Changing to different video card properly

Kam Leo kam.leo at
Mon Jun 4 16:47:50 UTC 2007

On 6/4/07, Christopher Mocock <chris at> wrote:
> Barry Yu wrote:
> > FC6 - Every time I changed from a video card to a different one I always
> > got problem mainly the X server won't start, when removed xorg.conf
> > filel and restartx sometimes it will auto detect the new card but not
> > every time.
> > What is the the proper procedure to switch to a new video card?
> > Especially the new one is a dual head ATI X1300 chip.
> > What is the difference between X -config and system-config-display
> I switched from an ATI card to an Nvidia last week on FC6 and it worked
> fine. Xorg detected the change and switched to the non-accelerated nv
> driver. I then went to Nvidia's site, grabbed the driver, had to mess
> around with xorg.conf for a while to get acceleration working properly,
> but all in all it only took about 45 minutes.
> I can understand your wariness though, I've had big problems in the
> past, but I think Xorg is a lot more intelligent at defaulting to a
> sensible config these days. Still, Benjamin Lewis' advice is worth taking.
> Chris.

If you know that you are going to change the card download the driver
software before you make the change. After the hardware change boot to
runlevel 3, install the drivers, and run "system-config-display

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