First Experience with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Ok… In a word no so good.
Started out real nice on the install and then when to heck…
My PC is what I call state of the art….
Gutsy seemed to load right up no problem…
This version so far…. Not so good…
I got the little square boxes starting out… Had to go System=>Preferences=>Visual Effects and set that to none.
That took car of the boxes…
Next on the agenda.. I’m at 640X480 resolution…. Need to work on that. First thread that looked promising on that front is:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=771810
Some of the posts are not looking too friendly…. Some one made a point that Gentoo was easier to configure….
One of post made suggestion was studying and understanding xorg.conf before messing with things.
I ran across this link that looked promising:http://www.linux.com/feature/118108
I thought I try the quick non-thinking fix….
I tried to run: sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
I didn’t seem to hurt anything, but didn’t help either…
From the article it looks like the following sections in xorg.conf need to be messed with:
Section “Device”
Identifier “Configured Video Device”
Option “UseFBDev” “true”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier “Configured Monitor”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Default Screen”
Monitor “Configured Monitor”
Device “Configured Video Device”
EndSection
I guess the first thing to figure out is what type of graphics card I have.
Seems like I should be able to figure this out without a resorting to looking at archival hardcopy, but this seems to get me there the fastest. I appears I have a Intel 82815 graphic controller.
Googling… I found this link which looks promising:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=731038
Actually this seems to be the place: I810
Learned something new here: lspci – list all PCI devices
Which tells me:
jonas@jonas-desktop:~$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82815 815 Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82815 Chipset Graphics Controller (CGC) (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM SMBus Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 01)
01:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8029(AS)
01:0a.0 Multimedia audio controller: Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97] (rev 08)
01:0d.0 Communication controller: Conexant HCF 56k Data/Fax/Voice/Spkp Modem (rev 08)
‘This is what I thought I had… It just confirms it..
I just ran across this link: http://www.intellinuxgraphics.org/man.html
I get the impression, this is going to be the hard way..
This seems to be something I can clone a bit:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=557566
Ok… This is really start not being fun….
I just booted a live  Gutsy session…  Resolution is fine….
I’m going to try pasting the contents of xorg.conf back into my regular session and see what happens:
# xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type “man xorg.conf” at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
#   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section “Files”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Generic Keyboard”
Driver        “kbd”
Option        “CoreKeyboard”
Option        “XkbRules”    “xorg”
Option        “XkbModel”    “pc105”
Option        “XkbLayout”    “us”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Configured Mouse”
Driver        “mouse”
Option        “CorePointer”
Option        “Device”        “/dev/input/mice”
Option        “Protocol”        “ImPS/2”
Option        “ZAxisMapping”        “4 5”
Option        “Emulate3Buttons”    “true”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver        “wacom”
Identifier    “stylus”
Option        “Device”    “/dev/input/wacom”
Option        “Type”        “stylus”
Option        “ForceDevice”    “ISDV4”        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver        “wacom”
Identifier    “eraser”
Option        “Device”    “/dev/input/wacom”
Option        “Type”        “eraser”
Option        “ForceDevice”    “ISDV4”        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
Driver        “wacom”
Identifier    “cursor”
Option        “Device”    “/dev/input/wacom”
Option        “Type”        “cursor”
Option        “ForceDevice”    “ISDV4”        # Tablet PC ONLY
EndSection

Section “Device”
Identifier    “Intel Corporation 82815 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller]”
Driver        “intel”
BusID        “PCI:0:2:0”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
Identifier    “Generic Monitor”
Option        “DPMS”
HorizSync    30-70
VertRefresh    50-160
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier    “Default Screen”
Device        “Intel Corporation 82815 CGC [Chipset Graphics Controller]”
Monitor        “Generic Monitor”
DefaultDepth    24
EndSection

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier    “Default Layout”
Screen        “Default Screen”
InputDevice    “Generic Keyboard”
InputDevice    “Configured Mouse”

# Uncomment if you have a wacom tablet
#    InputDevice     “stylus”    “SendCoreEvents”
#    InputDevice     “cursor”    “SendCoreEvents”
#    InputDevice     “eraser”    “SendCoreEvents”
EndSection

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