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I haven't heard anything good about the sis-written linux drivers for that chipset. Thomas Winischhofer (in the link the previous poster supplied) is the man who writes sis xfree drivers, and you should have much more luck with his stuff. I use it without problem. Only one thing - you won't get 3d acceleration to work, not until someone writes an xfree driver for the sis650 that supports DRI. Until then we must be content without!
Well, I did manage to solve the root problem here, which was XFree. I couldn't get it up and running with more than 8-bit graphics. I ran the XFree86 -Configure and let it detect everything. I then had to comment out the 8-bit portion and add a 'DefaultDepth' line of 16.
I thought I needed to install the driver (hence this thread), but it looks okay now.
BTW, I did look at Thomas' site before posting this thread. I copied his XFree config word for word and it didn't work for me.
and vasudevadas, you're right, we'll have to wait for a DRI option with SiS650. That's one reason I still keep my windows around.
If you took the example XF86Config-4 file from the Winischhofer site and copied it word for word, it doesn't surprise me that it doesn't work. You'll have to modify it a bit. If you like, when I get home from work I'll post my XFree config file here, I use an sis650 too and mine should take less tweaking in order to make it work - basically only the monitor settings should be different (unless you use a laptop at 1024x768, in which case they'll be the same). Would that be useful to you?