From Phoenix on Thu, 23 Mar 2000
I am trying to setup X-Windows and am having problems with finding out my graphics type. I have and integrated chip (Intel's 82810-DC100). I would like to know which server I can use so that I can get X-Windows to finally run.
Response greatly appreciated
Usually your best bet is to just run the SuperProbe utility (Included with most Linux distributions). Just log in as root and type the command: SuperProbe (note the uppercase S and P) and hit enter. Wait for a few seconds.
This might hang your system or cause other problems. So I suggest doing it from single user mode to be on the safe side.
This will give you a warning, pause for a few seconds, possibly flicker your screen and give a report like
[sorry, hit my "send" keys instead of the ones to "switch to cut/paste" screen]
[ I have to say, the effect when I saw it with no report was pretty funny -- since one of the things SuperProbe can do, in very rare circumstances, is hang the system.
SuperProbe Version 2.21 (12 October 1999) (c) Copyright 1993,1994 by David Wexelblat <firstname.lastname@example.org> (c) Copyright 1994-1998 by The XFree86 Project, Inc This work is derived from the 'vgadoc2.zip' and 'vgadoc3.zip' documentation packages produced by Finn Thoegersen, and released with all appropriate permissions having been obtained. Additional information obtained from 'Programmer's Guide to the EGA and VGA, 2nd ed', by Richard Ferraro, and from manufacturer's data books Bug reports are welcome, and should be sent to XFree86@XFree86.org. In particular, reports of chipsets that this program fails to correctly detect are appreciated. Before submitting a report, please make sure that you have the latest version of SuperProbe (see http://www.xfree86.org/FAQ). WARNING - THIS SOFTWARE COULD HANG YOUR MACHINE. READ THE SuperProbe.1 MANUAL PAGE BEFORE RUNNING THIS PROGRAM. INTERRUPT WITHIN FIVE SECONDS TO ABORT! First video: Super-VGA Chipset: S3 Vision864 (PCI Probed) Memory: 2048 Kbytes RAMDAC: S3 86C716 SDAC 15/16/24-bit DAC w/pixel-mux w/clock-PLL (with 6-bit wide lookup tables (or in 6-bit mode))
You can then use this information to search the supported cards list at the XFree86 web site:
- XFree86 Video Card/Server List
[So, I think it's time for me to take a nap. That's the first time I can remember sending off an Answer Guy prematurely!]