Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 6970
SIS 5598 and XFree
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:52 EDT
Upgraded from 6.0 to 6.1
TXPRO II with on board SIS 5598 video chip
ADI Microscan 3E monitor
Can not get video to work, worked fine in 6.0
Text fields blank in some graphics, like printer config
I recently installed RedHat 6.1 on a machine with an ASUS motherboard with an
inbuilt SiS5598 graphics adapter. I had to use the text install as the
graphical version displayed all text (text fields, button text, tree control
item text, etc) as black on black. Similarly once I got through to the X
configuration it did the same thing. I ended up removing the XFree86_SVGA
server from the XFree86-3.3.5 and re-installing the XFree86-3.3.1 (I think) from
the RedHat 6.0 installation and the X server then worked ok.
Same thing here, on a HP Vectra using the SiS6205 chipset. Thru fiddling with
the XF86Config I'm down to only black on black in some screens (like the
Control Panel Printer Configuration tool's error messages), but with the
default configuration everything was black on black.
I'v added the option "no_pixmap_cache", which resulted in one line in the
Printer Configuration being displayed correctly (the others still are black on
"no_accel" seems to be mandatory to get any text...:)
I'll try to reinstall the XF server included in 6.0 to see if that helps
*** Bug 7503 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ****** Bug 7769 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 7406 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 5409 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
adding Options "xaa_no_color_exp" to your XF86Config file will cure the problem.
*** Bug 8554 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Hmm... xaa_no_color_exp doesn't help much.
The first screen in the Print Tool from the Control Panel shows the message
informing me that I don't have access to Novell printqueues mostly in black on
black. However, this seems to be the only place that happens. Could be a bug in
the Print Tool.
try Option no_accel then and see if it works.
See Comment as of 01/10/00 06:10. I currently have the following options
I've also forced the VideoRam to 1024 (just to be sure). It still gives the
black-on-black in Print Tools.
*** Bug 8640 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 8304 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Xserver lost connection to xfont server. Had to replace reference to "unix" in
XFConfig file with a reference to location of the fonts to make it work.
SiS cards are fixed in 3.3.6, available in rawhide or with the forthcoming RHL
This might help some of you with the same graphics chipset.
I have an HP Pavilion 6350 which has SiS 5598 imbedded
in the mobo. By the way, HP claims that Linux is not supported
on the HP Pavilion [(^;].
I was using Redhat Linix 6.0 [XFree86 3.3.3] without problems.
As soon as I upgraded to Redhat Linix 6.1 [XFree86 3.3.5],
I started getting intermittent black screens and consistent black boxes
where graphic images should have been. The only thing I could do was
operate in command mode.
It turns out that the XFree86 device driver support for SiS 5597/5598
was fixed at version 3.3.3 from earlier problems and re-broken at
version 3.3.5. Such is life! Me? I never create bugs in my code
Anyways, here is a recipe for upgrading Redhat Linux 6.0 to 6.1 for SiS
5597/5598 users which works on the HP Pavilion and hopefully elsewhere:
1) You're on a stable 6.0 with XFree86 version 3.3.3.
You can use the RPM utility to verify this.
2) Put the 6.1 installation CD in the drive and shutdown/reboot.
3) Select UPGRADE.
4) Select CUSTOMISE PACKAGES.
5) Go to the end of the package list.
Only for the X device handling, decline to install it (blank
out the '*').
6) Complete the installation. You are now (hopefully) upgraded
without the 3.3.5 X device handler (like me).
My system is stable and I can type this posting with Netscape 4.7.
I do not know if the future Redhat 6.2 which is rumoured to use XFree86
3.3.6 will be okay with this graphics chipset. Time will tell.