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Re: FreeBSD/i386 lockups with Xorg & Radeon cards

Sean Davis wrote:

Hello, first let me enumerate the hardware I've seen this happen on:

1) Athlon XP 2700+
  1GB DDR333
  ATI Radeon 9200 AGP8X w/ 128MB

2) Athlon XP 2200+
  1GB DDR333
  ATI Radeon 7000 AGP4X w/ 32MB
  ATI Radeon 7500 PCI w/ 32MB

3) Athlon XP 2200+
  1GB DDR333
  NVidia GeForce4 AGP8X (I think) w/ 32MB
  ATI Radeon 7500 PCI w/ 32MB RAM

On machine #2 (which is also machine #3), I'm trying to do a dual-head setup.
Currently the primary video card is an AGP Geforce4. But that doesn't seem
to matter.

On all of these setups (9200, 7000, 7500) xorgcfg hardlocks the machine. No
matter what I do.

Xorg works just fine in Linux on the same hardware. (but no dual-head, despite
config hacking, however that is a discussion for elsewhere)

XFree86 4.5.0 under NetBSD works just fine with every Radeon on this list.

Hence, I'm left to conclude that it's a combination of Xorg and FreeBSD -
Windows works, NetBSD works, Linux works. I've tried both 5.3-RELEASE and
5.4-RELEASE, both of them die just as well.

I *REALLY* want to get rid of windows on machine #2/#3, but it's simply not
an option without a usable dual-headed desktop setup, as that is my work
machine. However, if I can't even get xorgcfg to run without the machine
needing a three finger salute, it's simply out of the question. I can't run
NetBSD or OpenBSD on it, because I need something that I can deploy quickly,
with up-to-date binary packages, something that neither NetBSD nor OpenBSD

Does anyone have any insights to this problem? Please respond directly, I am
not subscribed to either freebsd-ia32 or freebsd-questions.

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Do you have an nforce chipset on the motherboard? I do and I have never had any version of x to work with dri on a radeon. So disable dri if it is on and try again. Also are you getting any error messages? You can check /var/run for the x logs from the last running of x. Does x lock after the startx command, or randomly later on while you are using x?