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Old 03-06-2001, 04:10 PM   #1
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I am trying to get Redhat 7.0 to work on a Compaq Deskpro 4000 P200 with an S3 ViRGE/GX graphics adapter and I'm experiencing some corruption.

The machine boots up in console mode and initially everyting is fine as long as I stay in text mode. When I start X there is severe pixel corruption. The cursor has a rectangular area hanging off of it on the bottom left and the desktop is not "mapped" properly to the screen: parts fall of the top and right edges, random pixel lines cross through and stuff doesn't paint correctly. When I drop out of X back to the console, text is also messed up: characters appear all over the screen. I need to reboot to get things back to normal.

I'm a beginner with Linux and I'm totally at a loss as to where to look next. Any ideas?


Old 03-07-2001, 08:43 AM   #2
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SOunds to me like you have the wrong resolution set
or the wrong driver for the graphics server set or the wrong refresh rate for your monitor.

for an easy to understand set of docs on how to set up Xwindows

Try XF86Setup or XF86Config and if you are like me didn't know how to use these then do a MAN on XF86Setup / XF86Config files.

I had many similar problems with a different graphics card
and stepping through the above eventually solved my problem.
Old 03-08-2001, 05:02 PM   #3
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If you still experience problems then you may want to get the latest version of Xfree86 (4.0.2 I think). It has improved support for S3 graphics cards.
Old 05-08-2001, 10:50 PM   #4
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Possible solution

Hi durkatlon
I just installed Mandrake 8.0 with XFree 4 on a Compaq Deskpro 4000 P200 with an S3 ViRGE/GX video card and got the same problems as you.
I installed XFree86-S3V-??.rpm and changed the /etc/X11/X link and then my cursor etc was ok.
Commands I used:

cd /mnt/cdrom/Mandrake/RPMS
rpm -Uvh XFree86-S3V-3.3.6-21mdk
cd /etc/X11
mv X X.bak
ln -s ../../usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_S3V X


It's probably some other way to do the link part but this worked also.
This worked for me and similar should work for you but your milage may vary.


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