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Old 12-28-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Newcomer to Linux...First Questions..Graphics/ File moving.


I figure that I should get some of the basics right before I decide to change distro's. I know that this Averatec 6240 (SIS M760 shared memory graphics card), isn't the most Linux friendly laptop to play with, but I'd rather not risk losing lots of data on my proper PC's until I am a bit more confident with Linux.

Question 1) Fedora core 4 64bit.... I got the ms fonts which do seem to make the display better and I'm running at 1280x800 using the standard driver that comes with Fedora Core 4. It is usable, however is it the same driver or as good as the one from ?

I get.....

[euan@localhost ~]$ X -version

X Window System Version 6.8.2
Release Date: 9 February 2005
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8.2
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.9-22.ELsmp x86_64 [ELF]
Current Operating System: Linux localhost.localdomain 2.6.14-1.1644_FC4 #1 Sun Nov 27 03:24:54 EST 2005 x86_64
Build Date: 21 September 2005
Build Host:

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Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.6.14-1.1644_FC4 ( (gcc version 4.0.1 20050727 (Red Hat 4.0.1-5)) #1 Sun Nov 27 03:24:54 EST 2005

Question 2)... Thomas Winischhofer says in his installation instructions from to “stop X” and I assume in my case he means replace sis_drv.0 in /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers with the sis_drv.0 from /home/euan/sis_drv.o_xorg_6.8.2_amd64_240605-1.tar.gz_FILES that I downloaded. Then to start X again.

So how do I stop X, how exactly do I replace the sis_drv.0 file and then start X again?

I know that these questions might seem ridiculously silly to many of you, but as a Linux newcomer I don't understand it yet. I also don't know how to use the file browser as

Thanks in advance,

Old 12-28-2005, 05:59 PM   #2
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ctrl+alt+bcksp will kill X

You need to extract /home/euan/sis_drv.o_xorg_6.8.2_amd64_240605-1.tar.gz first. Google or search here on how to extract them. you also would be able to do it while X is running then ctrl+alt+bcksp and X should restart on it's own with Fedora.

I would
mv /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/sis_drv.0 /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/sis_drv.0.backup
mv /home/euan/sis_drv.o_xorg_6.8.2_amd64_240605-1.tar.gz_FILES/sis_drv.0 /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/

Last edited by bosewicht; 12-28-2005 at 06:01 PM.
Old 12-28-2005, 08:38 PM   #3
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Ok First things first. A big thanks to bosewicht for replying so quickly. I completely understand what you are saying it all makes perfect sense to me. Well 2 and a 1/2 hours and several cans of beer later and I still haven't managed to do this so simple task. I am doing this in good humour as I know that I must be doing something silly. You have to laugh..

Anyway: ctrl+alt+backsp stops X for me, but after I have done anything eg launched firefox first the screen goes black the login prompt comes up for .05 seconds and I get stuck on a black screen with "_" in the top left hand corner. The only way out is a hard boot off. I can live with that though, as soon as I restart and log in to fedora and ctrl+alt+backspace X stops and I get the login screen. So I log in and enter mv /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/sis_drv.0 /usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/sis_drv.0.backup

I get the message mv: missing file argument. I try taking out the space in "sis_drv.0 /usr", then changing the sis_drv.0's to sis_drv.o's and checked and re-checked my typing etc. On a windows pc I printed out the text from this thread to make sure I hadn't made a typo. I still got the message mv: missing file argument each time I tried to enter the text. Oh ctrl+alt+backspace doesn't do anything when "X is Stopped" for me ctrl+alt+del reboots like it does in dos though so that doesn't bother me.

I also copied and pasted sis_drv.o from /home/euan/sis_drv.o_xorg_6.8.2_amd64_240605-1.tar_FILES/sis_drv.o to /home/euan/ and then rebooted back to fedora stoped X, logged in both as euan and then as root and entered mv /home/euan/sis_drv.o/usr/X11R6/lib64/modules/drivers/ .Every time I get mv: missing file argument.

So obviously I am doing something wrong, most likely something stupid any ideas?

Many thanks,


^ Must have been a typo.

hmmm tried again. Moved some test files about using terminal didn't have any problems. Then I cottoned on.

# mv (dragged file to terminal typed a space and dragged the destination folder to the terminal)
And on the prompt overwrite? a "y" worked. I didn't need to start/stop X, I just rebooted after.

I don't know if that has made any difference to the graphics, it doesn't seem to have made it any worse. I'm just glad I understand how I was supposed to move the sis_drv.o file and happy that I could cheat the CLI.


Last edited by euan_l; 12-29-2005 at 07:24 AM.


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