This tutorial shows how to update XFree86 server to a newer version on Linux Mandrake 8.0.
If you are using another distribution, differences are minimum: packages's names may
be different in version and extension and you have to use the command
I assume that you have all rpm packages of new XFree86 version you need and you are logged
outside X session (best way to do this is boot Linux and write
at the Lilo's prompt, pushing Esc key for switch from graphic to
text mode, then logging as
). There are many ways to do the same thing,
so you can choose others to obtain the same result, this is only the first comes in my
rpm -e --nodeps XFree86
to remove all XFree86 packages
installed. The parameter
skips dependences check to allow removing
Move to the directory where you have copied all XFree86 packages you need, so
to install them. This packages may be the following:
If some packages missing, they will be signaled from system.
Now you must create static link to the new X server, removing old one; so move
ln -s /usr/X11R6/bin/XFree86
Well, now the last step. It is necessary a new configuration file for XFree86
only just installed; it is named
. You can copy my
or create a new one by any tools you prefer. Now use
to try new X server.
That's all; please take a look to my
XF86Config-4 file for changes
necessary to your system
. My example file is for a notebook with SiS 630 chipset and a
13'' LCD, and it must contain in
driver, otherwise X doesn't boot. If you are interested to SiS chipsets, please go in
the specific section in the Linux menù: there are many news to make your video
system working better.