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Old 05-06-2016, 06:23 AM   #1
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driver for SiS-6326 AGP graphics card

Hello, Any...

Here's the story so far for a driver for SiS-6326 (from a Pnewbie [ie "Post-Newbie"; silent "n"; copyright-waived])...

On my olde system with multi-distros and the SiS-6326 AGP graphics card:-

--> Mageia-5 works like a dream, and always has. It has never missed a beat for me. Workhorse!

--> Antix-15 (Debian-based) I just discovered it has a sisimedia driver which, so far, works well. [Resolution up to 1600x1200, or 1680x1050. Neat.]

--> Korora-23 (at this time) has no driver for SiS that I can find. I am endeavouring to understand "Alien" to convert sisimedia from .deb to .rpm (That is, unless someone can point to one somewhere?)

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Old 05-06-2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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It looks like there is no 3D acceleration for it, as it is not well supported. (See wiki page)
Here are some more links to consider:

That card is ancient, I'm surprised it works at all with today's Linux.

I also would not recommend're going to run into unrecoverable dependency problems, to say the least.

Now...if you want to get a new card that is supported well under Linux, you might want to look at an nVIDIA card considering these threads:
Old 05-06-2016, 11:16 AM   #3
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Fedora got rid of older video drivers (and doesn't even build them by default in their tarballs anymore).
Just grab it from git and build it yourself if you can't get alien to work:

I'm more familiar with Debian, so if you need more specific instructions, let a Fedora user jump in.
Old 05-15-2016, 05:47 AM   #4
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Hello, Any...

Herein I will round-out this story.

For a long time now I have used Mageia-5-Mate (32-bit) quite successfully. It has managed everything I have thrown at it, and does it with dexterity at the GUI level (which is where I work from). It drove my old monitor (and now the replacement) AND my olde SiS-6326 graphics card with ease.

I try out distros. [WHO using Linux doesn't? ...Or, for all the pedantic, smarty-bum LinUsers (mostly all, I suspect) - WHO using Linux hasn't?".]

Around the time of my #1 post above I was intent on setting-up Korora because it was derived from the Fedora/Redhat stable, which I didn't have installed. As well, I had previously tried Antix-MX (a Debian/ spin-off) but, now, wanted to try Antix-15 (which offers NO systemd).

So, this time, when I encountered the abovementioned graphics-card problems (AGAIN) it was with Korora-23, but also with Antix-15.

At that time I had sought advice in the Antix Forum, but failed to understand the significance an early reply post to me (ie "the solution"), but instead changed course (mid-stream) to Korora to see if that distro could get hi-res. However, there was NO driver package. In the Fedora Forum (for Korora) I was given a 3-part solution: option-1 failed (ie use an old driver supplied); option-2 compiling (irked me, not the suggestion, the "compiling"); and option-3 was to get down and dirty in CLI, and hand-build something. So since I seemed destined to work at CLI I decided to try it out on Antix first.

[Remember now, an Antix Forum Member had already given me the solution (in Antix) - which I missed.]

So, without knowing the Antix Forum solution, the first thing I tried was something I had noted in the ArchLinux Forum from some time ago - REMOVE the "VGA=xxx" arg from the kernel line in Grub, then possibly include other args (afterwards). To be honest, I don't think the other args were critical here. Removing the "VGA=xxx" stops the booting-system (kernel?) from kicking "VGA" into action from boot up. I think removing/preventing that allows the 4 built-in graphics modes to be used (ie "enabled"). [I am happy to be corrected on that.] Anyway, having removed that, I immediately ended up with a pretty-good hi-res solution - and the 4 built-in modes.

To be honest, I tweaked so many things at the time, I can't tell you exactly what I did next (possibly added an ARG something-or-other), and I got an even better resolution (although it presented a strange "glitch" too, which I don't need to discuss here).

Given that I was ignorant of the Antix post with the solution (because I was ignorant?), I set about mucking around within "xorg.conf" to get something a bit more "permanent" setup for X. That was a quite a challenge for me [Newbie]. I read manuals and tips, and tips-&-tricks, and manual tricks, and on and on.

However, while I was looking inside the Modules directory (you will know about that directory, I didn't) I found a module called "...sisimedia...". Now, I've seen a "...sisimedia..." driver mentioned elsewhere before, but I'm pretty sure it's referenced with much more modern graphics cards. So I never thought it was a possible solution for my card. Furthermore, to me, sisimedia doesn't sound like sis, and it doesn't sound like anything to do with "xf86-video-sis" - THE SiS-6326 driver referred to in the "man" pages (which, months ago, had been pointed out to me by someone in the Mageia Forum).

Next I looked in Synaptic package manager and there was an installed package called "xf86-video-sis-antix". Yet there was no "...sis...." driver sitting in the Modules directory. Puzzling? I think I put 2 & 1.5 together and figured to try out the "sisimedia" driver as THE graphics driver... ....and... - "Viola!", perfect hi-res graphics!

Then for a more-permanent configuration I decided to include the fix in the massive xorg.conf file I had created AND IT WORKED!

Then I decided to remove some of the odd tweaks and spurious rubbish from xorg.conf. Turns out I really only needed a simple reference to "sisimedia" as the graphics driver and it would have been done.

When I crowed about my fix back in Antix Forum, the early post (ie the early identical/better solution) was pointed out to me by an upset Forum Member (and I don't blame him), although he was "pleasant" about it (ie pleasant while being upset). Here is the solutio post. Note SamK's solution (Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:42 am), particularly the "sisimdedia" driver reference inside the xorg.conf snippet.

He was absolutely right, and it was so simple. I should have read more deeply into his post (but at the time I was a Newbie, and a "GUI Newbie" at that [ie a "GNu-bie"; pronounced "GuN.ubee"; copyright waived].

Now, after all the mucking around within xorg.conf, and much tweak-trial-booting, I can now claim "Pnewbie" status [ie "Post-Newbie"; silent "n"; copyright waived].

Of course, I'll have to try different stuff on Korora-23 because that has NO existing/current driver. (Umm, I think?) I will have to look at Shadow_7's tip in post 05-07-2016, 08:47 AM...

which refers to the same SiS graphics-card problem (but, at that time, attacked from another direction - dead monitor)

Korora can wait. I'm exhausted!

aka boombaby

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