video probs with redhat 9 on laptop


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11 Mar 2003
i jus set my laptop up to dual boot windows xp & redhat linux 9.0 & everything works great, except that something is not right with linux. it seems to run really slow, like all the games that are installed with it are very jumpy, and when i close the lid of the laptop & then open it again, instead of resuming from standby (does it go into standby in linux?) the screen is black, but on the top are all these sort of staticy rainbow colored lines that jump theres just something wrong with the video. when that happens all i can do is restart & then its fine. a friend suggested that maybe the video card hadnt been detected correctly & said i could check in the file /proc/iomem (is that right?) anyways, the name of the card listed in there seems to be right. does anyone know what i could try here? im a pretty big linux newbie, so i dont really know what im talking about, heh. thanks in advance.

its a dell inspiron 600m with the centrino chipset

1.6 ghz, 512 mb ram, mobility radeon 9000 64mb
The radeons have some issues with DRI. I have a R9000 (non-mobility) running slackware and I have to start into runlevel 3 because KDM or XDM will freeze when I logout.
Welcome to NTFS, ruiner_066 :)
The video issue might be due to the drivers XFree86 is using. Open up /etc/X11/XF86Config in a text-editor and paste the contents of the file here. That should be a good starting point.
Have you checked out They have reviews and how-tos on how to get different kinds of laptops running with Linux. I just looked, and there are at least two entries for your laptop.
thanks for the quick reply guys, and for the welcome netryder. im not actualy new though...i just havent been here in a while, the forums were reset werent they? anyways... when i say im a newbie i mean im really a newbie...i dont know what DRI or KDM or XDM are. i tried looking at, and i dont really have the slightest clue wat is being talked about there. here is the XF86Config file (it was actualy in /etc/X11/XF86Config)

# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"
Load "dri"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Dell 1400x1050 Laptop Display Panel"
HorizSync 31.5 - 90.0
VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "radeon"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "ATI Radeon Mobility M9"
VideoRam 65536

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666

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