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XFree86 won't load the SVGA server

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I have RH 4.1, XF86. My card is a Tseng ET4000, 1 meg memory
I have put an entry for SVGA in my config file but it is
ignored;  X insists on using VGA16.  I need SVGA to run
netscape. My setup is linked to the SVGA server but VGA16
comes up. Is my memory card inadequate for SVGA?
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1M of memory will let you do up to 1024x768 in 256 colours, so memory is not a problem. (If you want 16bpp - 65536 colours - you can go up to 800x600, or 640x480 at 24bpp.)

I really can't say anything more unless and until you provide a copy of your XF86Config file - there are several possible causes for this.
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1M of memory will let you do up to 1024x768 in 256 colours, so memory is not a problem. (If you want 16bpp - 65536 colours - you can go up to 800x600, or 640x480 at 24bpp.)

I really can't say anything more unless and until you provide a copy of your XF86Config file - there are several possible causes for this.
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The easiest way to fix this is to... (1) make a backup copy of /etc/XF86Config to /etc/XF86Config.save. (2) Run xf86config program. (3) Install X and specify the XF86_SVGA driver. (4) When asked if you want the server linked to, reply 'yes'.
If this fails, then reverse (1) above. Good luck.
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I've already done this a number of times;  I've installed auto
matically and also manually, editing the XF86Config file by
hand.  I've linked to the SVGA server but this doesn't seem
to make any differenc.

I don't see how I can send the XF86Config file using this
reply system!
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There's a link for /usrX11/bin/X to /var/X11R6/bin/X. Make sure the latter is a link to /usr/X11R6/bin/XF86_SVGA. Sounds like it's still a link to XF86_VGA2(?).
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You were right!  I re-ran Xconfigurator, and everything is
now working correctly.  I'm still not clear why the original
setup wouldn't work but anyhow all is now well;  even
netscape is working.

Many thanks for your help.

Anthony
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The problem here is that the first time you configure X, you may pick the incorrect server. When you re-run the configuration, it doesn't always do the link to the new server that you want. Now that it's all going, you can remove the VGA2 server and save some disk space :)
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Many thanks again (sorry I don't know how the points thing
works!)
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