I seem to have the same problem as pcpunk in this topic. My computer's graphics hardware is no longer fully supported, and there doesn't seem to be any easy way to add direct rendering support in newer distros. It looks like direct rendering was intended for 3D graphics acceleration, but it seems to be used for a lot of 2D applications as well.
I'm using the HP laptop I was trying to install Lubuntu on a few years ago:
I got Lubuntu 14.04 to install by using different software to create the bootable USB drive. It performs poorly due to the lack of support for the S3 Twister K graphics hardware (using the Savage driver). Updating large portions of the screen (for example, while dragging windows) is slow.
There is a package for Ubuntu 12.04 that provided direct rendering drivers for older hardware (mesa-legacy), but it doesn't support any newer versions of Ubuntu. I wouldn't mind changing distros, but I haven't seen one that includes the direct rendering driver. Also, this computer has no optical drive and USB booting is unreliable. What options do I have?
Edited by lti, 06 February 2016 - 12:25 PM.