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Re: Anyone using an S3 Trio3D/2X graphic card ?

On Tue, Aug 03, 1999 at 10:54:08PM +0100, Nuno Emanuel F. Carvalho wrote:
> Leszek Gerwatowski wrote:
> > Just take a look at very new XFree86 3.3.4 - as I remember it has support
> > for S3 Trio3D. Just take server (SVGA or S3 or S3V?) from address:
> >
> > ftp://ftp.xfree86.org/pub/XFree86/3.3.4/binaries/Linux-ix86-glibc/Servers/
> >
> > and give it a chance.
>  S3V server it's for S3 Virge graphic cards.
>  S3 server doesn't work.
>  SVGA works but just with 320x200 !
>  I must wait for support of this graphic card.

Are you sure that only this resolution is supported? I've worked over 1
week with HP Vectra VEi8 with integrated Matrox MGA200 video and I had
also only 320x200 resolution but after this time I've managed how to make
it work (with Xserver-SVGA version 3.3.4) and now I've good resolutions
(1024x768 and 800x600) with high refresh rates but modelines are very
untypical. If this Xserver recognizes this chipset it's only a matter of
good (for this particular card) modelines in XF86Config file.

And as always you have option of framebuffer device - wit this Xserver S3
Trio3D works for sure but without full hardware acceleration. Just take a
look at:


and answers for this question. One fragment of one of replies:

> I am using Debian 2.0 I have upgraded to the XFree86 from slink, and have
> download the S3 server from xfree86.org, but it doesn't seem to
> work.
> Any ideas?

Oh, yes, i have it too and it works good in 1024x768 and 32 bit color.
But, you have to upgrade to kernel 2.2.x and use the framebuffer device.
This gives you that nice little pinguin at boottime ;-)
you can find all necessary info in the source docs:
linux/Documentation/fb/framebuffer.txt and

Than you can use X with XF86_FBDev X-server. I'v read in dejanews that
some others have it running also.
There's also a howto somewhere on the net, but i lost the bookmark :-(


Framebuffer HOWTO is at:


Good Luck!

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