Via Unichrome P4M800 CE-pro
fxfrpt at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 16:39:18 UTC 2007
I bought a Clevo laptop which uses a via P4M800 CE-pro graphics chip and
a synaptics touchpad, and I cannot make it work under Kubuntu. Actually,
I have tried half a dozen linux distributions, and the only one with
which it is almost usable is Fedora Core 6. I say almost because that's
with the vesa driver, and the fonts are not very good-looking.
I tried the via and the unichrome driver, which do not work at all: no
X, often with the machine freezing completely.
With vesa, kde loads, I can enter my password but when I move the cursor
everything freezes and I have to reboot. My xorg.conf files detects a
keyboard and a mouse and a Wacom tablet. I thought that was the problem,
but removing everything related to wacom does not make the slightest
I googled and read everything relating to synaptics touchpads under
Ubuntu, manually inserted all the relevant devices and options in
xorg.conf, to no avail.
I tried downloading the Openchrome driver from cvs and compiled it, but
it won't work, which seems logical since my version of the chipset is
not supported yet.
I then tried downloading and compiling the kernel display driver code
from viaarena, which involves compiling the driver then mesa, but I get
stuck at the step that says
cp -a [Via Driver Package Name]/src/3D/DRI_FC6 src/mesa/drivers/dri/via
compiling fails because there's no makefile
the DRI_FC6 is also surprising, since there's a DRI_Ubuntu, but it is empty.
This is even though the via driver and mesa compile just right. But I
can't get a via_drv.ko , whatever I try.
I've been trying this for two weeks now, and I feel very frustrated, to
say the least...
Can anyone offer a suggestion that I haven't tried yet? thanks a lot.
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