Speaking of Virtual PC 2004, let me tell you about a bit of a snaffu I had when trying to install Redhat 9 on VPC this weekend.

The initial installation went just fine. I was able to partition and format the drive, select the packages and install them with no problems at all. I even configured X as requested. Great!

And then, I rebooted. Imagine my surprise when after the system booted up and went into runlevel 5, the screen when nuts into a 1600 x 800 resolution or something like that as soon as X started up! And I had no color! And it was completely unreadable! This made no sense at all, since I had just configured the system to run at 800x600!

I checked XF86Config. All fine. I checked the docs; all seemed fine. Then I decided to rerun X setup, to see if I could fix it. Great, I couldn't, because on redhat, the only X configuration tool available runs under X itself, which of course, was completely screwed up.

Took me a while to figure out that what I had to do to get the X configuration utility to run again was to simply delete my /etc/X11/XF86Config file. Once I did that, I was able to run /usr/bin/redhat-config-xfree86, which defaulted to a standard driver which worked correctly, so I was able to fiddle around with the configuration again.

After a lot of restarting and changing modes and trying several settings with no avail, I finally discovered the problem: When the configuration tool probed the video card, it kept recognizing it as a S3 Trio64 card. However, when I looked on my WinXP virtual Machine I had installed earlier, it said "Trio32/64". I have no clue what exactly the difference is, but once I configured the card as Trio32 in linux, X worked fine again!

Tomas Restrepo

Software developer located in Colombia. Sr. PFE at Microsoft.