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I'm using Red Hat ver 4.0 and have got Xfree86 working....I have specifically set up my XF86Config file for an S3 trio PCI chipset and stated under the device sections to try 640 x 480 resolution first..under virtual also. I continue to see a default 320 x 200 resolution and it states that was used when I shut down X:


(***) SVGA default used
(***) virtual 320 200 used

something like this... any suggestions on how to force a 640 x 480 or 400 res?
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Do you have the s3 server installed and have you made the symbolic link to X?

Looks like its using the SVGA server, maybe you have X symbolic linked to the SVGA server by mistake.
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BTW X lives in /usr/X11R6/bin/X; it should be a sybmolic link to your s3 server.  Make a symbolic link with ln -s
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I made the symbolic link to XF86_S3 but my LINUX manual stated to use the 'rm' command first:

            'rm /usr/X11R6/bin/X; ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_S3 /usr/X11R6/bin/X'

I did this and now it can't find X; I should have questioned this first...have I lost X forever...after I finally got it working even if it was in SVGA....please any suggestions on recovering X in /bin/ dir???
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It sounds like you don't have a link from X to the server, or the  server is missing.
Yes using the rm command(delete) was nessesary to get rid of the old X.  X is just a symbolic link(like a shortcut if you are a windows fan) to the S3 server.  Are you sure you have the s3 server installed(xf86_s3)?  Look around for the server then make the symbolic link. It may be in a different directory.
when you have done it right, doing an ls -l in x11r6/bin should show X then the file it links to.

Let me know if you have any questions
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If you want to get your old setup back just make the symbolic link from the svga server.  xf86_svga I think.
rm /usr/X11R6/bin/X; ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA /usr/X11R6/bin/X
Make sure the directories are correct; some distributions move the files around.
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