Getting above 320x200 using XFree86

Getting above 320x200 using XFree86

Post by Richard A. Bilonic » Sun, 11 Apr 1999 04:00:00

I'm running Linux and XFree86 on a Toshiba Satellite 2535CDS laptop. It
can do SVGA upto 800x600. I'm running Red Hat 5.2 out-of-the-box. I
believe I'm running the version of XFree86 just before I'm new
to Linux (but very familiar with IRIX Unix) so I haven't yet tried to
upgrade. The laptop uses a Chips & Technologies 69000 chipset. From
looking at the Linux laptop page, the Toshiba 2520 (or 2515?) uses the
same chipset and the document said to specify th 65555 chipset.
(Apparently the newer XFree86 now includes the 69000.)

My problem is that I can only get a 320x200 8bpp display. For some
reason it says it is using a "built-in" mode. I have tried repeatedly to
get above this by tweaking the XF86Config file but to no avail. I either
get an almost unuseable display (folded over itself) or the same
320x200. I followed the directions based on the 65555 given on the
laptop page but this config causes errors 111 and 3.

Does anyone have an XF86Config I could try? I would be happy to just get
a useable 640x480 or 800x600 standard display. I believe I'm using the
SVGA server. I have tried every suggestion I could find.

If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. I was able some
time ago to get XFree86 running under OS/2 Warp4 on a Compaq Deskpro
6200 XL. (Unfortunately it is extremely difficult to get Linux running
on this machine. I tried. Fortunately installing the basic Linux on the
Toshiba laptop was easy after partitioning the drive.) I really want to
run Linux (more than just a shell)!

Another possibility is to try to do the upgrade to the newer XFree86 but
I'm not sure yet what is involved.

Desperate in Pittsburgh,

Rick Bilonick


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1. Getting XFree86 3.1 to run in 320x200 mode

I have tried the suggestions in recent messages on how to get
XF86_SVGA to run in 320x200 mode, to no avail. It starts running, but
the screen that comes up is just a bunch of vertical white lines
(though the server and clients are there!).  My XF86Config has these

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "generic 256 VGA color"
    Chipset     "generic"

Section "Screen"
    Driver      "svga"
    Device      "generic 256 VGA color"
    Monitor     "Nokia 447x"
    Subsection  "Display"
        Depth       8
        ViewPort    0 0
#        Virtual            320 200

My setup is this:

Linux 1.1.53
486/66 w/ 16 megs o' ram
Number Nine GXE Level 11
Nokia 447x monitor
XFree86 3.1
IDE harddrives

note, I have X symlinked to XF86_SVGA and it clearly parses output
correctly, which I dump here:

XFree86 Version 3.1 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6000)
Operating System: Linux
Configured drivers:
  SVGA: server for 8-bit colour SVGA (Patchlevel 0):
      et4000, et4000w32, et4000w32i, et4000w32p, et3000, pvga1, wd90c00,
      wd90c10, wd90c30, wd90c31, wd90c33, gvga, vgawonder, tvga8800cs,
      tvga8900b, tvga8900c, tvga8900cl, tvga9000, clgd5420, clgd5422,
      clgd5424, clgd5426, clgd5428, clgd5429, clgd5430, clgd5434, clgd6205,
      clgd6215, clgd6225, clgd6235, ncr77c22, ncr77c22e, cpq_avga, oti067,
      oti077, mx, al2101, cl6420, video7, generic
(using VT number 12)

XF86Config: /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86Config
(**) stands for supplied, (--) stands for probed/default values
(**) Mouse: type: microsoft, device: /dev/mouse, baudrate: 1200
(**) SVGA: Graphics device ID: "generic 256 VGA color"
(**) SVGA: Monitor ID: "Nokia 447x"
(**) FontPath set to "/usr/X386/lib/X11/fonts/misc/,/usr/X386/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/,/usr/X386/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
(**) SVGA: chipset:  generic
(--) SVGA: videoram: 64k
(--) SVGA: clocks:  25.18
(--) SVGA: Using builtin driver modes
(--) SVGA: Builtin Mode: 320x200
(--) SVGA: Virtual resolution set to 320x200
(--) SVGA: SpeedUp code selection modified because virtualX != 1024


can someone tell me what is going wrong?  I also have this problem with
a Viewsonic 15 monitor.  I don't have a different video card to try.

-- Jason

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