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Seraph
11-26-2009, 12:53 AM
So I have a video card issue using Ubuntu Karmic. The newer distro is better suited for newer hardware it seems and there are some display issues due to the lack of card support.

I've asked on the ubuntu forums and they're not very much help.

I'm not putting an older distro on because I'd need to borrow a disk drive again, since mine is broken and I do not have a bootable usb device.

I'm not rushing out to buy a new video card unless someone is going to offer me a newer used one for very cheap.

I want to make my video card work better with Ubuntu Karmic, so I'm going to post my output from terminal after doing "top"

seraph@Lu-Seraph:~$ top

top - 12:46:59 up 12:44, 2 users, load average: 2.58, 1.84, 1.46
Tasks: 130 total, 1 running, 129 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 82.9%us, 13.2%sy, 0.0%ni, 3.3%id, 0.0%wa, 0.7%hi, 0.0%si, 0.0%st
Mem: 476980k total, 464184k used, 12796k free, 53812k buffers
Swap: 1397612k total, 54828k used, 1342784k free, 130160k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
1569 seraph 20 0 477m 178m 26m S 50.7 38.3 476:04.51 firefox
1246 root 20 0 70316 18m 6824 S 18.9 3.9 105:02.47 Xorg
1773 seraph 20 0 45576 19m 13m S 16.3 4.1 106:59.81 gnome-system-mo

My firefox is using over 50% of my system resources because of a display conflict.

The old video card is making it impossible to run anything graphical including the fox on my pc which is decent.

it's a p4 which usually runs really well on older distros of ubuntu, but I have Karmic on here now...

So here's the video output, if anyone can figure how to get my driver working (supported) on karmic it would be appreciated!

seraph@Lu-Seraph:~$ lshw -C Display
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
PCI (sysfs)
*-display UNCLAIMED
description: VGA compatible controller
product: 65x/M650/740 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
vendor: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS]
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: cap_list
configuration: latency=0
resources: memory:e0000000-e7ffffff(prefetchable) memory:ed000000-ed01ffff ioport:d000(size=12)

Upper Decker
11-26-2009, 01:01 AM
your going to get crap support with that card. I had a newer agp 8x 64mb SIS card that I coudnt get to run at all with anything but red hat which was crap at best. Best i could suggest is to find the closest driver and use Alien in ubuntu to convert it to a deb package and try that..The big problem with open source OS's ive had is retaining legacy drivers for it, but when your not getting paid for your work you tend to not care about maintaing software for old hardware.