Hardware :: Supported 1280x1024 On Old Graphics Card S3VirgeDX?
May 13, 2010
First the Hardware:
- Celeron 500mhz with 256megs or RAM
- S3Virge DX Card with 4megs of RAM in a PCI slot
- Envision EN9410e LCD with native resolution of 1280x1024
- Sidux distro running (Debian Sid)
Things I have tried:
1. Without any post install configuration: GDM and XFCE booted up with an 800x600 screen size. Looks great, but size is too small would like the native resolution of 1280x1024.
2. Created a xorg.conf file with the command "Xorg -configure". First added the horizSync rates and the VertRefresh rates. File had "s3virge" as the driver listed for the card. Screen section I added under 16 depth and 24 depth the Modes "1280x1024". This results in GDM starting with colors all messed up in vertical lines and barely able to read the screen details. The resolution is correct, but the colors are completely messed up making it hard to read anything with vertical lines running through everything.
3. Changed the above xorg.conf file to use the "vesa" driver. GDM starts up in 1280x1024 and the colors look perfect, but when I log into XFCE it bombs out when the desktop appears and takes me back to the GDM log in page, never letting me run the XFCE desktop.
4. Ran an old Knoppix 5.1 CD and it configured a beautiful desktop with I believe a 1024x768 desktop and great colors. It looked like it was using the vesa driver when I looked at the XFree86 config file.
5. Ran ddcprobe and it identified the "vesa" driver with the S3virge DX card and showed the possible resolutions which included 1280x1024x32k and 1280x1024x64k. Once again leading me to believe that it should be possible to use this card with this monitor and use the monitor's native resolution of 1280x1024.
Any ideas what I could do to get this resolution or is it just impossible with this hardware? Do I have to settle with 800x600? #3 try boggles my mind because I can't figure out why GDM would look perfect but then it would bomb back to the GDM screen instead of starting XFCE.
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