Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32

Thread: Bug for some graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Reykjavk, sland
    Beans
    10,485
    Distro
    Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

    Bug for some graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    Cards from Silicon Integrated Systems (SIS) are a frequent topic for discussion in Ubuntuforums. They were popular around 2001-5, and many of these computers are still suitable for light use.

    Up to and including 12.04 there was no problem here, but the Xorg environment used in Buntus after 12.04 did not support some of the SIS cards out of the box. Many a thread has been posted here asking what to do.

    The problem was a broken xserver-xorg-video-sis package. A patch for most of the affected cards has been available for a long time, and normally the people maintaining Xorg would receive such a patch and fix xserver-xorg-video-sis so all distros built on Xorg would get fixed automatically.

    That didn't happen.

    Long story short, with the package from Xorg still being buggy the options were

    1. using 13.10 with hardware accereration disabled
    2. using 13.10 with the patch applied through a PPA from Temjin
    3. using a 12.04-based distro like Bodhi Linux

    For most beginners the easiest solution was 3). The advice has been more or less a standard answer (at least my standard answer) when a SIS problem was posted.

    From 14.04 the Buntu repositories have been upgraded with the fix. This makes Buntu 14.04 (and derived distros) the only new distro that I know of which supports SIS cards out of the box - or out of the bugs - with hardware acceleration.

    I'm posting here and not in the development forum in order to reach people answering posts, not people testing. Now it's time to un-learn the 12.04 routine answer and point to 14.04 in stead. Maybe this is not going to be an issue, for chances are that we will not see many post about SIS problems at all. Only some very old SIS cards still have the problem but they might be too slow to be useable anyway, fixed or not.

    For people posting other places than Ubuntuforums this is a chance for marketing Buntu, especially Lubuntu.


    14.04 is now bringing three important fixes: This one for SIS, a boot option for non-PAE Pentium M's and a fix for Flash on Intel 8xx graphics cards. Good news for everyone dealing with old hardware.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Reykjavk, sland
    Beans
    10,485
    Distro
    Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

    Which version of Lubuntu to use?

    If the command
    Code:
    sudo lshw -C video
    yields 661/741/760 or 662/761 then a 14.04.1 install works right away, but in 14.10 or 15.04 (development version) the package is only available in a personal package archive (PPA). The commands

    Code:
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa: xorg-edgers
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-sis
    install the necessary packages. Reboot. More info here.

    Lubuntu 14.04 is supported through april 2017 so most users would probably prefer this one.


    Also if the card is 771/671 some modifications are necessary. The two options are
    1. install Lubuntu 14.04 in low resolution, add updates and create an xorg.conf, as described later in this thread, or
    2. install a 12.04-based distro with support like Bodhi Linux or LXLE, both of which are supported through 2017.
    Last edited by mrgs; January 4th, 2015 at 08:54 AM.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Beans
    352

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    Great news about SIS. I've been using Linux Lite on that computer, I noticed Ubuntu quit working on it after 11.10.
    What is the Flash fix? Something for SSE I hope?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Reykjavk, sland
    Beans
    10,485
    Distro
    Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    As you can see the bug fix is for a particular series of Intel graphics cards. It's not related to the processor.

    I don't think anyone is going to develop new stuff for processors with only SSE and not SSE2. We are talking about AMD XP's from 2001-3.

    Back on track, let's keep the tread focused on SIS.
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Mercedes, SL, Argentina
    Beans
    17
    Distro
    Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    Morgaes, I've been trying Trusty Live DVD, and it had an "acceptable 1024x768" (1200x800 was expected) resolution and wireless worked. But when I installed it wireless stopped working, couldn't install additional driver [solved somehow installing driver right from DVD] and resolution went down to 640x480, it won't allow any other option. Kinda disappointed, still searching though, In case any one finds a fix/trick keep me posted :-/

    Code:
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter (rev 10)
    Last edited by javier-ejsf; April 18th, 2014 at 08:09 PM. Reason: Add lspci | grep VGA

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Beans
    352

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    This is not working for me.
    "SIS...no compatible module..."
    On booting the Live DVD. Could get no working desktop with either Ubuntu or Xubuntu 14.04.
    BTW I'm using Linux Lite on the machine with no issues. Before that I used Debian Wheezy with no issues.

