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Old 11-16-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Asus X5DC/K50C graphics driver


Hi everyone

I am completely new to linux, and finally got around to installing it on my laptop after W7 died and I lost the install disc (already!).

I've found this blog with a driver for the graphics card (SiS onboard) but have no idea how to install it, not even where to start!!

Would anyone be able to help please?

Thanks, hanryo
 
Old 11-16-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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Hello hanryo, welcome to LQ,

in that blog the whole thing is explained....
But before doing this would you please post the output of the commands "lspci" and "lsmod". So we can see which hardware you have and which modules are already loaded.

Markus
 
Old 11-16-2010, 06:39 PM   #3
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The blog author gives verbatim command lines! You're only required to copy and paste off the blog post! You know how to do that! I have faith in you. If you want to generate /etc/xorg.conf, open a terminal and type sudo /sbin/init 3, wait, when you get a text terminal screen, type sudo X -config. To get back into graphical mode, type sudo /sbin/init 5. Then follow the blog post. When you get done it shout work.
 
Old 11-17-2010, 10:58 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help, guys, I have to apologise in advance!

Output of lspci:
Quote:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
00:1f.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
Output of lsmod:
Quote:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 671MX
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS AGP Port (virtual PCI-to-PCI bridge)
00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS968 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 01)
00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev 01)
00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f)
00:03.3 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller
00:05.0 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SATA Controller / IDE mode (rev 03)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:07.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
00:0f.0 Audio device: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] Azalia Audio Controller
00:1f.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] PCI-to-PCI bridge
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
It's confusing for me because I understand vb a little, so this is completely new to me, I just have to learn what means what...

This is what I get when entering tar xjf Asusx5dc-ubuntu10.04-sis671-32bit.tar.bz2:
Quote:
tar (child): Asusx5dc-ubuntu10.04-sis671-32bit.tar.bz2: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar (child): Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
Could you tell me if I need to download/unpack the tar somewhere different, or...? And maybe what the commands actually mean (i.e. sudo, etc)
 
Old 11-17-2010, 11:07 AM   #5
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Make sure you're in the right place, where you downloaded Asusx5dc-ubuntu10.04-sis671-32bit.tar.bz2 to (Desktop, Downloads?). If not, change to that directory:
Code:
cd Downloads
then:
Code:
tar xvf Asusx5dc-ubuntu10.04-sis671-32bit.tar.bz2
There might be a README and/or INSTALL in the resulting directory giving further instructions.
 
Old 11-17-2010, 01:38 PM   #6
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Ok, so I just managed (I think) to install everything, rebooted, and it would only boot with the command line. So I've completely reinstalled, and have no idea where to go from here!!

I've copied the files across now but not sure where to go with the xorg.conf file... I've downloaded the one that the blog advises and have copied that too to the relevant folder.

I know this sounds a really simple question, but the

echo blacklist vga16fb > /etc/modprobe.d/backlist-vga16fb.conf
update-initramfs -u

has to go into terminal, right?
 
Old 11-17-2010, 02:09 PM   #7
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Hi hanryo,
Quote:
Originally Posted by hanryo View Post
...echo blacklist vga16fb > /etc/modprobe.d/backlist-vga16fb.conf
update-initramfs -u
has to go into terminal, right?
yes, the first line only means to add the module for vga16fb (VGA Framebufferdriver) to the blacklist which resides in /etc/modprobe.d. This means that this module will not be loaded when the x-server starts.
You may as well look into this directory and find out how other modules are blacklisted.
The second line updates your initrd.

Markus

EDIT: the xorg.conf file is in "/etc/X11", but look if there is any, most distros nowadays come without a xorg.conf.

Last edited by markush; 11-17-2010 at 02:11 PM. Reason: added an explanation
 
Old 11-17-2010, 02:31 PM   #8
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Ok well thank you for all of your help, I am giving up because once again just rebooted into command line, I have no idea if there's anything I need to do there, so I'm sure I can live with 800*600. I might call my computer store and ask them to do it for me.

Once again, thank you all
 
Old 03-29-2011, 08:21 AM   #9
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Everyone who is willing to have LINUX on their system should really avoid ASUS K50C computers with SYS graphic card. I've went through all the process written in that blog and results are still not like they should be. Thats why I'm still on windows XP even if I don't like them at all. Be careful, check your computers hardware before buying!
 
Old 03-29-2011, 10:19 AM   #10
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Hello withoutnick, welcome to LQ,

if you are not only spamming in this forum, it would be nice if you could share your experiences and describe your problems and trials in a more elaborate way. Also it would be better to open your own thread with this theme.

Markus
 
  


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