SUMMARY: Problems with Virge GX on Solaris 2.6

From: Aleksandar Milivojevic (
Date: Sun Nov 22 1998 - 11:45:34 CST


I didn't solved problem completly, but I found that there is a lot of
people that have this same problem with their S3 Virge based VGA

The only thing I found so far (in the article posted by somebody that
calls himself "RuffNeck <>" on
alt.solaris.x86) is that only in resolution 1024x768 with 256 colors
Xsun works as it should (which appears to be the default resolution
that kdmconfig will suggest on theese cards). In any other resolution
or color depth, the problem with fonts is back. Makes me wonder
whether SUN tested their X server on Virge cards in any other
resolution than 1024x768x256 for longer than 5 minutes...

So, for now there are basicly two solutions:

 - use 1024x768x256 mode
 - buy VGA card based on some other chipset

For now, I'm using the 1024x768x256 mode, and I'm planning to get some
cheap Trio64 or Mach64 based card with 2MB of RAM and use it in
1152x900 with 32k colors until SUN fixes bug in their X server.

I also tried to use XFree86 X server, but for some strange reason on
Solaris 2.6, applications from /usr/dt/bin and /usr/openwin/bin will
not run on it localy ("can't connect to display :0"). On Solaris
2.5.1 this worked.

The original question is bellow:

Aleksandar Milivojevic ( wrote:
> Hi,
> This might be a little off topic, but I have serious problems with Xsun
> on DEC 5100 with S3 Virge GX chip on motherboard.
> The X server (Xsun) starts up and appears to run normally, for a
> while. However, after some time, some fonts begin to display garbled
> (totally unreadable; I can send screenshots on request), while others
> work just fine.
> The other problem occurs after quiting the X session. After doing it,
> the console mode also becomes garbled, the screen being divided
> vertically. The observed effect is that the text that should appear
> on the left of the screen appears both on the left and in the middle.
> Like this:
> Apparently the video card driver fails to reset the card to text mode
> correctly.
> Is there a patch for this problem? I have patch 105194-03 from driver
> update 3 installed, and I found references to 105194-05 but I couldn't
> find it on sunsolve ftp server.

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