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  1. #1

    Video Driver S3G UniChrome

    Hey guys, this is my first post here and I'm hoping you can help!

    Here's my situation. I've got a gateway MX3231 with a 14.1" widescreen monitor. It also has the VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP video card.

    The first problem i had was the resolution. I was unsuccessful at installing the S3G Driver (which is what i hope you guys can help me with) so I found a solution to force VESA to do 1280x768:

    Add the following to your Monitor Section of your xorg.conf file:

    ModeLine "1280x768" 87.04 1280 1376 1488 1800 768 771 777 806

    Now that I'm running at 1280x768, I want to continue to try to install the correct video driver. I downloaded this driver (CN700, as lspci says):

    To install, since it isn't distro specific (source?), I use the readme and do the following:

    Make sure you have the kernel sources installed in /usr/src/. For example, if your kernel version is 2.4.18-3, then there would be /usr/src/linux-2.4.18-3 in your system.
    Copy viafb to any directory, and then following below steps:
    Step 1: change to viafb directory
    # cd viafb/
    Step 2: Clear all object file.
    # make clean
    Step 3: Make source code
    # make
    Note that if no any error, this step will be produced an object file "viafb.o".
    Step 4: Install viafb.o framebuffer driver
    # make install

    Then i do a modprobe viafb. When I do so, I notice in lsmod these two lines addded:
    viafb 116800 0 (unused)
    fbgen 2884 0 [viafb]

    Now, I edit my xorg.conf file and change the driver from vesa to via
    so it looks like this:

    # Any number of graphics device sections may be present

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "VESA Framebuffer"
    Driver "via"
    #VideoRam 4096
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate

    Now, when I do a startx I get a fatal server error: No Screen Found
    Any idea where to go from here? I'm using Slack11. Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Post the results of this:
    grep EE /var/log/Xorg.0.log

    Also I wonder why you changed your xorg.conf to use via driver if the driver you built was viafb?

  3. #3
    First off, hi, and thanks for replying.

    I tried like you suggested and used is the error I recieve (using grep EE):

    (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (EE) Failed to load module "viafb" (module does not exist, 0)
    (EE) No drivers available.

    When I use via, I get this error (using grep EE):

    	(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
    (II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
    (EE) No devices detected.

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  5. #4
    didn't work=(

  6. #5
    Did it not work because I did something wrong? Or it's a bad driver?

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