System is PII 400 with S3Virge/GX2 card
After about 2 minutes, X windows hangs the whole machine
which cannot even be pinged after the hang. We have disabled
gpm and have tried the SVGA and S3V drivers but with no
luck. We have also tried a serial mouse instead of a PS/2
mouse but that doesnt help. There is nothing logged in
/var/log/messages or from startx. The machines doesnt seem
to hang if run only in console mode. The user is migrating
from Windows NT which runs ok.
Have you tried XFree86 3.3.3? Straight from the bugs fixed list at
- Fix some lockups with ViRGE chips.
You can find SRPMs for XFree86 3.3.3 on ftp://rhcn.redhat.com
The S3 VirgeGX2 is not properly supported with the version of XFree86
that shipped with 5.2. The newest version of XFree86 3.3.3 had
improved support for that adaptor. We are working to make them
available for download from our ftp site or they can be obtained from
XFree 3.3.3 makes no difference. We have again tried the SVGA and S3V
drivers. We have also removed a pnp Creative Labs sound card and 3Com
3c905B NIC but that had no effect. We have run out of ideas.
The video card is an AGP-Bus type, model S3Virge/GX2 SG200A. The
motherboard is an Intel SE440BX, if this helps.