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    Back in October 2019, I started a thread about the functioning (or not) of the SIS graphics on a Packard-Bell Easynote MX37 (model Ajax C3). The issue was that the laptop’s graphics behaved normally with antiX-full17, but not with antiX-full19. See https://www.antixforum.com/forums/topic/antix19-will-support-come-for-sis-graphics-cards/

    Recently I thought I’d revisit this issue. I attempted installing antiX-core19.4 + LXDE onto this laptop, but it wouldn’t boot to the desktop, returning instead to the terminal prompt of antiX-core (I’m used to installing this setup successfully on other laptops).

    Then, something interesting happened. I tried antiX’s sister distro, MX Linux 19.4 (XFCE version) and it booted to the desktop, with a normal graphics quality. No problems at all.

    Therefore, MX contains the SIS driver. Is it contained in /usr/share/x11/xorg.conf.d or is it located elsewhere in the file system ? If I can find it, I’ll copy it from MX to antiX, and hopefully then it’ll work. However, I’m not really sure what I’m doing here, though it doesn’t matter if I make mistakes, as it’s a spare laptop.

    Do you have any ideas how to solve this one?

    • This topic was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by mikey777.
    • This topic was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by mikey777.
    • This topic was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by christophe. Reason: requested solved

    antix19.4-core+LXDE installed on the following:
    (2011) Samsung NP-N145 Plus – single-core CPU Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics.
    (2008) Asus X71Q – dual CPU Intel T3200@2.0GHz, 4GB RAM. Graphics: Intel Mobile 4 Series (Integrated)
    (2007) Packard Bell Easynote MX37 (ALP-Ajax C3) – dual CPU Intel T2310@1.46GHz, 2GB RAM. Graphics: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671

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    Provide
    inxi -Gxxx
    for both your core+lXDE and MX Linux
    My guess is that MX Linux is using vesa out of the box, and your respin has vesa blacklisted or similar. Probably selecting Safe Video boot option on the Live USB will bring you to a graphic environment.
    It is best you first give us inxi graphics output for both systems on the same SIS computer.

    antiX Live system enthusiast.
    General Live Boot Parameters for antiX.

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    @Xecure
    Many thanks for your reply.
    The output from the terminal for MX Linux and antiX-core, dual-booted on the same machine, is as follows:

    MX Linux 19.4:
    $ inxi -Gxxx
    Graphics:  Device-1: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter 
               vendor: Packard Bell B.V. driver: N/A bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1039:6351 
               Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.4 driver: vesa resolution: 1024x768~N/A 
               OpenGL: renderer: llvmpipe (LLVM 7.0 128 bits) v: 3.3 Mesa 18.3.6 compat-v: 3.1 
               direct render: Yes 
    
    antiX19.4:
    $ inxi -Gxxx
    Graphics:  Device-1: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter 
               vendor: Packard Bell B.V. driver: N/A bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1039:6351 
                Display: server: X.org 1.20.4 driver: none unloaded: modesetting

    antix19.4-core+LXDE installed on the following:
    (2011) Samsung NP-N145 Plus – single-core CPU Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics.
    (2008) Asus X71Q – dual CPU Intel T3200@2.0GHz, 4GB RAM. Graphics: Intel Mobile 4 Series (Integrated)
    (2007) Packard Bell Easynote MX37 (ALP-Ajax C3) – dual CPU Intel T2310@1.46GHz, 2GB RAM. Graphics: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671

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    On the antiX core+LXDE (on any computer it boots graphically), see if vesa xorg package is installed
    apt policy xserver-xorg-video-vesa
    This is what mine looks like:

    $ apt policy xserver-xorg-video-vesa
    xserver-xorg-video-vesa:
      Installed: 1:2.4.0-1
      Candidate: 1:2.4.0-1

    The important part is the Installed: information (it must not be empty).
    Two cases here:

    If the Installed option shows a version, it means that vesa is installed. When you boot core+LXDE again on the “problematic” computer, select the boot menu option “Safe Video Mode”. This should bring you to a graphical boot.

    If you don’t have the vesa driver installed, you will have to install it from the command prompt or install on a separate machine and remake the ISO file (or remaster the USB if on live), and then proceed with the “Safe Video Mode” boot menu option.

    Let us know if that works for you.

    antiX Live system enthusiast.
    General Live Boot Parameters for antiX.

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    @Xecure
    Many thanks for your help – good news – it now works!
    Following your advice, it was very easy to fix. Jut for the record, this is what I did:

    Running the command apt policy xserver-xorg-video-vesa within the antix-core install, showed that vesa was absent, indicated by “none” entry next to Installed.

    So, vesa was then installed within antix-core, in the usual way, using the terminal commands:

    #apt update
    #apt install xserver-xorg-video-vesa

    On rebooting, antiX went straight to the login window, and subsequently, the graphics loaded normally.

    Many thanks again – much appreciated!

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by mikey777.

    antix19.4-core+LXDE installed on the following:
    (2011) Samsung NP-N145 Plus – single-core CPU Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics.
    (2008) Asus X71Q – dual CPU Intel T3200@2.0GHz, 4GB RAM. Graphics: Intel Mobile 4 Series (Integrated)
    (2007) Packard Bell Easynote MX37 (ALP-Ajax C3) – dual CPU Intel T2310@1.46GHz, 2GB RAM. Graphics: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671

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    Can one of the moderators mark this as [Solved] – I am unable to access the edit button to do this as it’s no longer available – Thanks.

    antix19.4-core+LXDE installed on the following:
    (2011) Samsung NP-N145 Plus – single-core CPU Intel Atom N455@1.66GHz, 2GB RAM, integrated graphics.
    (2008) Asus X71Q – dual CPU Intel T3200@2.0GHz, 4GB RAM. Graphics: Intel Mobile 4 Series (Integrated)
    (2007) Packard Bell Easynote MX37 (ALP-Ajax C3) – dual CPU Intel T2310@1.46GHz, 2GB RAM. Graphics: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671

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