No xorg.conf

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No xorg.conf

Postby vaikz » 2009-08-02 08:12

Hi, just install Debian lenny on my PC w/ Intel graphics. I only install the standard system and install later the xorg, gnome-core, gdm and other stuff I need. I skipped installing the desktop environments. Everything went well and then then try to check xorg.conf, empty. When I run tuxracer to check my fps, it only gives me 10fps. How can I resolve this? when I'm still using Jaunty, I upgrade my kernel to 2.6.30 and it solves my problem with my driver.

1. How can I check if Im using a correct driver? Is there a way to install the driver?
2. I'm planning to upgrade to squeeze, Is the kernel will be upgraded also? like 2.6.29/2.630?
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Re: No xorg.conf

Postby massysett » 2009-08-02 13:00

No Xorg.conf is now normal; X can now configure itself. You can still write the Xorg.conf if you want though.

To see what video driver you've currently got, look around in /var/log/Xorg.0.log for "Video". At some point you will find something about a "Module" which will show you what video driver you have. To switch drivers, you can create an Xorg.conf which loads the driver you want.

To check on the kernel in squeeze, go to You can search on "linux-image" and see what versions are currently in squeeze.
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Re: No xorg.conf

Postby craigevil » 2009-08-02 18:59

You shouldn't need much in xorg.conf, all I have is

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Section "ServerFlags"
         Option    "AllowMouseOpenFail"   "true"
         Option          "DontZap"              "off"

Section "Device"
   Identifier   "Configured Video Device"
        Driver          "intel"
        Option "AccelMethod" "UXA"
        Option "MigrationHeuristic" "smart"

Section "Module"
   Load   "dbe"
   Load   "dri"
   Load   "extmod"
   Load   "glx"
   Load   "bitmap"
   Load   "record"
Section "DRI"
   Mode   0666

You probably need EXA.

Graphics: Card Intel 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller X.Org 1.6.3 Res: 1280x1024@60.0hz
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 915G GEM 20090712 2009Q2 RC3 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.4 Mesa 7.5.1 Direct Rendering Yes
Installed: 2:2.8.0-2
Candidate: 2:2.8.0-2

This is on sid, so EXA should work OK in lenny.
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Re: No xorg.conf

Postby superstubby » 2009-08-03 03:21

You can have X generate a xorg.conf file for you.

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sudo Xorg -configure

From the man page:
When this option is specified, the Xorg server loads all video driver modules, probes for available hardware, and writes out an
initial xorg.conf(5) file based on what was detected. This option currently has some problems on some platforms, but in most
cases it is a good way to bootstrap the configuration process. This option is only available when the server is run as root
(i.e, with real-uid 0).

I believe that it writes it to in the current working directory. I seem to remember that it tells you where it writes it and what the file name is. All you should have to do is cp it to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and restart X.

As to your TuxRacer problem, I don't think the onboard graphics card has enough juice to handle all the 3D rendering. I have an old dell on which it is completely unplayable (Intel 865 graphics). I've read some recently about the Intel graphics drivers being a little broken. Apparently, there has been a fair amount of work on them recently. Check out this article posted on
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Re: No xorg.conf

Postby vaikz » 2009-08-03 12:55

Thanks for all the reply guys.

Yup I notice also that most of the distro right now dont generate xorg.conf but I just want to make sure about it.

For my video card, I dont expect much on each 3d accelearation, I just want at least a slight of it. But I already tried jaunty and upgrade the kernel to the latest seems to improve on my video.
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