xf86config for Toshiba satellite pro laptop
vaughan.moore at verizon.net
Tue Aug 31 03:49:23 PDT 2004
One of my problems was the listing for the savage driver and chipset were
not working well together. Using the text version of the configuration
program took the chipset line out when I selected the generic Savage driver.
That fixed it! Thanks so much for your help!
From: Kevin D. Kinsey, DaleCo, S.P. [mailto:kdk at daleco.biz]
Sent: Sunday, August 29, 2004 7:10 PM
To: v_moore at bigfoot.com
Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: xf86config for Toshiba satellite pro laptop
Vaughan Moore wrote:
>I'm a complete newbie and I'm trying to set up X server on a Toshiba
>Satellite pro 4620dvd laptop. Everytime I run through xf86cfg or
>xf86cfg -textmode I get the error message "The XFree86 configuration
>seems to have failed. Would you like to try again?" Obviously, this is a
Sounds like it. Wonder why? Are you running the program with root
privileges? (You should be...)
>Here are what I think are the valid parts of the XF86Config file, but I may
>be missing something - please let me know.
> Driver = "mouse"
> Option = "Protocol" "Auto"
> Option = "Device" "/dev/sysmous"
> Driver "Keyboard"
> Option "Skbmode1" "pc101" (note: my laptop only has 85 keys"
> Option "XkbLayout "us"
> HorizSync 31.5-31.5
> VertRefresh 50.0-70.0
> Driver "s3"
> VendorName "S3 Inc."
> BoardName "86C270-294 Savage/IX-MV"
> ChipSet "SuperSavage/IX64"
> BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
> Default Depth 8
> Display Depth 1
> Display Depth 4
> Display Depth 8
> Modes "640x480"
> Display Depth 15
> Display Depth 16
> Display Depth 24
>My main questions are:
>1) The Toshiba documentation and Web site do not tell me what my internal
>monitor's horizontal sync or vertical refresh rate is. (although it does
>give me refresh rates for an external monitor - 60/75/85 @16M colors). Is
>there a place I can go to find this information?
Well, this is pretty common. Many desktop monitors don't give such
information, either, and you either Google for it or guess, usually. What
happens if you call "startx", or have you?
>2) Are there other obvious reasons the configuration would fail other than
The most obvious one I can think of is that, IIRC, the driver for the
Savage chipsets is "savage", not "s3". But I could be wrong; can't
remember ever trying X with the "savage" driver. Have you tried the
"vesa" driver? Might do something for ya...
Secondly, your Horizontal sync range isn't a range. Perhaps opening
that up a bit would allow you to try it out.
Certainly there could be other issues as well. I mentioned permissions
above, for one. If you have the above in /etc/X11R6/XF86Config, if you
run "startx" you should get either a server running or some error output
in /var/log that might help...OTOH, I've never set up X on any laptop; I
don't know if it's unsafe to try with a relatively untested config
the values look sane enough for a CRT display ...
>3) Are there any sites I can visit for more info?
XFree's site at xfree86.org; the FreeBSD handbook at
come to mind.
>Thanks so much!
You are welcome.
>Also, did I post this to the right list? If not, please let me know where
>it should go.
Works for me.
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