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This guide is about SiS's onboard graphic chips.



There is quite poor Linux support for SiS graphics. To name it, 3D is not supported and the existing 2D driver - although powerful and works - is from 2005 and is no longer active developed.

Kernel Setup

Linux Kernel Configuration:
Device Drivers  --->
    Graphics support  --->
        <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support)  --->
            <*>   SiS chipset support

Xorg Setup

Add this line to your /etc/make.conf so that you will include only one graphics driver into Xorg server:

File: /etc/make.conf

Install Xorg using emerge xorg-x11 or update your system by running emerge -uDNva xorg-x11, but this may update parts of your system in addition to updating Xorg.

The good thing: you need no /etc/X11/xorg.conf for a basic setup.

Advanced Topics

For all available options, see the driver's homepage.

Control GUI

sisctrl is a tool for setting/changing some driver parameters during runtime on a 300, 315, 330 or 340 series or XGI Volari based machine/card or a SiS/Net2280 USB/VGA dongle. It requires the gtk+ 2.4 (or later) library. SiSCtrl will not work on the old series!

To install sisctrl, run emerge --ask sisctrl and edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf
 Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Generic VGA"
        Driver          "sis"
        Option          "EnableSiSCtrl" "yes"


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