View Full Version : [xubuntu] 8.04 graphics driver for Via PM880

Jose Catre-Vandis
May 4th, 2008, 04:34 PM
Installed xubuntu 8.04 on a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Pro V2020 with the via integrated graphics. Seemingly no suitable driver available either in the repos or on the Via website, (tried the gutsy one, but it won't allow an install). had a look at openchrome but this doesn't seem to work either.

Can anyone advise how to install the right drivers or improve graphics performance?


Finally got this sorted out with help from the fine howto thread and follow on posts by Tuxcrafter on openchrome. Openchrome was already installed on my system but just not activated. I had to add:

Driver "openchrome" to the Device section in xorg.conf. This gave me a massive resolution, and I could only see about a quarter of my desktop! So I then added some modelines and a sub section to xorg.conf as follows:

Section "Monitor"

Identifier "Configured Monitor"
Option "DPMS"
Modeline "1024x768" 60.0 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 +HSync +VSync
Modeline "1024x768" 65.0 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 +HSync +VSync
HorizSync 28-81
VertRefresh 56-75

Section "Screen"

Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 16

SubSection "Display"

Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

and restarted X. Success, screen running at native resolution of 1024x768 and 3D also enabled, but running compiz will slow things down and confuse the end user!