I've posted this problem a number of times, but nobody seems
to understand what I am talking about, so I will try to explain it better.
I have a Diamond Stealth VRAM, ISA, 1MB. Its an older Diamond card.
S3_924 accelerator chip. "normal" RAMDAC (the only value XF86_S3 will take).
XFree86 3.1.1, standard installation with XF86_S3 server.
Under XF86_VGA16, everything looks great.
Under XF86_S3, I have problems:
The black-and-white "checker" pattern that _SHOULD_ cover the whole
screen as X starts up _ONLY SHOWS UP IN SMALL SQUARES IN RANDOM LOCATIONS
THROUGHOUT THE VIRTUAL DESKTOP_.
When the virtual pager comes up in fvwm, there is a black or purple
"shadow" below it, the exact shape and size of the virtual pager.
When I open the mouse-menu to select an option, the FONTS ARE GARBLED.
Refreshing the screen changes everything to SOLID BLACK.
Moving the virtual pager around leaves a TRAIL OF "COPIES" behind.
rxvts are UNUSABLE, they are so garbled.
Here is a synopsis of attempted fixes:
Option "slow_vram" is invalid.
Option "diamond" is invalid.
Option "dac_8_bit" is invalid.
XF86_S3 version 3.1.2 server, with all the "Options" behaves exactly the same
as the XF86_S3 version 3.1.1 server with no "Options".
People have this card working with XF86 3.1.1, why can't any of them
tell me what they did to fix it?
This video card is all I have, I have $0 to buy another.
Or did Diamond do what Radio Shack did with their crappy CDR-1000's:
build some with one part and some with another, so you have a 1-in-2
chance of getting one that "works fine with linux"?