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Re: [K12OSN] Cyrus Logic

What kind of resolution and color depth do you get on those old systems? The problem I run into is that 486 systems tend to have very little video ram. You need 1MB of video ram to do 640x480 at 16bpp, and some of the cards I have contain only 512KB. Of course, I can pick up a used 2MB PCI video card for $5, so getting around that isn't usually a problem. But I just wonder if you've run into the same thing or not.


James Jensen wrote:
--- Quentin Hartman <qhartman lane k12 or us> wrote:

On Tue, 2003-06-24 at 10:57, omrezje.net wrote:


I want to setup thin client with some old Packard  Bell 486DX-2 66MHz
/ 12MB RAM PC. I have a boot floppy and network works > boots from
server, but CAN NOT setup X GUI. VGA card is onboard CirrusLogic. Does
any of you have any experiences ow to setup XFree ???

There are some cirrus logic chips (the 5445 I think is one of them) that were supported under Xfree86 3.x, but are no longer supported under the 4.x series. I ran into this problem with some servers I put together last year. The only solution I had was to put in another video card, since running the older X was out of the question. It might be possible to run it using a generic VESA or VGA driver, but you would lose any acceleration it might offer, and I didn't try it. Go to the xfree86.org site and check their hardware list, and make sure to cross-reference your card's chipset with the version it says it is supported in, you might be in for a surprise.


Try setting it to XF86_SVGA.  Works for the old Cirrus Logic gd543x video I
have on a couple of 486's...

You also may need the assistance of the Modeline calculator:


XFree86 4.x does not support CL AFAIK...  You can check the driver status


James Jensen

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