FreeBSD 5.2.1 and XFree86-4.x ati driver lockup problem --
brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Wed Mar 31 19:50:59 PST 2004
On Wed, Mar 31, 2004 at 09:41:16PM -0500, James wrote:
> To the FreeBSD team,
> I struggled with this one for quite a while before figuring it out, so
> here goes...
> I had been using FreeBSD 4x for quite some time on my Compaq Presario
> 1800. And, XFree86-3.6x worked nicely with the laptop's ATI Rage
> Mobility graphics chip. Unfortunately, the FreeBSD 4x branch didn't
> support the Atheros chipsets in some of the newer networking cards like
> the Netgear WG511, so I upgraded to FreeBSD 5.2.1.
> After that, I couldn't get XFree86-4x to work reliably with my laptop.
> It turned out that the X instability, which included complete system
> lockup, was caused by the ACPI module being loaded upon boot-up.
> Sometimes the Xserver would start-up sometimes not. Also, there was a
> guaranteed system lockup if you exited Xwindows and then re-entered
> Xwindows at a later time. In other words, you only got one Xsession per
> boot! So, after trying all sorts of things in XF86Config, and upgrading
> to XFree86-4.4 from XFree86-4.3 it turned out that all I needed to do
> was add the following line to my /boot/device.hints file...
> After that everything worked great! Xwindows is stable, and my new
> Netgear WG511 card is working like a charm.
You might try building a kernel without SMP and apic. That let me use
my ATI Rage P/M Mobility reliably and still keep acpi enabled.
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