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Old 09-10-2002
FreeBSD 4.6 Video Settings for Xwindows

I have set-up FreeBSD on an HP Vectra Intel Based PC, now when I go to /stand/sysinstall and "do a post installation configuration" and try to set-up the XFree86 server under Video card the model of my card does not exist. My video card model is SiS 6205 but FreeBSD supports or listed only 5205. I pressume this is the main hurdle why my "startx" command to launch Xwindows is not succesful. How could I get the correct driver for my video Thanks.
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Old 09-14-2002

Is this the most stupid question, that's why everybody ignored it?
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Old 09-14-2002
Re: Hi

Originally posted by charlie499
Is this the most stupid question, that's why everybody ignored it?
Try running xf86cfg --configure to generate an XF86Config file and after placing it in /etc/X11 try running xf86cfg to edit settings.

For more detailed examples check out the FreeBSD Handbook at
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Old 09-26-2002
usually works the generic svga driver, this is a good one to start with if your card is not [yet] listed in the xfree drivers list. you can use even an older variant of the same vendor.
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Old 09-26-2002
Java hm

i'm not sure, but search the ports to have x11 server with specific card to be installed. Like mine is x11 mach64 server, but dunno, because i use x11 like a toy, not for working..
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Old 09-29-2002
Re: Re: Hi

I am having a similar problem on an IBM Thinkpad laptop. I installed FreeBSD 4.7-RC2 and XFree86 4.2 did not start. What is strange is that I have another partition with SuSE Linux 7.2 and XFree86 4.2 installed and it works fine.

The chipset is silicon motion LynxEM+, which is claimed to be supported by 4.2.

Originally posted by auswipe

Try running xf86cfg --configure to generate an XF86Config file and after placing it in /etc/X11 try running xf86cfg to edit settings.[/url]
I have tried to use xf86cfg as mentioned in the handbook. But even the generic settings there do not function. In all cases the screen simply turned dark and did not respond.

The X server log:

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