suggested xorg-compatible video HW for FreeBSD/amd64 ?

Gary Jennejohn gljennjohn at
Mon Nov 28 12:04:59 UTC 2011

On Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:20:08 +0100
Luigi Rizzo <rizzo at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am looking for suggestions for a video card that works with
> some Xorg driver on FreeBSD/amd64 (either RELENG_9 or HEAD).
> I am not interested in anything fancy, just plain 2d desktop
> and video playback.
> I have some new machines with i7-2600k CPU but the onboard
> card is not recognised by the newer intel drivers, and the vesa
> driver crashes as soon as i do something (such as changing
> resolution to something different from 1024, or switching vtys, etc).
> I understand that there is work in progress on the Intel side
> but i will post a separate msg on the topic.
> I can get some nvidia (GeForce: 210 or GT520) or ATI (Sapphire Radeon:
> HD5450 or HD5570) but am unclear if/how they are supported. The
> nvidia drivers on the nvidia page say there is only FreeBSD/x86 support,
> and googling around doesn't give any good or encouraging suggestions.
> Can anyone with xorg working on FreeBSD/amd64 share some info on his
> configuration ?

Are you aware of this?

It's the result of a FreeBSD Foundation project to integrate the
brain-dead Linux in-kernel graphics support.  Not 100% finished

As to ATI - I don't think that either radeonhd or the ati driver support
these newer chips, but I could be wrong.  I'm running radeonhd but I
have integrated graphics based on the older ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics

Gary Jennejohn

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