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Hi all,

I just started working with linux. Installed latest Debian 3.1 stable release on a IBM T42 laptop. Installation went smoothly, but i can't change my resolution correctly to 1024x758. When I do that, it does change, but my screensize ain't.. thats still on 800x600, so i have 2 mouses on my screen ;-)

Anybody can help me with that?
the videocard thats in it is a ATI Mobility Radeon 7500..
Searched for new drivers but couldn't find any official.. only found some for DRI.. but those snapshots are based on an older kernel then i am running, so can't compile the drivers sad.gif

Grtz Jagga
Get the latest snapshot from

They should work properly. Otherwise, have you tried using Vesa as the video driver it works in most of the cases.
I downloaded the latest snaphot. Installed Xorg.. and tried installing the snapshot, but when i run sudo ./ and walk thru the setup.. it then wants to compile the drivers.. then it says i use an old kernel version etc..

Looked in the snapshot folder.. but the kernels its revering to are older then the one i have. (I use the one which is shipped with the Debian 3.1 r0a release)
Dun know how to compile a new kernel biggrin.gif

How do i change to vesa driver?
Or do i need to reinstall?
Which version of kernel you are running?
Use following command, to check the version of kernel you are using:
$ uname -r
coz its difficult, to upgrade from 2.4 to 2.6,i wont advise you to do that, unless you are absolutely sure about, what you are doing...

i haven't use Debian, so i am not sure, whether it uses X.ORG or Xfree86.

if Xorg, then look for file /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
       Identifier  "Videocard0"
       Driver      "i810"
       VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
       BoardName   "Intel 915"

above snippet is taken from my xorg.conf while, here in Driver section, remove i810 and put vesa.
Restart X and this should solve your problem....
Sorry for late reply

I use 2.4.27-2-386
Want to use 2.6 tho, but no idea how to do that. Looked for a debian package but haven't found it yet. Or i am pointing my packetmanager to the wrong location.

Got my videocard working now using the ati driver provided within the distribution. The problem was my screensettings in the Xfree86 config file. 1024x768 wasn't listed as possible resolution. I added that.. and now its ok.
Searching for a couple of days, while it was such a simple solution biggrin.gif

If anyone can help me update the kernel i would be very pleased.. i also seem to have a problem with my acpi. My laptop goes into hyb or suspend or something and doesn;t wake up anymore, also when i shut it down, it doesn;t powerdown actually.. yeah my screen goes black.. but it is still on..

p.s. if i'm correct, debian switched to Xorg with the new kernel
As i have said earlier switching from 2.4 to 2.6 is not a very good idea with an existing installation, because it will break many apps.You will need latest version of gcc and libc, for switching to kernel-2.6.

If apt is not working, you should get the sources from and compile and install.
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