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I have just installed a used Pentium 133KHz Motherboard and a new Video card - SiS6326 with 4MB RAM.  I actually have booted up and have attempted to set up XF86Config.  I am runing KDE for my window manager.

I have set it up the best I can figure, seeing the SiS6326 is in the card list, and I actually get multiple resolutions, but the background of the KDE Desktop is Black.  I do not have it set to black.  Also, the menus are black, and unreadable, though the icons display.  The Screen Saver works fine, but after I move the mouse, the background is now what is left of the screensaver.

When I start X, the screeen used to go gray all over, then show blue (the background color), then the icons came up.  Now the screen goes gray in small strips with white in between.

I have read of a problem like this, but cannot find the comment anywhere.  Can anyone help?

Thanks.
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Try this...

Edit the file /etc/XF86Config and enter the line

Option "no_accel"

in the section Sections "Device". If this is not enough, please also try the lines

Option "no_linear"
Option "no_accel"
Option "sw_cursor"

in addition. The consequence is, that you can only run the server with a color depth of 8 bit and without any acceleration. The "no_linear" option worked for the last guy who asked this question.

http://sdb.suse.de/sdb/en/html/cep_sis_6326.html 



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I did find that putting in Option "no_accel" got me the background color , and now I can read the menus.  Thanks.

But, I still have some problems with the color maps being really screwy.  Though it's better, I still get the wrong colors for the kvterm backgrounds and foreground, black lines through the window, and the color of the text (foreground) changes from the proper color to black.  

I also still see a bit of blue (my Destop background color) in a block on the dashboard, and certain menu listings are blacked out.  It's very weird.

I will try the other lines yousaid to put in, but I really did want to get 16 bit color if possible.

Thanks.
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wgmrd,

I have the same with the text color same as the text backgroud. I corrected it with the no-accel but can't get anything above 8 bits.

I am playing with some down loads from Amptron who is my board manufacturer. They have some detail on how to get 6326 working.

www.amptron.com - look under drivers then the linux links.

jpato
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Well, I tried looked around on the web (searched in Alta Vista), and found the SuSE web page that mpass referenced in his answer.  On there it listed the following to put into the /etc/X11/XF86Config file:

#####################
Option          "no_accel"
Option          "no_imageblt"
Option          "sw_cursor"
dacspeed        135
Option          "fast_vram"
Option          "no_bitblt"
VideoRam        8192
#####################

The difference for me is that I have only 4MB of Video RAM, but I put it in with the change to VideoRAM and it worked immediately!

Thanks to mpass.

wgmrd
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wgmrd

What "colors" level did you achieve?

thanks,
jpato
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I ended up with 8-bit.  It worked better for GIMP.
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So, I got the email saying to give mpass a grade, but I find no where to do that.  How does one do that?
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I don't know where to give the grade at but I saw that suse had a new xserver for the sis chips that was developed with the help of sis. If you don't use the Suse linux distribution, you can still use the package but you will need to copy the files to the location your distribution is using. Go here to get it:

http://www.suse.de/en/support/xsuse/#sis 
Hope this works better....
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I've been playing a little but can't get over 8 bit. Is it possible with this card?

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mpass and jpato,

Well, even with those Options added, I can do a "startx -- -bpp 16 -weight 565" and when igo to the KDE, Settings, Information X-server, it shows me that the

screen #0
  dimensions                :  1024x768 pixels (347x260 mm)
  resolution                  :  75x75 dots per inch
  depths (1)                 :  16

So I think I have 16-bit color.

Is there any other way to tell?

I will check out the SuSE URL you gave, mpass.  

Thanks.

wgmrd
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