X11 on a Sony Vaio PCG-F707

X11 on a Sony Vaio PCG-F707

Post by Andi » Sun, 16 Jul 2000 04:00:00

Hi all.

I bought a Sony Vaio PCG-F707 some days ago.
(There is the information on the net, that it is not
a problem to configure X11 on it's Neomagic chipset)

But  X11 isn't running.

SuperProbe reports:

First video: Super-VGA
        Chipset: Yamaha 6388 VPDC (Port Probed)
        RAMDAC:  Generic 8-bit pseudo-color DAC
                 (with 6-bit wide lookup tables (or in 6-bit mode))

Any hints what I schould do to have X11 on my machine?

Thanks, Andy


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I've been looking around for a couple of weeks trying to solve
this problem, to no avail. Basically, I'm beginning to come to the
conclusion the laptop is just too new to work with X 4.2.0, but
figured I'd give it one last try to see if anybody has this working.

I can only get 640x480 in 16 bit colour, or 1024x768 in 8 bit
colour. From what I can gather, config of the i830 chipset is using
the i810 driver, but with dependancies on BIOS settings. The following
Intel URL is quite helpful.


Here's a snippet from my XFree86.0.log...

(II) VESA(0): initializing int10
(WW) VESA(0): Bad V_BIOS checksum
(II) VESA(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
(II) VESA(0): VESA BIOS detected
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Version 3.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 832 kB

This is using the Vesa driver at the moment (it's semi working!)

lspci shows the following...

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp. 82830 CGC [Chipset
Graphics Controller] (rev 04)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corp. 82830 CGC [Chipset Graphics

And my XF86Config-4 has...

Section "Device"
        Identifier "Intel 830"
        VendorName "Intel"
        #Driver "i810"
        Driver "vesa"
        #BoardName "Unknown"
        VideoRam 32768
        Option "AGPMode" "1"
        BusID "PCI:0:2:0"

If I try to use the i810 driver, and choose either BusID (0:2:0 or
then X will not load and the XFree86.0.log will say that there is not
enough memory to run 1024x768x16bpp.

Reading the Intel document above, it seems to imply that the BIOS
has a fixed setting of 832kb of memory allocated to the graphics, and
there is no way I'm going to get around this (until the i810 X11
is written very differently, or I get a different BIOS). There is no
setting in my laptop's BIOS to adjust this, so am I scuppered?

If anybody has any tips on how I can resolve this it would be great.
Otherwise, I'm going to have to run Windoze until the X drivers
this chipset properly :(



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