On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 8:20 PM, Lisa Muir <34.24.34 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My chosen platform for this is debain-testing
Might be wise to change your sources to lenny, the deep freeze is on
the way and if you wish to stay on a stable platform, you should
> xorgcfg might be the tool I need to probe the card and get its
> details, but it didn't come down with that package, and an apt-cache
> search didn't throw up any possibilities of getting it.
This has been a goal for the X developers for a long time, They wanted
to get away from configuration hassle and changing hardware. So now
modern distros do not generate a xorg.conf file anymore, it is taken
care of when X boots up.
> Can anybody recommend the simpliest way for me to probe the video card
> for its details? Preferably using tools that I can pull using apt-get,
> but at this stage I'll settle for the next best!
Xorg.log is your best bet, it will show what is probed. Now depending
on video cards, ati/nvidia also have nice utilities but since you said
oldish hardware, i guess you might be out of luck.
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