    System: Host: karlton-PW532AA-ABA-SR1403WM-NA520 Kernel: 3.8.0-34-generic i686 (32 bit)
    Desktop: Xfce 4.8.3 Distro: Ubuntu 12.04 precise
    Machine: System: Compaq Presario 061 product: PW532AA-ABA SR1403WM NA520 version: 0n41411RE101SALMO00
    Mobo: ASUSTek model: Salmon version: 1.04 Bios: Phoenix version: 3.14 date: 08/11/2005
    CPU: Single core AMD Sempron 3000+ (-UP-) cache: 128 KB flags: (nx sse sse2) clocked at 1808.435 MHz
    Graphics: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter
    X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: vesa (unloaded: fbdev) Resolution: 1280x1024@0.0hz
    GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 0x300) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.4
    Audio: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS7012 AC'97 Sound Controller driver: snd_intel8x0
    Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: k3.8.0-34-generic
    Network: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet driver: sis900
    IF: eth0 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:11:d8:ac:1e:92
    Drives: HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (33.6% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD800BB size: 80.0GB
    Partition: ID: / size: 72G used: 26G (38%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 0.49GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
    ID: swap-2 size: 2.10GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
    RAID: No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
    Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A
    Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
    Info: Processes: 147 Uptime: 10 min Memory: 274.7/939.1MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.8.4
    Last edited by KBD47; April 19th, 2014 at 01:47 AM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Reykjavk, sland
    Beans
    10,485
    Distro
    Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    Both of you, please post in CODE tags the output from

    Code:
    apt-cache show xserver-xorg-video-sis
    xrandr -q
    sudo lshw -C video
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Mercedes, SL, Argentina
    Beans
    17
    Distro
    Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    My homework! I followed all your instructions, here's what I got:
    Code:
    javier@exo:~$ apt-cache show xserver-xorg-video-sis
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-sis
    Priority: optional
    Section: x11
    Installed-Size: 640
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
    Original-Maintainer: Debian X Strike Force <debian-x@lists.debian.org>
    Architecture: i386
    Version: 1:0.10.7-0ubuntu6
    Replaces: xserver-xorg (<< 6.8.2-35), xserver-xorg-driver-sis
    Provides: xorg-driver-video, xserver-xorg-video-
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7), xorg-video-abi-15, xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.14.99.902)
    Conflicts: xserver-xorg-driver-sis
    Filename: pool/main/x/xserver-xorg-video-sis/xserver-xorg-video-sis_0.10.7-0ubuntu6_i386.deb
    Size: 224774
    MD5sum: 6690e9fcffa3312230f75f0527961097
    SHA1: 663b9b043a9b74ee2ee83d6eed2f7f0c6fda3afb
    SHA256: e6326f8006c5df30a19a97f52fb229a4b0b0d2a3a354b9e8164974e8d20406fe
    Description-en: X.Org X server -- SiS display driver
     This package provides the driver for all SiS and XGI Volari cards.
     .
     More information about X.Org can be found at:
     <URL:http://www.X.org>
     .
     This package is built from the X.org xf86-video-sis driver module.
    Description-md5: 42dac6b9768ebbc736ea67fc56bc1813
    Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
    Origin: Ubuntu
    Supported: 5y
    Task: ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-usb, kubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-active, kubuntu-active-desktop, kubuntu-active, edubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-usb, xubuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-frontend, mythbuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-backend-slave, mythbuntu-backend-master, lubuntu-core, ubuntustudio-desktop, ubuntu-gnome-desktop
    
    javier@exo:~$ xrandr -q
    xrandr: Failed to get size of gamma for output default
    Screen 0: minimum 640 x 480, current 640 x 480, maximum 640 x 480
    default connected 640x480+0+0 0mm x 0mm
       640x480        73.0* 
    javier@exo:~$ sudo lshw -C video
    [sudo] password for javier: 
      *-display UNCLAIMED     
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter
           vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
           version: 10
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 66MHz
           capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller cap_list
           configuration: latency=0
           resources: memory:c0000000-cfffffff memory:d4000000-d401ffff ioport:9000(size=128)
    javier@exo:~$ 

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Reykjavk, sland
    Beans
    10,485
    Distro
    Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    Hmmm... we don't have the exact same graphics card, but they are close relatives. You only get one resolution to choose from.

    Did you add an xorg.conf?
    Which screen are you using?

