> I just installed BigSlack 7.0 (version of slackware that runs on a
> fat32 partition), which supposedly has X and KDE preconfigured.
> So I booted up. X didn't start automatically so I tried 'startx'
> I got 'unable to open framebuffer device /dev/fb0'.
> Then I ran XF86Setup. I told it not to use existing config files. It
> said it was switching to graphics mode and that it might take a while
> (how long is a while?) Then my screen turned gray and stayed that way
> for a good 5 minutes. I eventually gave up and restarted.
> My video card is an SiS 6236 -- supposedly supported by X. What do I
> have to do to get it running?
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The SiS 6236 chipset and XFree86 don't seem to be the best of
The SiS 6236 is supported, but you will likely have to edit the XF86config
file. I'm not sure where this file is in slackware, in most distributions
it is /etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/XF86Config. Try adding one or more of
the following lines to the "Device" section...
Also check www.XFree.org/FAQ/ Section D, question 4 has some information
relating to the SiS 6236 chipset. Look at resources from XFree's main
page, from there you can find a section "Information for SiS users". If you
have your heart set on using the SiS6236 chipset, this is probably your
best place for info. I did get a Diamond Speedstar A50+ to work fairly
well by adding Option "no_accel" and Option "no_imageblt" on a redhat 6.1
system. Some other "no_xxx" type options trashed the display, I forget
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