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    Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    Hello,

    I wanted to install an old ubuntu on my old machine. (Winfast motherboard, SIS integrated graphic card, 512MB RAM, AMD processor...). First I've tried to
    install the newest but there was no picture on the beginning screen. Ubuntu 8.04 did good but it's freezing very offten (every 5 minutes). I didn't find anything
    interesting in the log files. I've also tried with Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Mint (64 and 32 bit). Same problem in all distributions... SIS drivers are installed... Maybe there is
    a bug in there? If anyone can give me some smart advice I would be really pleased.

    Thank you, Janez

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card - FREEZING

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    SIS has never been famous for supporting Linux, so it might be a struggle.

    Have you tried installing only with open-source drivers?
    Have you checked the memory by running memtest from the boot menu? Best is to let it run for at least an hour.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    Hello,

    It was also happening with live CD... I've tried with open source drivers only... No luck . I hoped that there is already a solution for this problem, but didn't find anything handy on google.
    It is working super fast but suddenly it freezes and need a reboot. I don't think that a problem is in RAM. Because I have 2 alike computers and it's happening on both. Only difference
    is that one has 512 MB of ram and the other one has 1024 (2 slots). What else can I do? Do you think that Fedora or any other distro should work? If the problem is in the kernel then
    I can't do anything or can I?

    Best regards, Janez

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    I still think you should try memtest.

    Also, if the computer has a steady moment please run sudo lshw > lshw.txt and post lshw.txt.
    About problems due to upgrading
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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    Code:
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        description: Desktop Computer
        product: PROD00000000
        vendor: OEM00000
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.2 dmi-2.2 smp-1.4 smp
        configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop cpus=1
      *-core
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           product: 760GXK8MC
           vendor: WinFast
           physical id: 0
           serial: WYWM54809359
         *-firmware
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              vendor: Phoenix Technologies, LTD
              physical id: 0
              version: 6.00 PG (10/08/2005)
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         *-cpu
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              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
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              capacity: 3GHz
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              product: 760/M760 Host
              vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 03
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=agpgart-amd64 latency=32 module=amd64_agp
            *-pci
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                 product: SG86C202
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci normal_decode bus_master
               *-display UNCLAIMED
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                    vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 66MHz
                    capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller cap_list
                    configuration: latency=0
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                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 2
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                 version: 36
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-ide:0
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                 product: 5513 [IDE]
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 2.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.5
                 logical name: scsi0
                 logical name: scsi1
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master emulated
                 configuration: driver=pata_sis latency=128 module=pata_sis
               *-disk
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                    product: ExcelStor Techno
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: PF2O
                    serial: PFD210K2E06LKB
                    size: 76GiB (82GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0009303e
                  *-volume:0
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                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       logical name: /
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                       version: 1.0
                       serial: 7f1d671a-7bf7-4585-bfd7-9d94ee4b3e08
                       size: 75GiB
                       capacity: 75GiB
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                       configuration: created=2013-03-25 15:39:46 filesystem=ext3 modified=2013-04-02 07:46:16 mount.fstype=ext3 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,data=ordered mounted=2013-04-02 07:41:45 state=mounted
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
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                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          capacity: 1278MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
               *-cdrom
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                    product: DW-552GA
                    vendor: TEAC
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /dev/dvd
                    logical name: /dev/scd0
                    logical name: /dev/sr0
                    version: R4K4
                    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=open
            *-multimedia
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                 product: AC'97 Sound Controller
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 2.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.7
                 version: a0
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=Intel ICH latency=32 maxlatency=11 mingnt=52 module=snd_intel8x0
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: USB 1.1 Controller
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
                 version: 0f
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32 maxlatency=80 module=ohci_hcd
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: USB 1.1 Controller
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 3.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:03.1
                 version: 0f
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32 maxlatency=80 module=ohci_hcd
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: USB 1.1 Controller
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 3.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:03.2
                 version: 0f
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=32 maxlatency=80 module=ohci_hcd
            *-usb:3
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                 product: USB 2.0 Controller
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 3.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:03.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=32 maxlatency=80 module=ehci_hcd
            *-network
                 description: Ethernet interface
                 product: SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
                 logical name: eth0
                 version: 91
                 serial: 00:01:6c:fd:92:57
                 size: 100MB/s
                 capacity: 100MB/s
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
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                 description: IDE interface
                 product: RAID bus controller 180 SATA/PATA  [SiS]
                 vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
                 physical id: 5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
                 version: 01
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=sata_sis latency=32 module=sata_sis
         *-pci:1
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 101
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:2
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 102
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:3
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 103
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:4
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 104
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=k8temp module=k8temp
    Last edited by mrgs; April 4th, 2013 at 09:34 AM. Reason: Please use CODE tags

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    I have lubuntu 12.04 installed in an old pentium III, CPU 1GHz, 512 MB ram, 20 GB HDD, sis 630/730 graphics card with 64 MB and it works well, you can try the alternate CD installation. I recommend you to try lubuntu 12.04, not 12.10 since there is a bug with certain graphics driver: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...4/+bug/1077975

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    I've tried with ubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu 12.04 with no luck... I didn't even manage to come into the OS with live CD's... Graphic card problem probably ... So 12.04 versions don't even show the desktop.. older versions are freezing... Maybe there is already a solution and I didn't find it...

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    Memtest didn't find any errors.. It was working for like 2 hours. Hm... That's really weird... The computer is working perfectly and then suddenly freezes... Most of the time when I run open office or update manager. But with other applications as well but not that offten... Any other suggestions? Is anything weird in lshw writeout?

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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    Only that you are using ext3

    No, seriously I don't see anything strange except the SIS card, as I mentioned above. If you have another graphics card you could try to swap them.

    Have you tried catching the log files?
    About problems due to upgrading
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    Re: Winfast motherboard and SIS integrated graphic card freezing.

    I've been trying different distros on a 2001 Vintage PIII/512 mb. RAM. If you can download them easily, you might try PCLinuxOS or maybe Salix. Salix MATE is perhaps the fastest but it's nowhere near *buntu in usability. PCLinuxOS has a few different Desktops. LXDE seems to work pretty well. For reasons I was unable to determine, Lubuntu would not install; the installer would hang. Xubuntu would install and run but not as fast as Salex w/ MATE.

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