Will my Abit G740 video card work with linux?

Posted on 1999-06-29
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I am building a system for use with linux. Does X have drivers or recognize my Abit G740 card? I did not find drivers on thier site. Anyone know where I can get them?
Question by:tak_amalak
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ID: 1634830
From the X-Free 86 FAQ:

Is a server for the Intel i740 chipset available?

Boards based on Intel i740 chips are not supported in XFree86, as programming documentation is not available. For users of Linux based machines, Red
Hat has made a binary only server XBF_i740 available at their ftp server. Check ftp://ftp.redhat.com/pub/XBF for details.


Is there any other way I can get an unsupported card to work?

Well, there is. If you are running Linux and the card is VBE-2.0 compliant in hardware. Unfortunately even today many new cards are not. But if yours is,
then you can setup a late version of the Linux kernel (anything newer than 2.1.119 should do) with vesafb and use the XF86_FBDev server with it. Anthony
D'Amico has a nice introduction how to do this at http://www.uno.edu/~adamico/banshee/, where he describes how to get the Banshee to work. Note that
the section there about installing the XF68_FBDev X server can be omitted. Instead use the XF86_FBDev that is provided as part of XFree86 This
works in a very similar way for other VBE-2.0 compliant cards as well.

I don't know if i740 is compliant with this last option, but i heard some guys running with the first option.

Expert Comment

ID: 1634831
In X-Free there is no special drivers for any card, there are for the chipset you own. You have the Intel 740 (i740)

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el_puertoro earned 100 total points
ID: 1634832
If the drivers included with the RH s/w do not work for you I'd suggest going to intel's url http://support.intel.com/support/graphics/intel740/ and look for a ref driver..


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