Conflict between high resolution console and X

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Sat Aug 6 22:11:40 GMT 2005

On 8/6/05, Mervin McDougall <mcd_advisory at> wrote:
> Hi all
>   I have been experimenting with FreeBSD 6.0 BETA 2 on
> my laptop which uses a  ati radeon Mobile Utiliy 1
> (IGP 320M) video vard. I have been able to configure
> both high console resolution MODE_279 and X on the
> laptop, however I have noticed that this error turns
> up whenever I boot the system or restart X :
> drm0: <ATI Radeon RS100 Mobility U1> port
> 0x9000-0x90ff mem
> 0xe8000000-0xefffffff,0xe0100000-0xe010ffff irq 9 at
> device 5.0 on pci1
> info: [drm] Initialized radeon 1.16.0 20050311 on
> minor 0
> error: [drm:pid2557:radeon_cp_init] *ERROR*
> radeon_cp_init called without lock held
> error: [drm:pid2557:drm_unlock] *ERROR* Process 2557
> using kernel context 0
> After much googling and scanning of my system, I
> figured a quick way to get rid of the error message,
> by disabling dri in the xorg.conf. But that is not the
> only problem I discovered. I noticed that when playing
> music there is constant annoying repeating of the
> sound until the console displays. This only happens
> when switching from X to high resolution console.
> Switching back does not reproduce the problem.

I've always had that problem on my patched freebsd 5 (had it setup for
months) system. Scrolling (scroll lock) will do it to... It may help
to play with the sysctls for:

Configure the amount of DMA bufferspace available for a device....
jack this up to like 16384

Set the default block size such that continuous playback will achieve
this                                       IRQ rate.  This value can
be tuned to improve application performance.                          
            Increase this value when the sound lags and decrease it if
sound stutters or                                       breaks up.....
just this up to

You set them with loader.conf, here's what I have in mine:

You can check it with: sysctl -a hw.snd 

> Incidentally, I deleted my xorg.conf and restarted the
> server in error and this cause Xorg to generate X
> using its own built in defaults. Consequently this
> solved the problem of the choppy  repetitive music.
> Similarly, If I have a configured xorg.conf and I
> restart X after booting (CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE) the
> problem goes away.
> I haven't been able to pin the problem down to
> discover how to get rid of the problem and still have
> a workable  and have an xorg.conf without having to
> restart the X server. Can anyone share their thoughts
> ?
> Mervin McDougall
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