5.2 and Dell Inspiron 5100

Jonathan T. Sage sagejona at theatre.msu.edu
Thu Jan 29 16:33:12 PST 2004

Greg - yeah, I did turn this site up on my travels.  I'm not much of a 
coder, do you suppose for the time being I could get a diff vs. the X 
source that you used?  Also, I'd be happy to test anything anyone comes 
up with in the future.

On a related note, has anyone had any luck getting the touchpad to fire 
up?  Every time I've booted I've had a USB mouse connected without 
problem, but the touchpad dosn't detect at all.  Kernel does include psm 

Thanks much ~j

Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> On Thursday, 29 January 2004 at 17:01:44 -0500, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
>>On Thu, 2004-01-29 at 16:53, Jonathan T. Sage wrote:
>>>Hello - recently purchased a dell inspiron 5100.  Out of the box, 5.2
>>>installed wonderfully.  More than wonderfully.  The only issue I ran
>>>into was with X. I am unable to use X with agp support compiled into the
>>>kernel. While this is a perfectly acceptable workaround, I was curious
>>>if there is a fix for this issue (DRI/DRM would be great sometime down
>>>the road).  If not, and me not being a coder, what information might I
>>>be able to provide that would help the process along in getting this
>>>card to work properly "out-of-the-box".
>>>Any infortmation would be fantastic
>>Search the archives on freebsd-mobile for answers to this.  Greg Lehey
>>has done some extensive work on this issue, and has an even nastier
> The problem I had, which may no longer exist, was that the video BIOS
> was not all mapped (specifically, the last 16 kB were not mapped).
> The X server accesses this area at startup to get information about
> the display, so it fails.  My solution was to compile the video BIOS
> into the X server, agreed a very nasty workaround.  See
> http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-jul2003.html#25 for more details.  The
> correct answer, of course, is to find out why this area isn't being
> mapped.  FWIW, Knoppix Linux works fine.
> Greg
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