fonts disappeared

I’m using debian testing (lenny) and after the latest update my xserver no longer display fonts. This is not totally true because I can still see the fonts on gdm, but after logging in, no fonts whatsoever. It turns out the i810 Xorg driver is messed up and I have to set NoAccel to true to avoid it.

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Intel Corporation 82Q963/Q965 Integrated Graphics Controller"
        Driver          "i810"
        BusID           "PCI:0:2:0"
        Option          "NoAccel"       "true"
#       Option          "AccelMethod"           "EXA"
        Option          "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
EndSection

BTW I can use compiz without NoAccel before if I delete the device id from the blacklist in compiz start up script.

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Compiz-fusion, ATI Radeon 9100 and Debian

Repository:
Visit http://shame.tuxfamily.org/repo/
I use debian testing (lenny), compiz unstable repo. You need compiz-gnome (or compiz-kde). You might need compiz-manager if you want to make compiz your default window manager.

Related settings in xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R200 QM [Radeon 9100]"
        Driver          "ati"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"
        Option          "EnablePageFlip"  # may disable this.
        Option          "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
        Option          "Composite"             "Enable"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
        group   "video"
        mode    0660
EndSection

Ctrl-alt-backspace to restart X. Execute fusion-icon, switch to compiz. If it works, you may make it the default window manager:

  1. gconf-editor: /desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager/default , modify value to: /usr/bin/compiz-manager
  2. sudo vim /usr/bin/gnome-wm, near the end of the file, modify:
        openbox)
          OPT1=--sm-client-id
          OPT2=$SMID
          CURRENT=openbox
          ;;
        *)
          OPT1=--sm-client-id
          OPT2=$SMID
          ;;
      esac
    fi
  3. Modify /usr/bin/compiz-manager, change COMPIZ_NAME from “compiz” to “compiz.real”

Toshiba Portege 2000 and Debian

I wrote several posts about the Linux support on Toshiba Protege 2000.[1][2][3][4] Actually I’m still using this elegant laptop to write this article now. It turns out Ubuntu has done quite a impressive work to support laptops. After I installed Debian to replace Ubuntu, the function keys stopped working because no ACPI events will be generated by key pressing. I traced acpid, hal and toshiba-acpi module in kernel space trying to solve this, and finally I found out Ubuntu patched toshiba-acpi in their kernel to support Toshiba specific hotkeys. So, right now I’m putting the patch into my Debian kernel source and re-building it. We will see if it works later.

* Update:
The patch works.  Now my debian system could support every hotkey on Protege 2000.