Stephen Gran on 14 Jan 2009 04:09:08 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Changing the video card in an Ubuntu workstation

On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 11:43:18PM -0500, Eric said:
> What is the scenario for Ubuntu 8.10? (Since there is no "device 
> manager", no "generic SVGA driver", no runlevel 3, and no Sax2)

mv /etx/X11/xorg.conf /etx/X11/xorg.conf.$(date +%Y%m%d%H%m%S)
(make sure you don't have an old XF86Config or something lying around)

switch cards, boot machine

Relax and enjoy your new card.

Modern xorg can figure out a basic configuration for you on it's own and
doesn't need an xorg.conf unless you want to do something interesting
like multihead or preallocate an oversize screen (for, eg,  hotplugging
external monitors).  If the new card you're plugging in needs a
proprietary driver to work, you'll of course have to install that at
some point in the above procedure, but if it's a standard card supported
by free drivers, you should be set.

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