Tutorial: HOWTO: Configure Volari XGI Z9 Video Card in Ubuntu 9.04 Linux for Roboard

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    HOWTO: Configure Volari XGI Z9 Video Card in Ubuntu 9.04 Linux for Roboard

    As easy as reading an article about technology - accessible to anyone!
    Estimated Time
    Expect to spend 15 minutes to complete this tutorial.
    Skills Required
    No skills required... ok you have to know how read!
    Parts Required
    A Roboard running Ubuntu 9.04 with a Volari XGI Z9 mini-PCI video card installed
    Tools Required
    1 Keyboard
    1 Monitor
    1 Mouse

    So you've got a Roboard running Ubuntu 9.04... Great! Now what? More than likely, the first thing you've noticed is that you cannot use the Ubuntu GUI controls to customize the graphics resolution to match your monitor. In addition, Ubuntu 9.04 text files used to configure your display might look vague or unfamiliar to you. In this tutorial, we will easily edit the text file used at startup to correctly match your monitor to your graphics card.


    I. Power up Roboard and log into Ubuntu
    II. Open text file and insert Volari XGI Z9 settings
    III. Save text file and exit
    IV. Reboot Roboard to test results

    Let's Begin:

    Power up your Roboard and log into Ubuntu on it, and open a Terminal window:

    You will need to edit the text file used to configure your video display. Type:

    sudo nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    and then press ENTER

    and then supply your password in order to modify this file using admin rights:

    You will now see xorg.conf opened for editing from within the nano text editor:

    Pressing "Page Down" once will show you the default Ubuntu configuration information for your installation:

    We will need to modify these sections so that Ubuntu can correctly detect and use your video card.

    Modify the "Device" section by adding the lines shown above. The spaces between arguments on each line are tabs.

    Above are the additional settings for Monitor and Screen sections. You may want to set the default resolution and bit depth to match your monitor or personal preferences.

    And last here are the Server Layout, and DRI (The Direct Rendering Interface) sections. The latter two sections will need to be added to the config file as shown above. To save the updated file and exit the editor, Press "Ctrl-X":

    The nano text editor will ask you to confirm the updates. Press "Y" and then Press ENTER. The nano editor will save the file and exit.

    That's it - you're done! To see your changes take effect, type:

    sudo reboot

    and then press ENTER to restart your Roboard. In this tutorial, the default screen resolution and bit depth are 1280x1024 and 24-bits, respectively. The Volari XGI card supports up to 1600x1200 @ 24-bits, so setting the default to match your monitor should work in all but the most extreme cases. Good Luck!
    Attached Files
    • cfg_video2
    • cfg_video3
    • cfg_video4
    • cfg_video5
    • cfg_video6
    • cfg_video7
    • cfg_video8
    • cfg_video9
    • cfg_video10
    • cfg_video11