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Old 10-30-2016, 03:43 PM   #16
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With Sis run Vesa. It is how I roll on Icewm with about 150 processes running.

Newer xorg in Debian based distros do not play nice with older Sis, Via, or Savage graphics chip drivers. I researched this with my older gear that includes those 3 chip sets. We settled on using Vesa for those chips on install process. After about a week with me troubleshooting why we had scrambled screens on a new release cycle. Then if you wanted to downgrade xorg below version 1.12 to like 1.10. Then you could install
the proper linux driver from synaptic for those 3 chip sets. Then apt pin what you needed in /etc/apt/preferences (if wanting to leave xorg from updating and your driver install alone).

A single developer named James Simmons handles the drivers for Sis, Via, and Savage graphics chips as far as I know. Also, I do not know if he passed away or quit development.

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Old 10-30-2016, 03:53 PM   #17
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Actually, I had better results with fbdev (compared to VESA).
 
Old 10-30-2016, 05:07 PM   #18
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Just curious Emerson. Did you get good video performance on all 3 chip sets I listed?

I'm not sure. But I think we settled on vesa because it was compatible with all obscure outdated video chip sets. For a live cd and install run. On older gear.
 
Old 10-30-2016, 05:25 PM   #19
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I don't have it any more, it was a laptop with Savage. Don't remember exactly why fbdev was better. Long time.
 
  


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