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       sis - SiS video driver

       Section "Device"
	 Identifier "devname"
	 Driver	"sis"

       sis  is	an  XFree86  driver for	SiS (Silicon Integrated	Systems) video
       chips. The driver is accelerated, and provides support for  colordepths
       of 8, 16	and 24 bpp.  XVideo, Render and	other extensions are supported
       as well.

       The sis driver supports PCI and AGP video cards based on	the  following

       SiS5597/5598  SiS530/620	 SiS6326/AGP/DVD  SiS300/305 SiS540 SiS630/730
       SiS315/H/PRO						SiS550/551/552
       SiS650/651/M650/661FX/M661FX/M661MX/740/741/741GX SiS330	(Xabre)	SiS760

       In the following	text, the following terms are used:

       old series for SiS5597/5598, 530/620 and	6326/AGP/DVD

       300 series for SiS300/305, 540 and 630/730

       315/330 series for SiS315, 55x and (M)65x/(M)661xX/74x(GX), 330,	760

       Please refer to XF86Config(5) for general configuration details.	  This
       section only covers configuration details specific to this driver.

       Detailed	 information  on  all  supported  options  can	be obtained at

       This manpage only covers	a subset of the	supported options.

       1. For all supported chipsets

       The following driver Options are	supported on all chipsets:

       Option "NoAccel"	"boolean"
	      Disable or enable	 2D  acceleration.  Default:  acceleration  is

       Option "HWCursor" "boolean"
	      Enable or	disable	the HW cursor. Default:	HWCursor is on.

       Option "SWCursor" "boolean"
	      The opposite of HWCursor.	Default: SWCursor is off.

       Option "Rotate" "CW"
	      Rotate  the  display  clockwise. This mode is unaccelerated, and
	      uses the Shadow Frame Buffer layer. Using	this  option  disables
	      the  Resize and Rotate extension (RandR).	 Default: no rotation.

       Option "Rotate" "CCW"
	      Rotate the display counterclockwise. This	mode is	unaccelerated,
	      and  uses	 the Shadow Frame Buffer layer.	Using this option dis-
	      ables the	Resize and  Rotate  extension  (RandR).	  Default:  no

       Option "ShadowFB" "boolean"
	      Enable or	disable	use of the shadow framebuffer layer.  Default:
	      Shadow framebuffer is off.

       Option "CRT1Gamma" "boolean"
	      Enable or	disable	gamma correction.  Default:  Gamma  correction
	      is on.

       2. Old series specific information

       The  driver will	auto-detect the	amount of video	memory present for all
       these chips, but	in the case of the 6326, it will limit the memory size
       to  4MB.	This is	because	the 6326's 2D engine can only address 4MB. The
       remaining memory	seems to be intended for 3D texture data,  since  only
       the 3D engine can address RAM above 4MB.	However, you can override this
       limitation using	the "VideoRAM" option in the Device  section  if  your
       board  has  more	than 4MB and you need to use it. However, 2D accelera-
       tion, Xvideo and	the HWCursor will be disabled in this case.

       The driver will also auto-detect	the maximum dotclock  and  DAC	speed.
       If you have problems getting high resolutions because of	dot clock lim-
       itations, try using the "DacSpeed" option, also in the Device  section.
       However,	 this  is  not	recommended  for  the 6326. For	this chip, the
       driver has two built-in modes for high resolutions which	you should use
       instead.	 These	are  named "SIS1280x1024-75" and "SIS1600x1200-60" and
       they will be added to the list of default modes.	To  use	 these	modes,
       just place them in your Screen section. Example:

       Modes "SIS1600x1200-60" "SIS1280x1024x75" "1024x768" ...

       Of  these  modes,  1280x1024  is	 only  available  at  8, 15 and	16bpp.
       1600x1200 is available at 8bpp only.

       TV support for the 6326

       TV output is supported for the 6326. The	driver will auto detect	 a  TV
       connected  and  in  this	 case  add  the	following modes	to the list of
       default modes: "PAL800x600", "PAL800x600U", "PAL720x540", "PAL640x480",
       "NTSC640x480",  "NTSC640x480U" and "NTSC640x400".  Use these modes like
       the hi-res modes	described above.

       The following driver Options are	supported on the old series:

       Option "TurboQueue" "boolean"
	      Enable or	disable	TurboQueue mode.  Default: off for SIS530/620,
	      on for the others

       Option "FastVram" "boolean"
	      Enable  or  disable FastVram mode.  Enabling this	sets the video
	      RAM timing to one	 cycle	per  read  operation  instead  of  two
	      cycles.  Disabling  this	will set two cycles for	read and write
	      operations. Leaving this option  out  uses  the  default,	 which
	      varies depending on the chipset.

       Option "NoHostBus" "boolean"
	      (SiS5597/5598  only).  Disable CPU-to-VGA	host bus support. This
	      speeds up	CPU to video  RAM  transfers.  Default:	 Host  bus  is

       Option "NoXVideo" "boolean"
	      Disable XV (XVideo) extension support. Default: XVideo is	on.

       Option "NoYV12" "boolean"
	      Disable  YV12 Xv support.	This might me required due to hardware
	      bugs in some chipsets. Disabling YV12  support  forces  Xv-aware
	      applications  to	use  YUV2  or XShm for video output.  Default:
	      YV12 support is on.

       Option "TVStandard" "string"
	      (6326 only) Valid	parameters are PAL or NTSC.   The  default  is
	      set by a jumper on the card.

       Option "TVXPosOffset" "integer"
	      (6326 only) This option allows tuning the	horizontal position of
	      the image	for TV output. The range is from -16 to	16. Default: 0

       Option "TVYPosOffset" "integer"
	      (6326  only)  This option	allows tuning the vertical position of
	      the image	for TV output. The range is from -16 to	16. Default: 0

       Option "SIS6326TVEnableYFilter" "boolean"
	      (6326 only) This option allows enabling/disabling	the Y (chroma)
	      filter for TV output.

       Option "SIS6326TVAntiFlicker" "string"
	      (6326  only)  This  option  allow	 enabling/disabling  the  anti
	      flicker  facility	 for  TV  output. Possible parameters are OFF,
	      LOW, MED,	HIGH or	ADAPTIVE.  By experience, ADAPTIVE yields  the
	      best results, hence it is	the default.

       2. 300 and 315/330 series specific information

       The  300	 and 315/330 series feature two	CRT controllers	and very often
       come with a video bridge	for  controlling  LCD  and  TV	output.	 Here-
       inafter,	 the  term CRT1	refers to the VGA output of the	chip, and CRT2
       refers to either	LCD, TV	or secondary VGA. Due to timing	reasons,  only
       one  CRT2  output  can  be active at the	same time. But this limitation
       does not	apply to using CRT1 and	CRT2 at	the same time which  makes  it
       possible	to run the driver in dual head mode.

       The driver supports the following video bridges:

       SiS301 SiS301B(-DH) SiS301C SiS301LV SiS302(E)LV

       Instead	of  a  video  bridge, some machines have a LVDS	transmitter to
       control LCD panels, and a Chrontel 7005 or  7019	 for  TV  output.  All
       these are supported as well.

       About TV	output

       On the SiS301 and the Chrontel 7005, only resolutions up	to 800x600 are
       supported. On all others, resolutions up	 to  1024x768  are  supported.
       However,	 due to	a hardware bug,	Xvideo might be	distorted on SiS video
       bridges if running NTSC or PAL-M	at 1024x768.

       About XVideo support

       XVideo is supported on all chipsets of both  families.  However,	 there
       are some	differences in hardware	features which cause limitations.  The
       300 series as well as the SiS55x, M650, 651,  661FX,  M661FX,  and  741
       support	two  video overlays. The SiS315/H/PRO, 650/740 and 330 support
       only one	such overlay. On chips with two	overlays, one overlay is  used
       for  CRT1, the other for	CRT2. On the other chipsets, the option	"XvOn-
       CRT2" can be used to select the desired output channel.

       About Merged Framebuffer	support

       This  mode  is  strongly	 recommended   over   Xinerama.	  Please   see for detailed information.

       About dual-head support

       Dual head mode has some limitations as regards color depth and  resolu-
       tion. Due to memory bandwidth limits, CRT1 might	have a reduced maximum
       refresh rate if running on higher resolutions than 1280x1024.

       Colordepth 8 is not supported when running in dual head mode.

       The following driver Options are	 supported  on	the  300  and  315/330

       Option "NoXVideo" "boolean"
	      Disable XV (XVideo) extension support.  Default: XVideo is on.

       Option "XvOnCRT2" "boolean"
	      On chipsets with only one	video overlay, this option can used to
	      bind the overlay to CRT1 ( if a monitor is detected and if  this
	      option  is  either  unset	 or set	to false ) or CRT2 ( if	a CRT2
	      device is	detected or forced, and	if this	option is set to  true
	      ).  If  either only CRT1 or CRT2 is detected, the	driver decides
	      automatically.  In  Merged  Framebuffer  mode,  this  option  is
	      ignored.	Default: overlay is used on CRT1

       Option "ForceCRT1" "boolean"
	      Force  CRT1  to be on of off. If a monitor is connected, it will
	      be detected during server	start. However,	some old monitors  are
	      not  detected  correctly.	In such	cases, you may set this	option
	      to on in order to	make the driver	initialize  CRT1  anyway.   If
	      this  option  is	set  to	off , the driver will switch off CRT1.
	      Default: auto-detect

       Option "ForceCRT2Type" "string"
	      Force display type to one	of: NONE , TV ,	SVIDEO ,  COMPOSITE  ,
	      SVIDEO+COMPOSITE	,  SCART , LCD , VGA ; NONE will disable CRT2.
	      for  SiS	video bridges only and can be used to force the	driver
	      to use a specific	TV output connector  (if  present).   Default:
	      auto detect.

