Re: X on SIS Ultra256
From: Dances With Crows (danSPANceswitTRAPhcrows_at_gmail.com)
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 08:29:43 -0600
On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 14:00:50 -0700, ray staggered into the Black Sun and
> On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 14:31:08 -0600, Dances With Crows wrote:
>> On Mon, 07 Nov 2005 12:57:16 -0700, ray wrote:
>>> I'm looking at a laptop sold by WalMart (the other evil empire).
>> If you think they're evil, why are you considering buying stuff from
> I don't feel like paying $700 or up for a laptop, and the ones from WM
> are about all I'm finding under $600.
In 2000, I bought a refurbished P150, 32M, 2G, 800x600 laptop for $700.
Just sayin'. And the phrase "you get what you pay for" typically
applies to computer hardware. I'd suggest that you go to pricewatch.com
and check their "refurbished" or "not exactly new" section, but they
seem to have removed that. @#$%^.
>>> IC Power 15" with AMD Sempron 2600+ for $568. It lists [its]
>>> graphics [card] as [an] SIS Ultra256 - so is [this] thing supported?
>> "Ultra256" isn't a chipset name that's in "man sis" for Xorg 6.8.2.
The other guy who posted had some good advice about another place to
look for SiS chip support. I wouldn't trust SiS graphics chips, myself,
because their X support lags behind ATi/nVidia, and 3D is a pain or
nonexistent. The advice about using VESA is guaranteed to piss you off
if you do anything more complex than running a few xterms. VESA is
practically unaccelerated, and it really shows if you play games or
watch movies on a VESA X server.
>> If this machine has a make and model# ("IC" isn't listed; did you
>> mean "IPC"?), you can look it up on http://tuxmobil.org/ or
> Been to the obvious sources, and couldn't find anything.
To me, this would be a big "WARNING!" sign. If you have plenty of spare
time, you can try to find out where the bugs and hardware glitches are
in this machine. If you don't have plenty of spare time, or you think
your spare time is worth more than $X/hour, spend a little more and buy
something that has a good installation report somewhere.
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