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Date:      Tue, 12 Sep 1995 10:17:13 -0400
From:      StevenR362@aol.com
To:        questions@freefall.freebsd.org
Cc:        mshaf@darkwing.uoregon.edu
Subject:   Re: PC SVGA support
Message-ID:  <950912101712_97387525@mail04.mail.aol.com>

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In a message dated 95-09-12 01:26:12 EDT, you write:

>From: mshaf@darkwing.uoregon.edu (Michael Shaffer)
>Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 15:57:06 -0700
>Subject: PC SVGA support
>
>  This is my first query ... assuming this message ends up somewhere, let me
>know if I sent it to the wrong place ... and where the right place is.
>
>  My first question has do with SVGA support, i.e., I can find info on the
>WEB regarding SCSI controllers and ethernet cards, but nothing for video
>cards. I'm currently using a Matrox card -- is it supported?
>
>  I'm considering either Linux or FreeBSD for remote access to X/Windowing
>UNIX systems on campus. I'd appreciate comments regarding FBSD's support for
>remote access via modem

     The Matrox cards work fine in text mode only.  If you want to run X on
them
you will have to buy a commercial Xserver (Accellerated X from Xinside?).
XFree86 does not support them as  Matrox requires a non-disclosure for
programming info.  I've tried getting the XFree86 generic VGA server working
on my Matrox card with some small success.  It comes up but bounces around
and has artifacts.  With some tinkering with the dot clocks you might be able
to
get 640-480 to work.  The above applies to both Linux and FreeBSD as they
both
use the exact same XFree86 code.

   As far as remote X access over modem goes it should work just fine.  I've 
played around with it using a term connection to redirect X.  A bit slow but
usable.

STeve




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