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Debian Sarge on Compaq Proliant 1850R with PCI video card

Trey Perrin
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Debian Sarge on Compaq Proliant 1850R with PCI video card


I have several old Compaq Proliant 1850R servers that have add-on Matrox PCI video cards. Sarge installs with no problems, but the servers completely lock up (power cycle required) when attempting to start X. If I remove the PCI video cards, X starts, but the on board ATI video card can only display at 640x480. I have tried other PCI video cards (S3), all with the same result. Also, if I press the Caps Lock, Num Lock, keypad buttons, etc. the server totally locks up. Has anyone else run into this problem before?

John Collier
Esteemed Contributor

Re: Debian Sarge on Compaq Proliant 1850R with PCI video card

I'm sure this is going to be a stupid question since most people that can load and configure Linux are smarter than your average turnip {grin}, but have you double-checked the BIOS settings when you have your PCI video card plugged in?

This sounds way too basic, but it almost seems as if X-11 is getting confused on which display to use, which could very easily be due to the onboard video not being disabled when the add-on PCI cards are installed.

I wish I had enough experience with Debian to give you specific things to try beyond that, but my background is more in the FC and RH arena and with FC, I have had little to no problems with X-11 that I didn't cause myself.

But those are other stories...

Good luck to you and be sure to let us know the solution when it is found!
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