Dell Inspiron 1501 (Debian 9) Video Going All Crazy

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Dell Inspiron 1501 (Debian 9) Video Going All Crazy

Postby maximus1978 » 2017-10-29 14:25

Dell Inspiron 1501 Display Issue

The laptop display is going all crazy.
No terminal available either.

I was able to get in by setting the nomodeset manually in Grub.
Then I was able to edit /etc/default/grub

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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nomodeset"


Update grub with...

update-grub

lspci

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01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS482/RS485 [Radeon Xpress 1100/1150]

lwhw results with this for VGA

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*-display UNCLAIMED
                description: VGA compatible controller
                product: RS482/RS485 [Radeon Xpress 1100/1150]
                vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
                physical id: 5
                bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
                version: 00
                width: 32 bits
                clock: 66MHz
                capabilities: pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=66 mingnt=8
                resources: memory:c8000000-cfffffff ioport:9000(size=256) memory:c0100000-c010ffff memory:c0000-dffff


I still trying to configure the correct driver for this video card.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 (Debian 9) Video Going All Crazy

Postby debiman » 2017-10-31 06:31

"All crazy" is hardly a good problem description, but i see you've done due diligence.
are you saying it works (although probably in lo-res) with nomodeset?
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 (Debian 9) Video Going All Crazy

Postby maximus1978 » 2017-10-31 13:15

debiman wrote:"All crazy" is hardly a good problem description, but i see you've done due diligence.
are you saying it works (although probably in lo-res) with nomodeset?


Well when booting the screen goes rainbow colors vertical and horizontal. I have no control to even get to a terminal with CTRL ALT F1.

It is a low graphics mode. I will try to see if I can get the ATI driver working with the post that someone suggested.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 1501 (Debian 9) Video Going All Crazy

Postby stevepusser » 2017-10-31 19:44

ATI GPUs require non-free firmware for full functionality, this is not a new problem. Tob bad we can't get bots like Reddit to give the answer when ATI problems pop up in a thread.

Leaving the firmware out of the standard install is by intent because of Debian's stance on non-free software, but you can easily download and install the firmware-amd-graphics package, even without a net connection, from the link at the bottom of https://packages.debian.org/stretch/fir ... d-graphics
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