[TriLUG] slackware and S3 video drivers
Joseph Mack NA3T
jmack at wm7d.net
Sun May 28 11:32:15 EDT 2006
On Sun, 28 May 2006, stan briggs wrote:
> i'm thoroughly enjoying my slackware install though i'm still fighting
> the video. i've got an S3 Trio 3D card (yes, it's old) that install and
> run with the generic S3 drivers giving me the complete breadth of
> resolution up to, and including, 800x600. when, using xorgconfig, i
> specify the exact card (right down to the model number [86C365)) it
> tells me that the card is basically unsupported. can this be possible?
I've been running Slackware since the mid 90's and S3 cards
for much of this time all at 1024x768. Since I only run text
(xterms in a 9 window desktop), S3 cards have been fine with
Many drivers for older hardware were not carried through
after XF86-3.3.6. If you want to run that hardware, you need
3.3.6 and not XF86-4.x. I'm almost certain this includes S3,
as I haven't gone to XF86-4.x because of the hardware I
have, which includes several S3 cards.
Within the 3.3.6 code, unsupported could mean that you run
the generic VESA driver, rather than the driver for your
card. I remember setting my machines up as generically as
possible, so I didn't need different configs for the random
different video cards I use. In 3.3.6 there are drivers
which handle a large range of cards and you may just use one
of them, rather than a specific driver. This wouldn't be my
definition of "unsupported" though.
Joseph Mack NA3T EME(B,D), FM05lw North Carolina
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