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  1. #1

    Driver support for video and sound

    I have just installed SuSE on a Compaq Deskpro 400MHz and need help with setting up some of the devices. The video is PCI Cirrus Logic 5462, and will not display over 640 x 480 resolution. The device doesn't seem to be installed correctly, although if I go to hardware info it does give details on it. The screen has gone black a few times when doing a hardware search in Yast for example (and requires a reset) but other than that and the low resolution & refresh rate it displays correctly.
    The sound hasn't been installed correctly and doesn't appear in hardware info (it's ESS 1869). I'm a total newbie on linux, so I was wondering how to go about finding drivers for these devices and how to install them correctly.
    Are there any resources/references where I could get info/files?

  2. #2
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    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    Could you please run the following commands to gather some info? You need to run them as root, so if you aren't already root (which you shouldn't be anyway), run "su -" first to become root.
    grep Driver /etc/X11/XF86Config{,-4}
    grep sound /etc/modules.conf

  3. #3
    Here are the results:
    linux:/home/scott # grep Driver /etc/X11/XF86Config{,-4}
    /etc/X11/XF86Config:  Driver    "keyboard"
    /etc/X11/XF86Config:  Driver     "mouse"
    /etc/X11/XF86Config:  Driver    "cirrus"
    /etc/X11/XF86Config:  Driver    "fbdev"
    /etc/X11/XF86Config:  Driver    "vga"
    grep: /etc/X11/XF86Config-4: No such file or directory
    linux:/home/scott # lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge (rev 03)
    00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 05)
    00:0e.0 PCI bridge: Digital Equipment Corporation DECchip 21152 (rev 03)
    00:14.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
    00:14.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
    00:14.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
    02:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Cirrus Logic GD 5462 (rev 01)
    02:02.0 Display controller: Cirrus Logic GD 5462 (rev 01)
    linux:/home/scott # grep sound /etc/modules.conf
    # These aliases will be changed by YaST2 sound configurator.
    # take a look at the files on /usr/src/linux/Documentation/sound.
    alias sound off
    # remove this if sound is configured
    #alias sound-slot-1 nvaudio
    linux:/home/scott # lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
    isa-pnp                29672   0
    ipv6                  134388  -1  (autoclean)
    mousedev                4148   0  (unused)
    joydev                  5632   0  (unused)
    evdev                   4032   0  (unused)
    input                   3104   0  [mousedev joydev evdev]
    usb-uhci               22096   0  (unused)
    usbcore                57836   1  [usb-uhci]
    raw1394                14516   0  (unused)
    ieee1394               32880   0  [raw1394]
    af_packet              12392   1  (autoclean)
    e100                   49992   1
    nls_iso8859-1           2812   1  (autoclean)
    nls_cp437               4316   1  (autoclean)
    vfat                    9548   1  (autoclean)
    fat                    29752   0  (autoclean) [vfat]
    lvm-mod                65412   0  (autoclean)
    reiserfs              200532   1
    linux:/home/scott #

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  5. #4
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    Täby, Sweden
    OK, you're using the VGA driver, which explains why you can't get more than 640x480. Open /etc/X11/XF86Config with any text editor you like, find the line that reads 'Driver "vga"', and change it into 'Driver "cirrus"'. If that doesn't work, try 'Driver "vesa"' instead. Note that you shouldn't include the single quotes ('), just the double quotes (") around the driver name itself.

    Is the sound card a PCI or ISA card? If it's ISA, have you set to PNP mode, or do you have pre-assigned resources?

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