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SiS Video card 3D acceleration (SOLVED)
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:56:30 pm »
Hi guys

last night my Grand-daughters PC refused to boot, the problem was the graphics card which was an nVidia, so I've removed the card and reverted back to the onboard card which an SiS I know SiS cards can be a problem in Linux but it's actually working fine except when I try to open XBMC a error message pops up saying XBMC needs 3D acceleration which presumably the onboard card doesn't have, so my question is is there any way to enable 3D acceleration with this card or make XBMC run without 3D acceleration

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chloe@Linux3 ~ $ lshw -c display
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
  *-display UNCLAIMED     
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter
       vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: vga_controller cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:d8000000-dfffffff memory:febe0000-febfffff ioport:e800(size=128)
WARNING: output may be incomplete or inaccurate, you should run this program as super-user.
chloe@Linux3 ~ $


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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 02:51:30 pm »
Distro / version / architecture ?
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 02:57:59 pm »
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Distro / version / architecture ?

Sorry
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2015, 03:11:45 pm »
I seriously doubt if this'll work, but after reading the postings at the end of this:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/linuxmint/+bug/301958
and this:
https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/sis

you could TRY downloading the driver from this PPA:
https://launchpad.net/~michael-heide/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
direct download link:
https://launchpad.net/~michael-heide/+archive/ubuntu/ppa/+files/xserver-xorg-video-sisimedia_0.9.1-1_i386.deb
which was compiled for 14.04 using the latest source from Arch.

Then possibly (if necessary) add an /etc/X11/xorg.conf fie with these contents
Code: [Select]
Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "sisimedia"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 24
EndSection

But don't blame me if things go wrong ;)
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2015, 03:17:51 pm »
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How wrong can it go ? :)




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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2015, 03:23:27 pm »
Unbootable system requiring you to delete the xorg.conf file .. that's about it really :)

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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2015, 07:28:37 pm »
ok i installed the SiS driver as per your link and created the xorg.conf file and the world never shifted on it's axis in fact nothing noticable really happened at all so it looks like i'm in the market for another pci express graphics card

any suggestions ?






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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2015, 09:13:25 pm »
just as a matter of interest, what's the output from:
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sudo lshw -C display
now ?



Are you sure it's PCIe and not AGP ?

Maybe just luck of the draw, but every motherboard I've ever seen with SiS graphics was pre-PCIe
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2015, 07:14:52 am »
Code: [Select]
chloe@Linux3 ~ $ sudo lshw -c display
[sudo] password for chloe:
  *-display UNCLAIMED     
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter
       vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm agp agp-3.0 vga_controller cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:d8000000-dfffffff memory:febe0000-febfffff ioport:e800(size=128)
chloe@Linux3 ~ $





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Are you sure it's PCIe and not AGP ?


I'm pretty certain it's pci-e, I have at least half a dozen AGP cards lying around and this one is different, anyway I've uploaded an image of 2 video cards the card on the left (Asus) is the card that fits into the motherboard which I'm assuming is pci-e and the other is an AGP

http://imgur.com/99tN19s

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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2015, 11:59:39 am »
Yep, you're right.

That driver never got loaded  ??? .. did you check if it got loaded without an xorg.conf fie ?
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2015, 02:57:34 pm »
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did you check if it got loaded without an xorg.conf fie ?

I checked in as much as rebooting without the xorg.conf file and it made no noticable difference then I created the xorg,conf and rebooted again but still no difference

However this morning I was a local boot sale and there's a guy there every week who sells second hand PC's and parts and he let me rake through a box of cards that he had and I got 3 PCIe cards to try one is a ATI Radeon but I don't know what the other 2 are hopefully at least one of them is an nVidea because in my experience ATI is a problem, anyway I'll try them out and let you know


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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2015, 03:01:27 pm »
Further to my last post

2 of the cards are ATI, I cant figure out the make of the other as the PC wont boot with it inserted so whatever it is it's a complete non starter

Both ATI cards appear to work ok untill I try to open XBMC where it just freezes on the start screen, I've checked Additional Drivers for both cards and none are offered





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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2015, 04:47:34 pm »
does xbmc have a config file somewhere ?
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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2015, 08:42:30 pm »
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does xbmc have a config file somewhere ?


If there is I can't find it, there is a .XBMC folder in the Home directory and I've searched through but no xbmc.conf file that I can see, there's also an XBMC folder located in /usr/share but no xbmc.conf file there either

If there was one where would it most likely be and what's the best way to find it ?


EDIT

There is a bunch of xbmc crash log filer in the home directory maybe that will help

http://pastebin.com/sA3uhL6Y

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Re: SiS Video card 3D acceleration
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2015, 10:05:02 pm »
Really I doubt you're going to get this working with a legacy ATI card

But ...

Have you tried kodi instead of xbmc ?
http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=174854

Purge xbmc and xbmc.bin
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get remove --purge xbmc xbmc.bin
then add the kodi repo:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
update the package cache:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get update
then install kodi
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install kodi kodi.bin
it should then be in the menu at

Sound & Video > Kodi Media Center
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