[SunHELP] Need Help - SS20 Solaris 9 - SX (cg14) Graphics

Sanford Barton xc68000 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 12:29:24 CDT 2009

So I know this is antique hardware, but I dusted off my SS20 recently and
did a fresh install of Solaris 9.
The system is configured with 2 x 200Mhz Ross RT626 cpus, 448mb RAM and an
8mb VSIMM for the SX graphics.

My Solaris 9 media is the 2002 original media kit and I applied the latest
9_Recommended patch cluster.  Also applied the mandatory Gnome 2.0 patches
(for the Gnome distro on the Contrib CD) and a few others.

I've also installed a lot of stuff from the CSW archives from the /current

Problems -

I'm playing around with various window managers and combinations of apps
that works best on this beast.  Try as I might I can't get many of the
alternative window managers to fire up.  I'm using the SX graphics obviously
and experimenting with both 8 and 24bpp.

1.  CDE - Works fine
2.  fluxbox (from CSW) - Works fine
3.  xfce4 (from CSW) - Starts but will eventually kill the Xserver and
aborts back to the dtlogin screen
4.  windowmaker (from CSW) - I can get it to start 1 out of 3 tries, but it
quickly dies and aborts back to the dtlogin screen.
5.  windowmaker (from Sol9 Contrib CD) - Same as 4.
6.  enlightenment (from CSW) -  Immediately dies and aborts back to dtlogin
7.  Gnome2 (from Sol9 Contrib CD) - Same as 3.

There really is no more information.  No core files and the Xerrors file
just shows something like Xsun:0.0 terminated unexpectedly.

So I'd really like to get some feedback from anyone who has or had a SS20
and SX graphics running Solaris 9 and how that all worked out.  Is there
some general instability in the SX graphics drivers that prevents some of
the more modern window managers from working?  Or maybe there is some
obscure patch that I'm missing.  The 9_Recommended included the big X11
(112785-65) patch so that should all be up to date.


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