I have recently installed Redhat Linux 4.2, along with the latest
XF86 upgrade (3.3.1), on my IBM Aptiva S35 (233MHz MMX, 48MB RAM). The
Aptiva ships with an onboard ATI Rage II video chipset (IBM tells me it
is the 264GTB), which I have upgraded from 2MB to 4MB. My display is
the IBM MM70.
Though the supported hardware lists the 3D Rage II and the 264GT as
supported configurations, I have spent hours unsuccessfully trying to
configure XF86. I have tried generic VGA, generic SVGA, and the Mach 64
server, but nothing works. My display documentation specifies horz
rates of 30-69, vertical 50-120, so I have been using these figures.
Some configurations simply fail, some lock the machine, and others
produce a "wavy" pattern, where I can see parts of the X menus, and
actually see the mouse move around.
Does anyone have any experience with this particular chipset, or any
suggestions as to how I might be able to configure it? Thus far, I
haven't been able to get much help from IBM ("what's Linux?"), Redhat
("you didn't buy it directly from us, you bought it from Macmillan
Publishing"), Macmillan Publishing ("we don't ship with XF86 3.3.1, so
we can't support it"), ATI ("check with XFree86, they should know"), or
XFree86 (the silent treatment). I'm hoping that I'm not the first
person to try this, and that somebody might be able to help me.