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configure X with matrox g400

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I've installed redhat 6.0, and I'm trying to configure x windows with my g400.
Can anybody help me?
Do I need the new version of xserver?
Can I configure my workstation to work like a SVGA without getting anything more?
Please help me...
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I think you might need a later version of the X server for a G400. What happens if you set it up to use the SVGA server?
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X starts with a resolutions of 100x80, or something like this....
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The newer versions of Xfree86 include the best support for Matrox cards, including the G400.

Version 3.3.6 - support G400
Version 4.0 - includes OpenGL

My suggestion would be to upgrade or else you won't be able to take advantage of the video card you have within Linux. If all you need is to configure it to display X, then use 3.3.6 because it is more stable than 4, but if you want to play games then 4 will be your best choice.

Also, if you buy a newer version of RedHat, it'll come with the latest version of Xfree86, although this is a more expensive option, it's much easier to configure.

Hope this helps,
Jowei
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joweilee,

This tendancy that you have of "proposing answers" that are simply a restatement of a previous comment is getting really old. You've been doing this in a lot of topic areas, and you aren't adding anthing new to the question, only pirating someone else's comments. Since you are a relative "newbie" I'll refrain from making an official complaint if you stop doing this and change your proposed answer to a comment.
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On to the business at hand.... I assume you mean that regardless of what resolution you ask for that you only get really low res displays. If that assumption is correct then I believe you do need a later version of XFree86. On an RH 6.0 system, I'd suggest that you limit yourself to the 3.3.6 version. The 4.0 version is still not classed as "current stable" and is really more of a release candidate.

Alternatively, you might want to consider a "fork lift" upgrade to RH 6.2. I think it's far, far, better than 6.0 and will support the G400 "out of the box" (and you get all the other upgraded stuff at the same time).
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I've installed rh 6.2.
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