View Full Version : [ubuntu] Need help building VIA Chrome9 Driver (Ubuntu 9.04)

August 21st, 2009, 01:15 PM
Hi all,

I've recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Desktop) on an HP 2133 mini-note and I'm looking to enable some of the compiz-fusion type desktop effects (I don't hold out much hope of bendy windows etc but the integrated graphics may be able to handle basic compositing)

The 2133 uses a VIA Chrome9 HC graphics controller (From my research it seems to be a VX800 type)

I've downloaded the VIA drivers but I'm completely lost. I've built VIA Solomon wireless drivers before, which was a simple:

make install
depmod -a

The instructions for installing Chrome9 drivers look more involved and seem to involve making modifications to kconfig.

Step 1: Get kernel source and put them under /usr/src/linux
Step 2: Copy FBDev to proper location.
# cp -a FBDev /usr/src/linux/drivers/video/via
Step 3: Modify Makefile and Kconfig under /usr/src/linux/drivers/video:
add line to Makefile
"obj-$(CONFIG_FB_VIA) += via/"

add below lines to Kconfig
config FB_VIA
tristate "VIA UniChrome (Pro) and Chrome9 display support"
depends on FB && PCI

This is the frame buffer device driver for Graphics
chips of VIA UniChrome Family(CLE266, PM800 / CN400 / CN300,
P4M800CE / P4M800Pro / CN700,
VN800 / CX700 / VX700, K8M890,
P4M890 / CN896 / P4M900, VX800)
Say Y if you have a VIA UniChrome graphics board. To compile
this driver as a module, choose M here: the module will be
called viafb.

Has anyone installed this driver before and can explain how this works?