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If this isn't working, is Fedora/Linux for me?

asked 2012-03-25 17:35:12 -0500

Dewsong gravatar image

updated 2012-03-26 15:06:31 -0500

I am having issues with both my Ati graphics card drivers and my monitor resolution.

With the monitor as per the recommendations within another "help" page I have tried this: (after getting $ cvt 1920 1080) $ xrandr --newmode "1920x1080_60" 173.00 1920 2048 2248 2576 1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync


$ xrandr --addmode default "1920x1080_60"

This does place another option within the KDE system settings "Display and Monitor" despite konsole returning with:

xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default

(after both/each inputs)

I know for a fact that my actual monitor supports this resolution, but when I select the option (mode) within the KDE "Display and Monitor" interface, it simply reverts to 1620x1050 (0.0hz) which is funny as it implies at face value that the monitor does not refresh - ever. However here I am sitting at my computer looking at every second line of text being blurred and circles that resemble ovals with a screen that refreshes at some unknown rate. I have tried inputting gamma values, this stops konsole from returning "Aaah gamma fail" but does not change anything else.

The Ati drivers are another matter, I installed (attempted to) the proprietary drivers and was expecting a particular error as per several wiki/help pages I read. However I had another error, and in a fit of mostly blind rage with a little voice calling "Walk away, just walk away..." I promptly lost and/or forgot the location of the error log file. That is my fault entirely, and if anyone can suggest the /.../... location of said error file, I will humbly accept the help and present it for interpretation by someone who has a definite clue.

I am two days (about 6hrs actual time + ~12hrs reading man/tutorials) into my first linux foray, and I'm both impressed and depressed by it. I have had no previous programming/Bash experience, and I find it seemingly powerful but inevitably impotent. Of course it isn't intuitive, I don't mind that, but surely well followed instruction should yield a result?

Ah, thank you for the link. My graphics card is unsupported, a HD 7750.

I realize after playing around with the monitor I bought that there is a specific driver required for it even for Windows. Not a plug and play. Not a simple screen. My monitor is (as far as I can tell) unsupported.

Looks like I will have to stick to Windows - for now. I hope in future I will be able to use a linux desktop for development as this is my only computer.

Is there another distro that is more suited to simple interfacing, that would be effective and reasonably accessible to someone wishing to take the time to learn linux/bash etc without the extra bells and whistles of a full-blown desktop interface?

Unfortunately, at this stage I can afford no extra expense.

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My only other suggestion would be to run Fedora in Virtualbox

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2012-03-26 16:19:27 -0500 )edit

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answered 2012-03-26 08:41:00 -0500

It sounds as if your problem is with incompatible hardware. Please identify which ATI card and your monitor you have and update your post.

No OS is free of this sort of problem and my advice is for you to replace your ATI card with one known compatible with Linux.

Here is a compatibility list for ATI

You can often find inexpensive, older graphics cards on ebay or similar.

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