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Please look at this possible bugfix for X.org 6.9 that affects very
popular ATI Radeon cards (X300 RV370) as sold in several forms by
Dell. The gist is that 6.9 now enables 3D direct rendering, but it
breaks on PCIe cards on FreeBSD.

The bug causes a hard lockup of the system when X is started, can't
ssh in or anything. Had to pull the plug and fsck -p to repair the
disk! Only other workaround I have found is to comment out:

Section "Modules"
#   Load "dri"

in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

see: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5341

I haven't been able to cvs the trees mentioned yet because of the
Sandia firewall, but perhaps you could take a look?

My home laptop also has this card, so I can play guinea pig. I can
also cvs out using port-forward (once I get it set up) during the day.
I know how to do that for CVSup, so it shouldn't be very different.

Thanks for all your hard work!!! :D