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Thread: SIS 672, 1280x800, how I got it working, YMMV

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    SIS 672, 1280x800, how I got it working, YMMV

    My system:
    Fujitsu Esprimo v5515 (SIS 672)
    Ubuntu 9.04, fresh install.

    The problem:
    Only getting 800x600.

    The goal:
    Getting 1280x800.

    I tried for many months to get this working (8.04. 8.10, 9.04), always failing miserably.

    I tried other distros (Fedora/Mandriva/Mint)... Not a single one gave me the resolution I wanted.
    I returned to Ubuntu (9.04).

    0 - I downloaded xorg-driver-sis671_0.9_i386.deb into my home folder and installed.

    On reboot, the system went "crazy", black screen, no errors being reported (AFAIK, too lazy to go through logs in recovery mode+root shell prompt or through the livecd).
    I thought that perhaps the system got confused with too many drivers for X under SIS dictatorship.

    Time to do some cleaning.
    This is the way how it worked for me.

    1 - Boot/reboot and choose on the Grub menu "Recovery Mode"
    * alternatively, in graphic mode, in the command line, in a terminal window
    * type
    * sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop
    * cross fingers
    * and X may graciously stop
    * OK, so you now jump to step 4

    2 - Choose option "Drop to root shell prompt"

    3 - Login

    4 - Type
    sudo su

    5 - Type
    apt-get remove xserver-video-sis671

    5.a - Restart if you think that some goblins are still there (and then go through steps 1-2-3-4-6)

    6 - Type
    dpkg -i xorg-driver-sis671_0.9_i386.deb

    7 - Reboot (to be on the safe side of things) or exit+startx

    As I said before, it worked for me, YMMV.

    I tried this procedure in a new fresh install, going directly to step 1 without the install in step 0. It worked. 1280x800 in all its "glory".
    Last edited by test666; September 8th, 2009 at 01:21 AM. Reason: Removal of unnecessary ""

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Re: SIS 672, 1280x800, how I got it working, YMMV

    Thank you so much!!! It finally worked!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009

    Re: SIS 672, 1280x800, how I got it working, YMMV

    Glad to be of service.
    You welcome.

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