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Old 05-31-2003, 07:31 PM   #1
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XF86Config and .tgz/installpkg

Hey all,

I'm running slackware 9.0 on a laptop with an S3 Savage MX-MV (rev11) according to lspci.

I downloaded some drivers for this chipset and they were in the .tgz format. I did "#installpkg s3**filename" and everything seemed ok. When I do #pkgtool, the package shows up in the list of packages installed. Yet, when I take a look at the XF86Config file under the "Graphics device section", I only have an entry for a "VESA Framebuffer".

What exactly does an "installpkg" do? Do I have to manually add something to XF86Config (or perhaps to another file) to get it to use the proper video card drivers? Will it run in accelerated mode?

Thanks in advance for any help

Old 05-31-2003, 09:37 PM   #2
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I would guess that the next step would be re-configuring X for the driver. What do the instructions on the driver page suggest?

# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XFree86 -configure
Old 06-01-2003, 05:05 AM   #3
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There's also xfree86setup...or is that just another name for any of the tools listed by fancypiper? Anyway, xfree86setup is kinda automatic, tries to create an "optimal" XF86Config or something.


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