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Gloria - COMPAQ PRESARIO 5660 (Supported) [SOLVED]

Postby mcurran on Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:13 pm

I just wanted to let Clem and the developers know that the latest edition of Mint (currently Gloria) does not support this old machine out-of-the-box (iso/live cd). All prior releases have supported this machine, but for some reason xorg.conf refuses to configure my legacy ATI 3D RAGE LT PRO 4MB gpu. I believe it has something to do with the lack of ATI support "out-of-the-box." For Felicia and others I needed to run a GParted live cd or other distro, and take note of the xorg.conf file, and then rewrite the code for Mint before starting x: But now with Gloria, I get kernel panics before I'm even able to kill gdm processes and edit xorg. What's up? Maybe think about adding more legacy support to Helena. I don't think I'll have the money for a monster laptop before she's released, so I'd appreciate a peek into this. Why would every other distro I've tried (at least 10) all startup no problem, even Ubuntu, but then have kernel panics with Gloria? Also, FYI, I did try reburning numerous images of Gloria before posting this... and I'm eager to use linux again and I refuse to use any other distro besides Mint. Maybe Debian, but the lack of multimedia support and extra's we get with Mint is ridiculous, and it's not worth spending a month getting Debian up to par and useable.
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    Re: Gloria - COMPAQ PRESARIO 5660 (Not Supported)

    Postby Husse on Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:52 pm

    I hope you checked the md5summ too :)
    Maybe the problem is gfxgrub which we use but not Ubuntu, I'm not quite sure how far you come
    Can you boot the live CD?
    If so it may help to boot and edit the xorg.conf on the installed system from the live CD
    Add
    Driver "vesa"
    to
    Section "Device"
    If you use Compatibility mode this is what happens (and a few boot options added)
    Image
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    Re: Gloria - COMPAQ PRESARIO 5660 (Not Supported)

    Postby mcurran on Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:24 am

    Thanks Husse. Unfortunately the vesa driver doesn't want to work either. It's a little more complicated with this old machine. I think the main problem is that I only have 256MB RAM, plus there's some type of issue with this kernel or distro release that doesn't like legacy ATI cards or something. I need to add lots of extra video options in xorg, and can only boot Felicia with the default ATI driver. I'm just gonna wait and see if I can get Helena RC1 up and running; hopefully it'll be released soon...
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      Re: Gloria - COMPAQ PRESARIO 5660 (Not Supported)

      Postby DrHu on Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:36 am

      The RAM size will prevent Mint's graphical logon, since that RAM size does not meet the Mint installation specs..512MB is recommended /perhaps needed
      viewtopic.php?t=628
      http://lnxwalt.wordpress.com/2007/04/15 ... inux-mint/
      --old link..

      General info..Mint
      http://www.linuxminthcl.org/index
      http://www.linuxminthcl.org/browse/sear ... category=6
      ATI ..
      --I am not sure about this site, looks like an advertising troll. so their works fine quotes might not be that valuable, but at least it does show hardware options available !
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      Re: Gloria - COMPAQ PRESARIO 5660 (Not Supported)

      Postby mcurran on Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:36 pm

      Hello:

      I have figured out how to workaround the improper configuration of xorg.conf (Monitor, GPU, and DRI drivers) for my ancient PC, and get Helena (Linux Mint 8 ) up and running. I have decided to post this fix for anyone else having trouble with a similar system and the latest Linux Mint releases.

      1.) Boot Linux Mint .iso disk as usual.
      2.) Wait for configuration message stating that the input is not supported.
      3.) Press Ctrl + Alt + F1 to enter terminal/command prompt (repeat if necessary).
      4.) Type "sudo -s" and then press Enter to acquire root privileges.
      5.) Type "sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf" and then manually type in the appropriate configurations...
      [I have provided my xorg.conf file below]
      6.) When finished entering all of xorg.conf, press Ctrl + O and then hit Enter - Then press Ctrl + X to return to terminal session
      6.) Type "sudo killall --user mint" to reset XAuth* files
      7.) If the xserver session has not restarted, then type "sudo killall --user root," followed by "sudo startx".

      Here is my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file for reference:

      Section "Files"
      InputDevices "/dev/gpmdata"
      InputDevices "/dev/input/mice"
      EndSection

      Section "ServerFlags"
      Option "AllowMouseOpenFail" "on"
      Option "ZapWarning" "on"
      EndSection

      Section "Module"
      Load "dri"
      Load "dbe"
      Load "freetype"
      Load "extmod"
      Load "glx"
      Load "drm"
      EndSection

      Section "InputDevice"
      Driver "kbd"
      Identifier "Keyboard[0]"
      Option "Protocol" "Standard"
      Option "XkbLayout" "us"
      Option "XkbModel" "microsoftpro"
      Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
      EndSection

      Section "InputDevice"
      Driver "mouse"
      Identifier "Mouse[1]"
      Option "Buttons" "5"
      Option "Name" "PS2++ Logitech Wheel Mouse"
      Option "Protocol" "explorerps/2"
      Option "Vendor" "Sysp"
      Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
      EndSection

      Section "Monitor"
      DisplaySize 340 270
      HorizSync 30-80
      Identifier "Monitor[0]"
      Option "DPMS"
      Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768"
      VendorName "EPI"
      VertRefresh 43-75
      UseModes "Modes[0]"
      EndSection

      Section "Modes"
      Identifier "Modes[0]"
      Modeline "1280x1024" 135 1280 1296 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 -hsync -vsync
      EndSection

      Section "Screen"
      DefaultDepth 24
      SubSection "Display"
      Depth 24
      Modes "1024x768"
      EndSubSection
      SubSection "Display"
      Depth 16
      Modes "1024x768"
      EndSubSection
      Device "Device[0]"
      Identifier "Screen[0]"
      Monitor "Monitor[0]"
      EndSection

      Section "Device"
      BoardName "Mach64 LB"
      Driver "ati"
      Identifier "Device[0]"
      VendorName "ATI"
      Option "DMAMode" "async"
      Option "ForcePCIMode" "false"
      Option "AgpMode" "2"
      Option "AgpSize" "32"
      Option "BufferSize" "2"
      Option "LocalTextures" "true"
      EndSection

      Section "ServerLayout"
      Identifier "Layout[all]"
      InputDevice "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
      InputDevice "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
      Option "Clone" "off"
      Option "Xinerama" "off"
      Option "Screen[0]"
      EndSection

      Section "DRI"
      Group "video"
      Mode 0660
      EndSection

      Section "Extensions"
      EndSection
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