I just had to configure a Matrox Graphics MGA G200 AGP on a very old computer installed with Xubuntu 12.04. The Graphic card is not automatically detected and Xorg Linux server automatically runs X without generating any config in /etc/X11/xorg.conf after Xubuntu install. By default Linux uses the VESA driver for running X, the problem with VESA is it is very slow in videos and is only good for text reading and simple browsing. For watching video and Youtube, one needs to install the custom Video card driver on this host the Video card was identifying in lpsci as:
- Tldr; VGA passthrough seems fully functional and stable with either Win7 or Win8.1 UNTIL I attempt to install the AMD video drivers into the Guest OS. Almost immediately the VM will hang and at the same time my Host OS hangs as well.
- In deb package repositories, there is a special xorg MGA driver suited to run MGA cards, thus to use it I had to first install it with: [email protected]:~# apt-get install --yes xserver-xorg-video-mga For allowing card to normally watch movies – you have to have installed a special video driver which.
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[email protected]:~$ lspci grep -i matrox
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Graphics, Inc. MGA G200 AGP (rev 03)
In deb package repositories, there is a special xorg MGA driver suited to run MGA cards, thus to use it I had to first install it with:
[email protected]:~# apt-get install --yes xserver-xorg-video-mga
For allowing card to normally watch movies – you have to have installed a special video driver which is to be lated built from source:
Enabling higher resolutions on Matrox G200eW Recently we bought 5 DELL PowerEdge T110 servers to deploy to customers. After installing Windows XP on the PERC S100 RAID (more on that in a future post) I had to look for a driver for the graphics card.
There is also special program to test if MGA video driver is installed and work correctly mga_vid_test. To have it installed and use it you have to be running on 2.6.x Linux kernel cause it is a bit of old software plus it is necessary to have installed mga-vid-common i.e.:
[email protected]:~# apt-get install --yes mga-vid-common
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I did a quick research online for other people who faced similar problem and found in Ubuntu Forums the following MGA G200 recommended xorg.conf
Below config was little modified by me as by default it was configured to run in 1280×1024 in 24 bit depth color. Usually 24 bit color is high for old cards, plus the resolution of 1280 seemed quite high for this piece of old iron, so I decided to use the better suiting old computers 1024×768 in 16 bit color depth.
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