linux mint 14 sis driver crashing

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linux mint 14 sis driver crashing

Postby johannesthoma on Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:30 am

Hello everybody,

I have a very old computer (from 1999) with a

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter

graphics card (at least this is what lspci says). I use Mint 14 XFCE, but I also tried the Mate and Chinnamon Editions.

What happens is that the screen shows the spinning wheel cursor for 1 second, then switches to a white background and
the mouse doesn't move. This repeats 3-4 times, then there's a break. Sometimes it then shows that something bad has happened, I assume that the driver crashed: Here's the last lines of /var/log/Xorg.0.log:

[ 675.665] (**) Option "xkb_rules" "evdev"
[ 675.665] (**) Option "xkb_model" "pc105"
[ 675.665] (**) Option "xkb_layout" "us"
[ 676.915] (EE)
[ 676.915] (EE) Backtrace:

Here's the /etc/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "sis"
EndSection

When I change Driver to vesa I can work but my eyes hurt .. ;)

Did anybody observe this? Is there a fix? Should I use another driver? (note: I didn't post the full files because they
are to large, if you need more specific info, please let me know)

Thanks for any insights ..

- Johannes
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Re: linux mint 14 sis driver crashing

Postby johannesthoma on Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:30 pm

Hi,

I partially solved it by disabling 2D-accelleration: xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "sis"
Option "NoAccel" "on"
EndSection

But watching videos isn't really possible now (1 frame per second ;), next thing is probably to debug the thing create a core dump and send it to the developers. Would using a sis driver from mint 13 help? Would that work at all? I wonder if somebody else has the same problem with the sis driver.

Thanks,

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Re: linux mint 14 sis driver crashing

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