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dCore Graphic Servers and Drivers

The following sections discuss dCore graphic servers and drivers. Refer to the dcore X Window System page and the Essential dCore README links to get a graphic system up and running.

dCore Xvesa Installation

The Xvesa graphic server, also known as the tiny X server, and it's associated VESA driver is included in some dCorePlus-*.iso downloads but will slowly be phased out. To install Xvesa run sce-import -b Xvesa (capital x). Xvesa should not be confused with's 'xorg-vesa' driver. The Xvesa server is a lighter, older alternative to As the Xvesa link indicates, it should only be used in trusted environments.

Similar to running Xvesa in Tiny Core, specific boot codes may be used to set desired screen resolution. For reference, review boot codes explained and Tiny Core boot codes, especially vga=*. Reboot and test system graphics.

Noted 1024×768 appears to be the maximum resolution available and some Window Managers or Desktop Environments no longer work with Xvesa. For example, FLWM worked fine but LXDE did not work at all. Ensure Xvesa, Xprogs and the preferred Window Manager is listed in sceboot.lst, but not any of the xorg-* extensions.

Upon first run if graphic resolution is poor, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to exit to TTY, run, choose desired screen resolution and mouse, enter startx to restart Xvesa session. If the scroll mouse does not work, try appending ',5' (comma five) in the first ~/.xsession line, as below. If Xvesa resolution is still not adequate or it does not work with the desired Window Manager, remove Xvesa and install either xorg-all or a more specific xorg-* extension.

/usr/local/bin/Xvesa -br -screen 1024x768x24 -shadow -mouse /dev/psaux,5 -nolisten tcp -I >/dev/null 2>&1 &

dCore Xorg-all Driver Installation

All xorg-* drivers are based on The xorg-all extension is convenient for initial system setup if uncertain regarding graphic hardware. The driver must be installed to load onboot and a system reboot after installation is required for proper testing.

dCore Xorg-<specific> Driver Installation

As most systems require only a single graphic driver (eg. Intel, NVidia), installation of the specific driver vs xorg-all is preferred if familiar with the graphic hardware. The driver must be installed to load onboot and a system reboot after installation is required for proper testing. Basic steps to identify hardware and install the correct video driver:

Although not fully resolved, there is a dCore forum thread on proprietary NVidia drivers.

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dCore Graphic Notes

Additional notes that may help set up a graphic system. Setting up graphics in dCore is similar to getting graphics running from most any other minimal Linux installation. As such a large variety of hardware is available and packages vary between dCore flavours (ie. older/newer Debian vs Ubuntu packages), internet searching for missing packages or configuration may sometimes be required. Post on the forum if unable to get dCore graphics running properly.

dCore xorg.conf Example

If an xorg.conf file is required to obtain proper graphic resolution:

Hardware-specific settings

Intel i810

xorg.conf file for an old Intel i810 graphics system in dCore-xenial:

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier     "Monitor0"
	HorizSync      28.0 - 96.0
  	VertRefresh    50.0 - 75.0
    	Option         "DPMS"

Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "NoAccel"   "true"         	# [<bool>]
        #Option     "SWcursor"           	# [<bool>]
        #Option     "ColorKey"           	# <i>
        #Option     "CacheLines"          	# <i>
        #Option     "Dac6Bit"            	# [<bool>]
        Option      "DRI"  	"false"         # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoDDC"              	# [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShowCache"          	# [<bool>]
        #Option     "XvMCSurfaces"       	# <i>
        #Option     "PageFlip"           	# [<bool>]
	Identifier  "Card0"
	Driver      "intel"
	BusID       "PCI:0:1:0"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier   "Screen0"
	Device       "Card0"
	Monitor      "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth 16
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth 16
		#Modes "1024x768"
		Modes  "1280x800"

Intel 855GM

Various issues with this card could be overcome by adding “acpi_backlight=vendor” to the boot stanza. See the respective forum thread for additional information and pointers.

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