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Old 10-06-2006, 08:59 PM   #1
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Video Driver Help!


Hey guys, I'm a total noob to linux so any help is apperciated.

I recently bought a Gateway MX3231 Laptop. It has a 14.1 widescreen LCD. As of now, Im unable to run the native resolution 1280x768. I cant run any widescreen resolutions. I've tried modifiying the xorg.conf file and I've gotten the error:


VESA(0): Not using mode "1280x768" (no mode of this name)

I assume it has something to do with the video driver....as of now Im just using the VGA Compatible controller: VIA Technologoies, Inc. UniChrome Pro IGP (rev 01)

My laptop is running slackware11, and I know that it has a VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP video card (CN700 chipset i believe)

I found this driver for it:
http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...0&SubCatID=158

But it doesnt have a slack package and I have to do it from source. I tried following the readme with no success. Can anyone help me get this installed?!

Thanks again!
 
Old 10-06-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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Just some more information...these are the steps I followed:

Building viafb as a module for Linux kernel 2.4

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

Am I missing something? Do I have to do something else to make it use the driver? lspci still gives the same output and fbset -i still says VESA VGA.
 
Old 10-07-2006, 12:20 AM   #3
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Sorry to keep replying to myself, but I want to give you as much info as possible.

When I do a lsmod, it shows viafb as unused. in the lib/modules/2.4.33.3/kernel/drivers/video folder, I see viafb.o (its in a different color then all the others)

Is there something i need to do to load these modules? Im totally lost...
 
Old 10-08-2006, 10:18 PM   #4
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Adding to my original thread, as the rules state....

I've posted a smiliar question to this, but I think I'm trying to go down a different avenue now. 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):


http://www.viaarena.com/default.aspx...0&SubCatID=158

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
EndSection


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!
 
  


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