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Dell Dimension 2350 video
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PostPosted: Tue 06 Nov 2007, 17:11    Post_subject:  Dell Dimension 2350 video
Sub_title: video cant be changed onboard, or pci video card causes kernel panic

Hi all,got this dell dimension 2350 2.0 celeron 384 ram with onoard video the problem is with onboard video I can only use xvesa but at lowest size 640x480 16. So I figure well just add a video card,another snag no place in bios to turn off onboard video.I however found bios was A00 & info about A02 which allows the o/b video to be turned off.This machine has a PCI card, at this point tried to boot puppy 3.01 & get a kernel panic.From there I started trying other puppy distros I have 2.02,2.11,2.13,2.14, 2.15ce, 2.17 either it would lock up or I get kernel panic. Sad
I then try other live linux distro cd's all failed as well,so at this point I figure maybe go back 1 version on the bios so I backdate to A01 & experience the same result.For another test swapped out hd which had same result. Just so I am clear here I am able to boot into xp & video adapts to new card which I tried 2 different brand cards ATI & Matrox. While in windoz I deleted the saved puppy files but still get kernel panic.

For the heck of it I try pup 108 & it boots fine & able to adjust video settings in xvesa.
This 200 GB HD has NTFS, EXT2, EXT3 & a 588 swap.

If I want to use linux I have to use the onboard video,other linux distro's allow me to change video size to the 1200x800 where as ver 2 or 3 of puppy wont.

Personally I think it is a Dell bios thing but I am not sure or experienced enough.

So what are my options ??
If I use onboard video card but how do I adjust video resolution to a higher one,xorg doesnt find anything while boot up or while in puppy.
Is there something I am missing, bios has very little in it to choose from..

BTW these 2 video cards work in a HP with onboard video machine while using pci video card. Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun 06 Jul 2008, 10:07    Post_subject: Problem confirmed... :-(  

I have tested Puppy 4.0 on a Dell Dimension 2350.

Xorg fails (screen can't display the video settings). Xvesa runs but only with resolution 640x480 16.

Anyone who have succeeded using Xorg with dell dimension 2350?
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