    Code:
    Package: xserver-xorg-video-sis
    Priority: optional
    Section: x11
    Installed-Size: 640
    Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
    Original-Maintainer: Debian X Strike Force <debian-x@lists.debian.org>
    Architecture: i386
    Version: 1:0.10.7-0ubuntu6
    Replaces: xserver-xorg (<< 6.8.2-35), xserver-xorg-driver-sis
    Provides: xorg-driver-video, xserver-xorg-video-
    Depends: libc6 (>= 2.7), xorg-video-abi-15, xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.14.99.902)
    Conflicts: xserver-xorg-driver-sis
    Filename: pool/main/x/xserver-xorg-video-sis/xserver-xorg-video-sis_0.10.7-0ubuntu6_i386.deb
    Size: 224774
    MD5sum: 6690e9fcffa3312230f75f0527961097
    SHA1: 663b9b043a9b74ee2ee83d6eed2f7f0c6fda3afb
    SHA256: e6326f8006c5df30a19a97f52fb229a4b0b0d2a3a354b9e8164974e8d20406fe
    Description-en: X.Org X server -- SiS display driver
     This package provides the driver for all SiS and XGI Volari cards.
     .
     More information about X.Org can be found at:
     <URL:http://www.X.org>
     .
     This package is built from the X.org xf86-video-sis driver module.
    Description-md5: 42dac6b9768ebbc736ea67fc56bc1813
    Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+filebug
    Origin: Ubuntu
    Supported: 5y
    Task: ubuntu-desktop, ubuntu-usb, kubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-active, kubuntu-active-desktop, kubuntu-active, edubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-usb, xubuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-frontend, mythbuntu-desktop, mythbuntu-backend-slave, mythbuntu-backend-master, lubuntu-core, ubuntustudio-desktop, ubuntu-gnome-desktop
    Code:
    Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 1920 x 1080
    default connected 1920x1080+0+0 0mm x 0mm
       1920x1080      60.0* 
       1680x1050      60.0  
       1400x1050      75.0     60.0  
       1280x1024      75.0     60.0  
       1440x900       60.0  
       1280x960       60.0  
       1280x854       59.0  
       1360x768       60.0  
       1280x800       60.0  
       1152x864       75.0     60.0  
       1280x768       60.0  
       1280x720       60.0  
       1024x768       70.0     60.0     75.0  
       1024x576       60.0  
       960x600        60.0  
       960x540        60.0  
       800x600        60.0     56.0     75.0     72.0  
       768x576        60.0  
       720x576        60.0  
       856x480        60.0  
       848x480        60.0  
       800x480        60.0  
       720x480        61.0  
       640x480        67.0     60.0     75.0     73.0  
       720x400        70.0  
       640x400        72.0  
       512x384        60.0  
       400x300        60.0  
       320x240        61.0  
       320x200        71.0
    Code:
      *-display UNCLAIMED
           description: VGA compatible controller
           product: 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter
           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
           resources: memory:e8000000-efffffff memory:f8100000-f811ffff ioport:2000(size=128)
    About problems due to upgrading
    Bringing old hardware back to life.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Mercedes, SL, Argentina
    Beans
    17
    Distro
    Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Bug for graphics cards from Silicon Integrated Systems / SIS solved in 14.04

    When I do a fresh install no xorg.conf is created. The output I pasted in the previous message was without any xorg.conf.

    But since resolution 640x480 is too low I kill X, paste this xorg.conf into /etc/X11 and start X again, which allows me to get 1280x768 resolution, lousy video playback and pressumably no acceleration, but at least it makes my notebook usable. I really don't understand what is written in this xorg.conf but it's supposed to force Vesa and it's been ok since Buntu 12.04 LTS, and it goes like this:
    Code:
    Section "Device"
      Identifier "Generic Video Card"
        VendorName  "Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]"
            BoardName   "771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter"
        Busid "PCI:1:0:0"
        Driver "vesa"
        Screen 0
            Option "UseFBDev" "true"
            Option "DPMS"
            Option "ShadowFB"
            Option "MaxXFBMem"
            VideoRam 262016
            Option "RenderAccel" "true"
            Option "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
            Option "backingstore" "true"
            Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
    
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
        Vendorname    "Generic LCD Display"
        Modelname    "LCD Panel 1280x800"
        HorizSync 20-107
            VertRefresh 50-185
      modeline  "800x600@56" 36.0 800 824 896 1024 600 601 603 625 +hsync +vsync
      modeline  "800x600@60" 40.0 800 840 968 1056 600 601 605 628 +hsync +vsync
      modeline  "1280x768@60" 80.14 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 795 -hsync +vsync
      modeline  "1280x720@60" 74.48 1280 1336 1472 1664 720 721 724 746 -hsync +vsync
      modeline  "1280x800@60" 83.46 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828 -hsync +vsync
        Gamma    1.0
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier    "Default Screen"
        Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
        Device        "Configured Video Device"
        Defaultdepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
            Depth    24
            Virtual    1280    768
            Modes        "1280x768@60"    "1280x720@60"    "800x600@60"    "1280x800@60"    "800x600@56"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
        Load "dri"
        Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
        Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
        Load "extmod"
        Load "type1"
        Load "freetype"
        Load "glx" # 3D layer
        Load "GLcore"
        Load "i2c"
        Load "bitmap"
        Load "ddc"
        Load "int10"
        Load "vbe"
        Load "speedo"
        Load "record"
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
            Mode 0666
    EndSection
    I'm pasting it here since this might give a clue to the solution. I have to remind you that Live Session plays quite fine at a 1024x780 resolution, but I can't figure out how to keep that driver.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •