How to install SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers in ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid)

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This tutorial will explain How to install SiS 771/671 Mirage 3 Video Drivers in ubuntu 10.04
First you need to downlod the drivers from here .Once you downloaded you need to unzip them.

Open up a terminal and go to the path you've unzipped them in.(use the cd command to navigate to directory's) f.e; cd /home/user/Downloads

sudo cp sis671_drv.* /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/

type in your password and press enter

then stop X server

We need to stop X or we won't be able to auto-generate a

sudo service gdm stop

you'll have to do next part blindly

Switch to tty1 by pressing Ctrl+Alt+f1

(f2 for tty2, f3 for tty3, etc.. (f7 should be X)

Even though you won't be able to read it (yet) you can login

type in your username and press enter

type in your password and press enter

Now you're logged in you want to become root; type;

sudo bash

type in your password

Now your root; type in

Xorg -configure

(this will create a in your home directory)

and start gdm again with

service gdm start

Once there; Open up a terminal again;

move the auto-generated to /etc/X11/xorg.conf


sudo mv /etc/X11/xorg.conf

and restart gdm by typing;

sudo service gdm restart

Fix the plymouth and the unreadable tty problem like this

Open up a terminal and type

sudo bash

enter your password


echo blacklist vga16fb > /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-vga16fb.conf


update-initramfs -u

and reboot your system


Source from here

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24 Responses

  1. Pablo Ignacio says:

    If after doing this your screen resolution is a mess yet, then you should do this:

    ~# sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    And check in the device section if you have configured the correct driver:


    Driver “sis671”

    If you don’t, then change it. It’s a detail, just then it worked for me.

  2. wirda says:

    thanks pablo. it’s worked for my sis 771/671 too. thanks for that great idea 😀

  3. james anelay - of petsbath says:

    thank you so much – for a new ubuntu user this was a pain in the a*se. Thank you very much 😀

  4. Johnny says:

    hello, I have set my vga card “[SiS] 771/671 PCIE” but does not support 3D, any comments, to solve this problem?


  5. Leo says:

    @Johnny – Forget about 3D support on linux, for SiS graphics cards.
    SiS is very tied up with M$FT, in such a way, that they don’t release the source code, for their cards.
    The 2D support we have today, is in all parts, due to the developers community and, some SiS employees that now and then give some help.

    This was one of the main reasons, that i stopped buying anything with this chipset (graphics wise!).



  6. breck dark says:

    That is very success…

    Thank you very much ………..

  7. sgrun says:

    Thank to your sharing,I followed
    I get my thing working with ubuntu 10.04,Thank you so much?

  8. hika says:

    After I stop gdm, I just got flickering screen. Even after blindly input my password. What should I do?

    Please help.

  9. espakanga says:

    Excellent post! Worked first time.

    hika – the flickering screen is normal. Just make sure you follow the instructions carefully and you don’t have caps-lock on etc.


  10. This is the ONLY solution on the net which works for 10.10 and this graphics driver! Thank you very much! You have earned yourself a regular reader!

    Thanks again 🙂

  11. Lars says:

    I’ve followed the steps described in the article and the first comment, by Pablo Ignacio, however the machine boots to tty1. When I press Ctrl+Alt+F7 it’s stuck during boot at
    * Setting sensors limits

    What do I do?

  12. yerdos says:

    Does this solution work for ubuntu 10.10?

  13. Lars says:

    There are plenty of bug reports on Launchpad (1) regarding this driver. I’ve yet to make it work on 10.10, but will try this guide later:


  14. Camicius says:

    the hellbunker solution work very well to me, and it’s much simpler!

  15. Hellnest says:

    It will work in other distribution that using similiar kernel and latest x-server.

    For the older kernel i will upload it later, i still got some problem with my connection here.

  16. neeck says:

    That worked for me! (Turbo x laptop)
    Thank you for this solution!

  17. mr_i says:

    THANX best Tutorial on this issue .. i wonder why its not patched in 10.04

  18. roykevin says:

    when i do the:
    service gdm restart
    after moving the to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    i have a notification that UBUNTU IS RUNNING IN LOW-GRAPHICS MODE

  19. Tom says:

    Hi, great guide! My auto-generation of /etc/X11/xorg.conf wouldn’t work, so I had to create one from scratch. It should read:

    Section “Device”
    Identifier “Device0”
    Driver “sis671”

    Hope it helps someone…

  20. Rajeev Purohit says:

    Thanx a lot, I got my thing working and all praise to your work.

    Thanx once again.

  21. xavierescola says:


    I followed all your instructions, but when I arrived to the point:

    “and restart gdm by typing; sudo service gdm restart”

    my monitor becomes black and says something like “Frequencies not supported”

    Then I type: Crtl+Alt+F1 and I try to continue with the other instructions, but when I reboot my screen stays black with the message “Frequencies not supported”….

    I have re-installed Ubuntu 10:04 and followed the instructions with the same results

    I have a [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA card integrated in an Asus P5SD2-VM Motherboard.

    Any idea? Thanks

  22. Shashi says:

    I tried for one day with these instructions and other. Following link solved the problem –

    For Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (select)-> Lucid 10.04 32-bit click here to get the driver I compiled.

    What you need to do –
    1. Download the drivers he is telling
    2. Add the /etc/X11/xorg.conf that he has distributed
    3. Restart

  23. AlexsanderF says:

    Thank’s man, you save mu life!

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