XFree86 with RedHat 5.0 linux problem
Posted on 1998-04-09
I have installed RedHat 5.0 linux on a pentium machine with
video card SiS 6215 and Aamazing monitor. This works fine
with W95, but I cannot make XWindows run reasonably under linux.
When I use Xconfigurator I get the following in XF86Config
Device: My Video Card
Screen Driver svga
Device My Video card
Monitor My Monitor
Modes 640x480 800x600 1024x768
Virtual 320 200
When I call startx, it fails with a message:
640x480 too large for virtual 320 200
When I change to Virtual 640 480
I get junk on the screen - top of the screen has a nuber of
overlapping transparent windows with a very low resolution
(320x200?) and the lower part of the screen is a jumble of
vertical lines and dosts of various colors. There are also several images of the cursor. The only thing I seem to be
able to do at this stage (short of hard reboot) is to manage
to place one of the cursor in the ghostly Main window and
If I change XF86Config file so that I have
Device "Generic VGA"
then with Virtual 320 200 I get windows but with a very low resolution, totally unacceptable. If I try to change Virtual to higher resolutions (after changing also VideoRam from
default to 1024) I get the same junk on the screen as above.
BTW, the same monitor works well with another machine running Slackware 3.0 linux (2.0.13).