Create a configuration file in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ named 99-savage.conf (or a name you prefer):
# nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/99-savage.conf
Paste following text and save the file:
Section "Device" Identifier "gfxcard" Driver "savage" # You will likely have to use NoAccel. You can try EXA, but it's likely you'll end up # with a corrupted screen or a hard lockup. Option "NoAccel" "True" # Use ShadowFB instead of acceleration. It's unlikely that acceleration will provide # any benefits on this ancient chipset anyway. Option "ShadowFB" "Enable" # The following two options might or might not improve performance. Remove the "#" to # try using them: # Option "NoPciBurst" "Enable" # Option "FramebufferWC" # If Xorg crashes on startup (hangs with black screen) you may try out the following # two lines (by removing the "#" before the line): # Option "NoDDC" # The 1024 in UseTiming is for a Notebook with a native resolution of 1024x768 pixel. # If you have a native resolution of 800x600 pixel you should use "UseTiming800" instead. # Option "UseTiming1024" # EXA might or might not work. It's likely that it won't, but if you want to try it, # uncomment the following line and comment out the "NoAccel" option: # Option "AccelMethod" "EXA" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen 0" Device "gfxcard" Monitor "Monitor 0" # You can try setting DefaultDepth to 24, but 16 will probably give faster performance. DefaultDepth 16 EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor 0" Option "DPMS" "Disable" EndSection
This decade-old chipset has little support and is likely better off without acceleration. I included a few commented-out options which might improve speed, but this configuration is likely to work as-is with any supported Savage chip. It was tested using a Savage/IX.
Unfortunately, there is no framebuffer driver for the Savage chipset. Your best bet is to set the framebuffer video mode by the vga kernel parameter. For example, put vga = 0x314 at the end of your parameters for an 800x600 framebuffer, or vga = 0x317 for a 1024x768 framebuffer.