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How well are the S3 Chrome GPUs supported?

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First of all, gotta say I'm amazed by this distro. So far it has turned every old slug I toss it on into a very usable and responsive machine, even a miserable Pentium 4 with only 768 MB of RAM. Naturally, that makes it my first choice for an old laptop, a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo K7610W. The problem is, this laptop has some sort of S3 Chrome GPU (will specify tomorrow) and the last time I tried Linux on it (Xubuntu, if memory serves), it would only run at paltry 640x480. Now I hear that there are drivers for Chromes out there, like OpenChrome, but there seem to be couple of different ones. Can anyone share experience on which ones play the nicest with Bodhi?

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Cheers and welcome to the forums, Atoss!

 

Chrome doesn't really have "drivers", so are you asking about alternative browsers (aka alternative browsers?)?

 

Glad you like the base environment - let us know!

 

Oblio

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Oblio... Chrome is a GPU made by defunct S3 Graphics (bought by VIA); it has no relation to Chrome browser.

Atoss you can boot from USB with a Bodhi stick an see if it's ok or not. I'm sorry that I cannot help you with more advice.

Back in the day I had high hopes for the Chrome GPU.. too bad it lost traction.

Good luck!

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cooler,

 

Crazy, as a hardware guy with 17 or so years of experience, I am humbled! 

 

Thank you for the lesson!

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Well I'll be damned!

 

The openChrome driver seems to work perfectly so far, at least as far as desktop performance is concerned, gives me the display's native resolution. Will test video playback sooner or later, maybe even 3D acceleration if I'll have enough spare time. 

 

While not related to the GPU directly, the UI is very responsive for such an old brick, even moreso than the period-accurate Windows XP. The laptop still insists on double-functioning as a crotch warmer, but that's to be blamed on the rather hot CPU. (Thermal paste is rather fresh). 

 

Overall, the only thing I'm dissatisfied with is the fact that I didn't know this distro earlier. Keep up the good work, devs!

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While not related to the GPU directly, the UI is very responsive for such an old brick, even moreso than the period-accurate Windows XP. The laptop still insists on double-functioning as a crotch warmer, but that's to be blamed on the rather hot CPU. (Thermal paste is rather fresh). 

 

Overall, the only thing I'm dissatisfied with is the fact that I didn't know this distro earlier. Keep up the good work, devs!

 

XP is a hog compared to Bodhi...a massive hog. 

 

Who doesn't love a good crotch warmer?  The Midwest has been pretty cold this winter, could be handy to have around!

 

We're glad you found us - many new users share the same lament from not finding us earlier.  We're glad to have you!

 

Cheers!

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cooler,

 

Crazy, as a hardware guy with 17 or so years of experience, I am humbled! 

 

Thank you for the lesson!

 

With 17 years of experience never heard of S3? it makes me think..... :D

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Okay, to help out the topic starter:

 

S3 videocards and (onboard) GPU's are known for bad support under Linux. I can't think of any reason why other than S3 cards/GPU's are somewhat rare although they produced the very known Virge cards and Savage 3D cards. And since they were not really focussed on the Linux operating system the support for Linux is just poor. I do know that S3 was purchased by HTC from Via same few years ago. So knowing this, support for S3 graphic cards will not be expected. And the S3 Chrome videocard is also an old card, latest release date is 2009...

 

Did you installed the xserver-xorg-video-openchrome driver? Ths is basically the standard driver that comes pre-installed.

 

What you could do is checking the Phoronix website about the OpenChrome drivers:

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OpenChrome-One-Dev-Roadmap

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OpenChrome-0.4-Released

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=search&q=OpenChrome

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OpenChrome-DRM-2017

 

As far as i can see, there's a lot going on about these drivers.

 

check here also:

https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Openchrome/

https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Openchrome/SupportedHardware/

 

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome

This page shows you how to install the drivers and provides you more info. Keep in Mind, Bodhi is a derivative of Ubuntu, so all commands will work.

 

 

The reason why your system is running on low graphics (640x48) depents on which driver you are using, if your GPU is even supported, etc.

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With 17 years of experience never heard of S3? it makes me think..... :D

 

They say the memory is the first thing to go! :)

 

Evidently I was more of an ATI/3dfx kind of guy...donno?!

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