Feb 27 2009

Linux Graphic Mode Installation Crash

Published by at 12:58 pm under Linux,Misc

Packard Bell Easynote E6100

Graphic cards aren’t always detected by Linux. This can be a problem as many distributions only support graphic mode installation type, like Ubuntu, Fedora or Debian.
This is the case of my Packard Bell Easynote E6100 and its onboard Via Unichrome card freezing on graphic mode startup.

One solution is to run the installation in text mode. Xubuntu 8.10 alternate has this feature and offers Xfce, a very light desktop environment, ideal for older laptops.

Generic Driver Configuration

We still get an X session crash at first boot.
The last option is to boot in recovery mode, and select “Drop to root shell prompt”. Replace /etc/X11/xorg.conf with this file, which makes reference to the generic Vesa driver:

Section "Files"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Generic Keyboard"
	Driver		"kbd"
	Option		"CoreKeyboard"
	Option		"XkbRules"	"xorg"
	Option		"XkbModel"	"pc105"
	Option		"XkbLayout"	"gb"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
	Driver		"mouse"
	Option		"CorePointer"
	Option		"Device"		"/dev/input/mice"
	Option		"Protocol"		"ImPS/2"
	Option		"ZAxisMapping"		"4 5"
	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"

Section "Device"
	Identifier	"Generic Video Card"
	Driver		"vesa"
	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"Generic Monitor"
	Option		"DPMS"
	HorizSync	30-70
	VertRefresh	50-160

Section "Screen"
	Identifier	"Default Screen"
	Device		"Generic Video Card"
	Monitor		"Generic Monitor"
	DefaultDepth	24

Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier	"Default Layout"
	Screen		"Default Screen"
	InputDevice	"Generic Keyboard"
	InputDevice	"Configured Mouse"


This driver being generic, it is of course better to use the appropriate driver to get the most of your graphic card. In the meantime, this will sort you out and let you run Linux in your favourite desktop environment.

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  1. Markon 18 May 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you – THANK YOU!

    I was going crazy editing my xorg.conf file with every kind of option – but you got me sorted. I am only using the E6100 as an editor/browser – so no high end graphics demanded – so your fix suits me down to the ground.

    Cheers again – Mark

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