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  1. #491
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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by nikwood28 View Post
    Wounded!!! Is that because SiS are just pr*cks? so im basically scuppered then aren't i?
    It seems we all are...unless changing our machine, so never buy a Sis product inside one.

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    Quote Originally Posted by dc740 View Post
    sure. I can give you the definitive answer:

    NO. You won't have nice desktop effects with this chipset... don't hold your hopes. It just won't happen. There is NO support from SiS. There is no 3D acceleration, and probably there won't ever be anything close to it.
    Good Luck.
    That's the crude truth. dc740 had the honesty to say it straight. The definitive answer is simply NO!.

    I guess we should make a page in Facebook to spread the word NEVER BUY SiS, anything SiS, even if it's just a mouse pad. If something carries a SiS label, avoid it and tell to your friends not to buy it. BOYCOTT SiS!!!!!
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
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    Argento de San Luis.

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    Smile Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    Thanks for this. Turned a horrid wxp laptop into an ubuntu laptop

    I've waited for this for ages. I'm now Windows free!

    Jay
    AMD9650 Quad,4GB, ATI 3200HD, Ubuntu 12.10, Still loving Ubuntu

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    This works for me until I plug in a 1680x1050 monitor. I have tryed changing setting for the 1680x1050 but it won't work.

    Also when I make changes to the xorg.conf file I have to restart. Restarting gdm does not work (all I get is a black screen).

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    This worked for me but with one issue, after i restarted gdm i got the xorg troubleshooting guide with an error of something like fbdev driver not found, then i checked in the xorg.conf file and noticed in the device section (unlike as suggested in the read me file that came with the driver) the "driver" option was not set to sis671.

    attached is my xorg.conf file encase it is useful
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    No not working yet, seems that if I don't blacklist the vga16fb driver first tty1 is non functional, just like looking into a snowstorm. then the problem comes the Xorg -configure step that complains:
    open /dev/fb0: no such file or directory - if this is related to the blacklisted vga I don't know.

    Transferring the resulting file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf and altering the driver from fb0 to sis671 in xorg.conf simply makes the system unaccessable and need rescuing with the installation disc
    any ideas anyone ?
    thanks
    Pete
    Linux user #387904

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    Ok running I used an old xorg.conf that I've used before with this laptop, not perfect but at least usable
    Linux user #387904

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    BTW I just remembered how I set up my grub to make the boot experience almost perfect using this graphics chip...
    I hope I have the right things in mind, so test it at your own risk and keep a backup of every configuration file
    First: Set the GFX Mode in /etc/default/grub to
    GRUB_GFXMODE=1280x786
    or what ever matches your configuration and is usable by vbebuffer.
    Further you have to change /etc/grub.d/00_header to
    Code:
    #! /bin/sh -e
    
    # grub-mkconfig helper script.
    # Copyright (C) 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
    #
    # GRUB is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
    # it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    # the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
    # (at your option) any later version.
    #
    # GRUB is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    # but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    # MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
    # GNU General Public License for more details.
    #
    # You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    # along with GRUB.  If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
    
    transform="s,x,x,"
    
    prefix=/usr
    exec_prefix=${prefix}
    libdir=${exec_prefix}/lib
    grub_prefix=`echo /boot/grub | sed ${transform}`
    locale_dir=`echo /boot/grub/locale | sed ${transform}`
    grub_lang=`echo $LANG | cut -d _ -f 1`
    
    . ${libdir}/grub/grub-mkconfig_lib
    
    # Do this as early as possible, since other commands might depend on it.
    # (e.g. the `loadfont' command might need lvm or raid modules)
    for i in ${GRUB_PRELOAD_MODULES} ; do
      echo "insmod $i"
    done
    
    if [ "x${GRUB_DEFAULT}" = "x" ] ; then GRUB_DEFAULT=0 ; fi
    if [ "x${GRUB_DEFAULT}" = "xsaved" ] ; then GRUB_DEFAULT='${saved_entry}' ; fi
    if [ "x${GRUB_TIMEOUT}" = "x" ] ; then GRUB_TIMEOUT=5 ; fi
    if [ "x${GRUB_GFXMODE}" = "x" ] ; then GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480 ; fi
    
