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Old 02-27-2014, 05:18 AM   #1
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Question After upgrade from Slackware 14.0 to 14.1: Xserver crashes with SiS video driver


yesterday I made an upgrade from Slackware 14.0 to 14.1 on an old Laptop (PIII 850Mhz, 368MB RAM, SiS 630/730 VGA, 40GB HDD) and since then the Xserver crashes when I try to start Fluxbox or Openbox. Logfile: Xorg.0.log
Before the upgrade it worked fine.

As login manager I use SLiM, which starts properly and I can login. But after the login X crashes when it tries to start the DE. The same error occurs when I try to "startx".
When I use the VESA driver insted of SiS, the Xserver works but the screen resolution is only 800600 px instead of 1024768 px and I don't know how to change it.

Does anybody know how I can make it run again properly?

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
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Looking at, it looks like your chip [ 6093.599] (--) Chipset SIS630/730 is not supported on the newer X Server. However there appears to be a patch

Give that a try, hope it helps
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The stack trace in your log file makes me suspect an sis-exa issue.

Try the following:
  1. Close X and logout

  2. Login as root at console

  3. Create an xorg.conf template

    # Xorg -configure
  4. Find the Device section for sis in your newly created /root/ and add the line: Option "NoAccel" "true"

    It'll look something like:
    Section "Device"
            [lines here]
            Driver "sis"
            Option "NoAccel" "true"
            [more lines here]
  5. Copy the file so Xorg uses it

    # cp /root/ /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Restart your system as you usually do. If this eliminates the problem, we can alert Pat (Robby) about the issue.


Last edited by mancha; 02-27-2014 at 01:29 PM. Reason: Fixed typo / mention RW
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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That worked.
Thank you very much!

Before I read manchs's answer I made a Slackbuild with the patch and built the package. But after installing, it the same error occured. However, it's solved now.
Thank you anyway.
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Classic bitrot of an long-unmaintained driver, the dead URL mentioned in the Log is a sure sign.

I would refrain from further dist-upgrading these old machines. Slackware 14.0 will still get security updates for years to come.


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