       Option "CRT2Gamma" "boolean"
	      Enable  or disable gamma correction for CRT2. Only supported for
	      SiS video	bridges. Default: Gamma	correction for CRT2 is on.

       Option "TVStandard" "string"
	      Force the	TV standard to either PAL or NTSC.  On	some  machines
	      with  630, 730 and the 315/330 series, PALM , PALN and NTSCJ are
	      supported	as well. Default: BIOS setting.

       Option "TVXPosOffset" "integer"
	      This option allows tuning	the horizontal position	of  the	 image
	      for TV output. The range is from -32 to 32. Not supported	on the
	      Chrontel 7019. Default: 0

       Option "TVYPosOffset" "integer"
	      This option allows tuning	the vertical position of the image for
	      TV  output.  The	range  is from -32 to 32. Not supported	on the
	      Chrontel 7019. Default: 0

       Option "SISTVXScale" "integer"
	      This option selects the horizontal zooming level for TV  output.
	      The  range  is  from  -16	 to  16.  Only	supported on SiS video
	      bridges. Default:	0

       Option "SISTVYScale" "integer"
	      This option selects the vertical zooming level for TV output  in
	      the  following  modes:  640x480, 800x600.	On the 315/330 series,
	      also 720x480, 720x576 and	768x576. The range is from  -4	to  3.
	      Only supported on	SiS video bridges. Default: 0

       Option "CHTVOverscan" "boolean"
	      On  machines  with  a  Chrontel  TV encoder, this	can be used to
	      force the	TV mode	to overscan or underscan.  on means  overscan,
	      off means	underscan.  Default: BIOS setting.

       Option "CHTVSuperOverscan" "boolean"
	      On machines with a Chrontel 7005 TV encoder, this	option enables
	      a	super-overscan mode. This is only supported if the TV standard
	      is  PAL. Super overscan will produce an image on the TV which is
	      larger than the viewable area.

       The driver supports many	more  options.	Please	see  http://www.winis- for more information.

       3. 300 series specific information

       DRI  is	supported  on  the 300 series only. On Linux, DRI requires the
       kernel's	SiS framebuffer	driver ( sisfb ) and some other	modules	 which
       come with either	the kernel or the X server.

       Sisfb  takes  care  of  memory management for texture data. In order to
       prevent the X Server and	sisfb  from  overwriting  each	other's	 data,
       sisfb  reserves an amount of video memory for the X driver. This	amount
       can either be selected using sisfb's mem	 parameter,  or	 auto-selected
       depending on the	amount of total	video RAM available.

       Sisfb  can  be used for memory management only, or as a complete	frame-
       buffer driver. If you start sisfb with a	valid  mode  (ie  you  gain  a
       graphical console), the X driver	can communicate	with sisfb and doesn't
       require any manual configuration	for finding out	about the video	memory
       it  is  allowed to use.	However, if you	are running a 2.4 series Linux
       kernel and use sisfb for	video memory management	only, ie  you  started
       sisfb  with  mode=none  and still have a	text mode console, there is no
       communication between sisfb and the X driver. For this purpose, the

       Option "MaxXFBMem" "integer"

       exists. This option must	be set to the same value  as  given  to	 sisfb
       through	its  "mem"  parameter, ie the amount of	memory to use for X in

       If you started sisfb without the	mem argument, sisfb will reserve

       12288KB if more than 16MB of total video	RAM is available,

       8192KB if between 12 and	16MB of	video RAM is available,

       4096KB in all other cases.

       If you intend to	use DRI, I recommend setting the total video memory in
       the  BIOS to 64MB in order to at	least overcome the lack	of memory swap

       Option "DRI" "boolean"
	      This option allows enabling or disabling DRI. By default,	DRI is

       Option "AGPSize"	"integer"
	      This option allows selecting the amount of AGP memory to be used
	      for DRI.	The amount is to be specified in megabyte, the default
	      is 8.


       XFree86(1), XF86Config(5), xf86config(1), Xserver(1), X(7)  for more information and

       Authors include:	 Alan  Hourihane,  Mike	 Chapman,  Juanjo  Santamarta,
       Mitani  Hiroshi,	 David	Thomas,	 Sung-Ching  Lin,  Ademar Reis,	Thomas

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