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I am a newbie to linux and just installed Slackware 9.0 on an old P100 Intergraph. It has a proprietary Intergraph vid card G91 that I have found to possibly be the Diamond Viper Pro Video Weitek P9100. x10 gives fatal error 104 if I try to boot with 16-bit color.
When I did find the card in the list it basically says that it is unsupported and that a VGA driver will be used. Why?
My x86 configs:
hsync: monitor that can do 1280x1024@60Hz
video card: 207
memory: 4 MB
color depth: 16-bit
Since this didn't work, I setup x86 with generic VGA and it boots fine.
If this really is a Weitek 9100 based card, I'm sorry to say that at this point it is not supported under XFree86 4.x versions. It is supported under XFree86 3.3.6, but that does not come with Slack 9. You might want to confirm that the video is Weitek 9100 based, by looking at the output of lspci. If it is, your alternatives are to use a generic setup like the one you have now (or possibly using the VESA framebuffer, if that will work), to download, compile, and install XFree86 3.3.6, or to try to acquire another old video card that will work in your computer (PCI slots?). If you can get the VESA framebuffer driver to work, that would probably be the simplest solution to get decent resolution and color depth. This solution, like the one you are using now, will not give you any kind of accelerated video, but it might be workable.
You can run XFree86 with some unsupported video cards by using either
depending on the card's level of VESA compliance. Unfortunately there are a lot of cards, even recent ones, that aren't compliant enough for this to work. If it does happen to work with a card, it is a way to get decent unaccelerated video. If you get XFree86 3.3.6 installed correctly however, it will give you accelerated video with this chipset. I have a machine set up at work with XFree86 3.3.6 because the chipset version is very poorly supported in XFree86 4.x, or at least was the last time I checked.
Ok, thanks. Now I now what VESA is. You mentioned installing XFree86 3.3.6 on top of 4.x. Is that all there is to the installation? Does the installation overwrite the correct files in a way that when I type "xf86config" it refers to the 3.3.6 release, not the original installation of 4.x? I first removed all the 4.x packages and then installed the 3.3.6 packages but couldn't get "xf86config" to launch, now I am back to the beginning again adding 4.x. I don't want to give up on the X-window system.
It is true that the configuration of the two versions is quite different. However, if you have taken 4.x off your system, then you should not have a problem with running the wrong version of the configuration program. If it wouldn't run, the most likely reason is that it was not in your path. It usually resides in /usr/X11R6/bin. You should be able to run it directly from there. It is possible to have both versions installed at the same time, but I have never done this manually. If you decide to try to use version 3.3.6, then I would suggest that you keep 4.3.0 uninstalled. You should be aware, however, that although the older version offers better support for your card, it does not offer the font anti-aliasing and configuration features that are found in 4.3.0.