    cat << EOF
    if [ -s \$prefix/grubenv ]; then
      load_env
    fi
    set default="${GRUB_DEFAULT}"
    if [ \${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
      set saved_entry=\${prev_saved_entry}
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z \${boot_once} ]; then
        saved_entry=\${chosen}
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n \${have_grubenv} ]; then if [ -z \${boot_once} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    EOF
    
    case ${GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT}:${GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT} in
      serial:* | *:serial)
        if ! test -e ${grub_prefix}/serial.mod ; then
          echo "Serial terminal not available on this platform." >&2 ; exit 1
        fi
    
        if [ "x${GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND}" = "x" ] ; then
          grub_warn "Requested serial terminal but GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND is unspecified. Default parameters will be used."
          GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND=serial
        fi
        echo "${GRUB_SERIAL_COMMAND}"
      ;;
    esac
    
    case x${GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT} in
      x)
        # Just use the native terminal
      ;;
      x*)
        cat << EOF
    if terminal_input ${GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT} ; then true ; else
      # For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
      # understand terminal_input
      terminal ${GRUB_TERMINAL_INPUT}
    fi
    EOF
      ;;
    esac
    
    case x${GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT} in
     xgfxterm)
        # Make the font accessible
        prepare_grub_to_access_device `${grub_probe} --target=device ${GRUB_FONT_PATH}`
    
        cat << EOF
    if loadfont `make_system_path_relative_to_its_root ${GRUB_FONT_PATH}` ; then
      set gfxmode=${GRUB_GFXMODE}
      set gfxpayload=keep
      insmod gfxterm
      insmod ${GRUB_VIDEO_BACKEND}
      if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
        # For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
        # understand terminal_output
        terminal gfxterm
      fi
    EOF
    if [ x$GRUB_THEME != x ] && [ -f $GRUB_THEME ] \
    	&& is_path_readable_by_grub $GRUB_THEME; then
        echo "Found theme: $GRUB_THEME" >&2
        prepare_grub_to_access_device `${grub_probe} --target=device $GRUB_THEME` | sed -e "s/^/  /"
        cat << EOF
      insmod gfxmenu
      set theme=(\$root)`make_system_path_relative_to_its_root $GRUB_THEME`
      set menuviewer=gfxmenu
    EOF
    fi
        cat << EOF
    fi
    EOF
      ;;
      x)
        # Just use the native terminal
      ;;
      x*)
        cat << EOF
    if terminal_output ${GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT} ; then true ; else
      # For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
      # understand terminal_output
      terminal ${GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT}
    fi
    EOF
      ;;
    esac
    
    # Gettext variables and module
    if [ "x${LANG}" != "xC" ] ; then
        prepare_grub_to_access_device $(${grub_probe} --target=device ${locale_dir})
      cat << EOF
    set locale_dir=(\$root)$(make_system_path_relative_to_its_root ${locale_dir})
    set lang=${grub_lang}
    insmod gettext
    EOF
    fi
    
    cat << EOF
    if [ \${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=${GRUB_TIMEOUT}
    fi
    EOF
    
    # Play an initial tune
    if [ "x${GRUB_INIT_TUNE}" != "x" ] ; then
      cat << EOF
    insmod play
    play ${GRUB_INIT_TUNE}
    EOF
    fi
    It's almost the same and should not make any change that could brake your system, BUT PLEASE MAKE A BACKUP
    And last but not least backup /boot/grub/grub.cfg and run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    No warranty that this does the job correctly, but I hope it does for everyone.

    BTW: I don't know exactly, but maybe you have to unblacklist the vga126fb if you did the other workaround before.

    Cheers

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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    Hi,
    I used the proposed drivers, copied them to /usr/lib/xorg/drivers/modules
    I saw that their there but after restart I get an error msg:
    " Ubuntu is running in low-graphic mode..."
    (EE) SIS(0): ERROR
    (EE) SIS(0): No valid modes found - check VertRefresh/HorizSync
    .
    .
    .
    *******
    (EE) Screen(s) found, but none have usable configurations

  10. #500
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    Re: SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers!?!?

    May you check the log and post it here? May you post your xorg.conf too? Would help a lot to determine what the problem with your configuration is

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