It should at
least allow you to boot now and you should be able to switch back to
the text console if the graphical user interface doesn't show up (CTRL-ALT-F1).

Please note that you will have to modify your /etc/X11/xorg.conf after
you installed the matrox driver so that it makes use of the driver at all.

I wrote up a small howto on editing the xorg.conf file which can be found here:

[http://matrox.tuxx-home.at/viewtopic.php?t=245

You might also want to use the search function in this forum to find example
Xorg configuration files for your setup.

Update:
Using the search function, I found a topic that seems to cover your
issue:

[http://matrox.tuxx-home.at/viewtopic.php?t=261]
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Postby mastersync » Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:26 pm

Thanks alot!

Now it boots with Matrox Parhelia screen and works fine.

But I can't enable desktop-effects, it says "Dekstop Effects can not be enabled".

Is it has something to do with the xorg settings ?
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Postby tuxx-home.at » Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:15 pm

Now it boots with Matrox Parhelia screen and works fine.


Great!

But I can't enable desktop-effects, it says "Dekstop Effects can not be
enabled".


As I already said in my first answer to you:

tuxx-home.at wrote:What do you mean with desktop effects? A compositing manager like beryl,
AIGLX/Xgl, the rotating cube and the like?

If so, they don't work on your card because of the poor OpenGL support.
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