I have had no luck at getting Xfree86 3.2 to work with my Diamond
Viper VLB card and MAG Innovision MX-17F monitor. I am running the
Slackware 3.2 distribution of Linux, with a 2.0.29 kernel. I have
read the relevant documents in /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc (in particular
README.P9000). No matter what configuration I try, all I get on the
screen is a sparse splatter of white dots (sometimes here and there
seemingly forming short lines, mostly horizontal) and the system
console hangs, requiring a reboot to reset.
For starters, XF86Setup blanks my screen and freezes the system
console, requiring a reboot. (I made the VGA16 server available,
as I understand that's what XF86Setup needs. /var/X11R6/bin/X was
symlinked to the VGA16 server. No go.)
After failing to get XF86Setup to work, I symlinked /var/X11R6/bin/X
to the P9000 server and I tried inserting entries for the "Monitor",
"Device" and "Screen" sections of the XF86Config file that were
suggested in the Monitors, Devices and README.P9000 files. I'm pretty
sure I knew what I was doing because I have successfully set up Xfree86
before on Linux systems. No matter what entries I used, the screen
displayed the symptoms I described above: a splatter of white dots.
Next I tried running xf86config to create another XF86Config file.
I tried all of the 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024 modes
that it created, and my monitor's front status display indicated
that it recognized them (e.g., it displayed "Standard VGA 640x480 60Hz"
if that mode line was active) but the symptoms were always identical to
what I described above.
I'm baffled. Running "X -probeonly" indicates that supposedly things
are being properly recognized, but still I get these white dots. Also,
I'm not sure whether this is relevant, but when I run SuperProbe,
it reports that I have a Tseng ET4000, when it should say that I have
a Weitek P9000! Does anybody have any idea what's going wrong?
Stephen S. Kerr
University of California, San Diego