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Old 07-26-2003, 12:44 PM   #1
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VIA 8233A Southbridge Crashes Install?

I have been banging my head fro two days now over an install issue. I am using a DFI motherboard PM10-EL with VIA 8223A Southbridge chip. On regular install from Mandrake 8.2, and 9 and also Redhat 9 all hang in the middle of installation of packages or display messages can't find package so and so <changes randomly> .. sometimes crashing in kernel panic.
I ran across this relevent article
(however since it wouldn't install on this motherboard I did the install on another MB and moved it to the DFI... then applied the patch for the VT8233A chip... recompiled and repointed lilo to the newly compiled kernel...
And aparently since the install was done on another MB I don't get the graphical login in Mandrake 8.2 ... Same monitor, known to work on this version... different video chip I am guessing is the prob.... looked around and couldn't find SuperProbe...
What DO I do to get the video mode enabled from the text login to see if this worked?
I checked linuxconf settings and graphical login was selected there, I don't know what else to do... I get a crash on startx.
Thanks for any info..
Old 07-26-2003, 02:41 PM   #2
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not sure what the problem is... I've got LFS running just fine on a Via P4PB that has the 8233A... is it a kernel specific issue? Have you tried any other distros? slackware, debian, knoppix, etc?
Old 07-28-2003, 11:30 PM   #3
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Oky Doky,
I went over to , also
and took a look at your motherboard, it says its got a Savage4 2D/3D chipset. This led me to where it states your chipset is supported. Since you've seem to have gotten past the motherboard installation problems, let's concentrate on your X-Config problem, all else from there I'm sure you can handle.
Please see and follow the instructions on 'how' to configure the X-Server, specifically
"3.2. After the installation is complete
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 4.3.0. 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
Take your pick, but somewhere you must tell the config utility what chipset you have and the monitor characteristics.
Feel free to come back and tell us how it went.


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