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Old 01-24-2006, 06:39 PM   #1
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S3 Graphics Prosavage DDR Problem

Ok, I have read some posts about red Hat 9.0 not compatible w/ this Graphics Chipset (S3 Graphics Prosavage DDR). I am unable to try things like change the the resolution or even try and load a new driver because I cannot boot in text mode.

After all the initializeation my monitor gors BLACK probably write before the login screen.

How do I boot in text mode? Also any advice to fixing this problem w. my graphics card would be helpful as well!!

Old 01-24-2006, 11:12 PM   #2
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you get to text mode by changing
in /etc/inittab

i had an old S3 once where i had to revert to xfree3 series to get it working
xfree4 was a big change to modular and some old drivers never seems to make the transition.
don't know about your card exactly.
Old 01-25-2006, 03:26 PM   #3
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i think (though im not 100%) that you have to disable the frame buffer at boot. This is done by editing the configuration files, or with a command at the boot prompt. I dont know the commands though (sorry) try

linux nofb
Old 01-25-2006, 08:52 PM   #4
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This solved the problem...Found it on a post on this website!! Thanks a bunch guys!

I have solved it, almost miraculously. After a google search for a driver update for the S3 ProSavage KM133 video card, I stumbled upon a site that explained why this problem occurs (at least with this video card)...

It happens to be that when using this card as an integrated chipset into VIA motherboards, and using shared DDR memory for the card, the BIOS of the mobo messes up some key configuration elements, overriding the XF86 configuration file.... Don't ask me for specifics, all I know is it works now, after adding the simple line

Option "UseBios" "no"

to the "Device" section corresponding to the video card. (In the XF86Config)
So that's it... hope this could be of any help.


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