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 Post subject: Funny story with new AMD driver and Virtualbox...
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:18 am 
TravBv2.0
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I was playing around with a Virtualbox VM running Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 LTS, but under basic drivers, I couldn't get a resolution larger than 800x600. I figured I should get proper drivers for my video card, an HD4870. Seeing as to how I awoke this morning to headlines on lxer.org saying how AMD's 9.1 Radeon drivers are chocked full of good Linux support, I decided to download that one.

I downloaded it to my desktop, opened up a terminal, and

sudo sh ./(atidriver)

my root password, and I was rolling. It unompressed the package, checked archive integrity, and finally opened up ATI's driver installation window. Low and behold, it was too large for me to resize it to fit on my screen. I couldn't click "OK" to continue the driver installation because I couldn't see the OK button! Trying to tab to it didn't work either.

That's when I realized it. Since I'm running this in a virtual machine, it can't see even see my video card anyway. Hell, it can't see any of my hardware. It thinks my TrendNet wireless card with a Marvell chipset is an onboard Intel ethernet controller. That was my retarded moment of the day. Thought it was funny, and someone would get a laugh. My girlfriend didn't get it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:22 pm 
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"Devices -> Install Guest Additions" should do the trick


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:31 pm 
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...just be glad you didn't get it installed :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:40 pm 
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Actually, I need something that will run at native resolution (1680x1050). I can get Debian Etch up to 1280x1024, and Ubuntu Hardy LTS up to 800x600. Is it just a matter of putting the option in my /etc/X11/xorg.conf?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:28 pm 
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If it's anywhere, it'd be in hardy, so have you installed the guest tools?

Never really used Virtualbox, but I'd think there'd be something you can set there, as my first instinct tells me that X in Hardy is just seeing the maximum it can do.

I suppose as an experiment, you can take your monitor settings from Deb and put them into Hardy and see if that solves anything.


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