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I am having some fun with a SIS730 card trying to get 3d acceleration to work.
Basically it goes like: compile kernel - make xf86config file - modify xf86config file.
Problem is not that it crashes after reboot - thats expected - but how it "crashes". I use kdm for login - that isn't there anymore. If i login as root i can startx. As user it wont startx. Reconfiguring kdm or xdm doesn't do anything at all.
When i use the backupfile for xf86config and copy it in there i have the same problem.
I have to do xf86config to get things back to normal - the file that is created there is identical to the backup!!
I notice from the XFree86 website the SiS730 isn't listed as supported.
My experiences are that if XFree86 won't start, it tries to use a default setting, maybe for stability/safety etc, but you lose all ability to start X.
There is also a newer configuration tool I found documented with XFree86 4.0
"The next step is to configure the X server. That is covered in detail in an as-yet unwritten document :-(. In the meantime, there are three ways to create a basic X server configuration file for XFree86 4.2.0. One is to run the xf86config utility. Another is to run the xf86cfg utility. The third option is to use the new -configure X server option:
XFree86 -configure "
I get the SIS 730 to work alright - but i try to get 3D acceleration going which is definitely not supported by the stock xfree86. I use a different driver for the card than the one included with xfree. BTW - the driver works a lot better on regular display.
But when i modify the xfconfig file for 3D acceleration i cant log into x as a user - only as root and only in kde. I use kdm as login manager; that seems to get screwed up. Tried xdm - gets screwed up too. I am going to get this sucker.