C&T ct65545 problem

Yan Seiner yan at seiner.com
Mon Oct 26 06:50:00 PDT 2009

Tiago Vignatti wrote:
> Yan Seiner wrote:
>> I have a very, very old laptop - 1995 vintage - that I want to 
>> repurpose for a net-terminal.  It has a Chips and Technologies 65545 
>> video chipset.  This works with X as I've run it in the past with 
>> both freeBSD and an older version of linux (something with a 2.4 
>> kernel and an old version of xfree.)  I decided to upgrade this to a 
>> current version to get some net tools.  Now I can't get X to 
>> recognize the C&T chipset.
>> I am using xorg 7.4, with the chips driver.  X fails with:
>> (II) Primary Device is: ISA
>> (EE) No devices detected
>> Unfortunately I don't have pcmcia working either so I can't copy and 
>> paste quite yet.
>> I suspect that the driver cannot auto-probe the ISA bus and it's 
>> looking for some sort of IRQ or base address.  But how do I go about 
>> finding this?  I don't recall having to do anything special in the 
>> past, but who knows....
> recently versions of the server don't support ISA anymore.
Well, after some trial and error, I got vesa to work for X and 
framebuffer to work for text screens.  (For some reason, X Frame buffer 
won't work, but as the hardware is 15 years old, it's not worth fixing.)




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