[PC-BSD Testing] FW: PC-BSD amd64 / radeon

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Thu Oct 16 07:08:22 PDT 2008

Christian Michels wrote:
> Hi there,
> any news concerning this issue? Did I post too less info (or too much)? What can I do to lighten up the problem?
> Best regards,
> Christian
>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>> Von: Christian Michels <ChristianMichels at web.de>
>> Gesendet: 08.10.08 13:18:49
>> An: PC-BSD Testing list <testing at lists.pcbsd.org>
>> Betreff: [PC-BSD Testing] PC-BSD amd64 / radeon
>> Hello together,
>> I've been trying the amd64 version of PC-BSD 7 and there seems to be a problem related to X and radeon. First of all here is my hardware:
>> CPU: AMD X2 BE-2350
>> Board: ASrock A780FullDisplayPort
>> GPU: AMD RV610 (onboard)
>> 1.) The first problem I encountered is when I confirm the restart at the end of the installation. My monitor turns black, a warning (from the monitor itself) appears that the refresh and sync rates are outside the allowed ranges. After that I had to press reset.
>> 2.) When I start the new installed system I come to the point where I can setup my X config. The Installation used 1280x1024 at 85Hz so I choose "Skip". This will copy the /PCBSD/xorg.conf/<...>/xorg.conf.default (I don't remember the exact path and name of the file but it was clear to me that this is the default config used in the installation) to /etc/X11/xorg.conf (correct me if I'm wrong). Before confirming the start of the X server with the new settings I had a look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
>> Section "ServerLayout"
>>   Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
>>   Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
>>   InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
>>   InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
>> EndSection
>> Section "ServerFlags"
>>   Option "DisableVidModeExtension"
>> End Section
>> Section "Monitor"
>>   Identifier "Monitor0"
>>   VendorName "AOC"
>>   ModelName "C993"
>>   HorizSync 30.0 - 95.0
>>   VertRefresh 50.0 - 160.0
>>   Option "DPMS"
>> EndSection
>> Section "Device"
>>   Identifier "Card0"
>>   Driver "radeon"
>>   VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
>>   BoardName "Unknown Board"
>>   BusID "PCI:1:5:0"
>> EndSection
>> I already loaded the radeon.ko module at boot time. So the radeon driver should work. But after confirming the start of X with this config I get the same warning as in 1) above. 
>> I read something on the list about ATI and a new version of Xorg. The author wrote that the current version of Xorg in PCBSD 7 does not supply ATI radeon cards. I'm not sure if this is true because at least the installation was OK. Any help is much appreciated. 
>> Kind regards,
>> Christian Michels
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Can you hit the vesa mode option during the bootup and does that work? 
I've heard of some bugs with the ati cards / drivers, where when you 
close X, it doesn't allow a new X session to start. Something isn't 
closing correctly. Also, we will have a 7.0.1 update out very shortly, 
and I've added the radeonhd driver to the list of drivers you can 
select, which may work better with your particular card.


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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