XFree86 4.3.0, mysterious crash

Willie Viljoen will at unfoldings.net
Fri Apr 11 10:23:15 PDT 2003

On Friday 11 April 2003 18:34, someone, possibly David Fleck, typed:
> On Wed, 9 Apr 2003, Willie Viljoen wrote:
> > I've been experiencing mysterious crashes with XFree86 4.3.0 on FreeBSD
> > 4.8-STABLE. The problem started occuring as soon as I installed 4.3.0
> > (with a portupgrade, all components have been upgraded)
> >
> > The system seems to simply hang completely, it responds to nothing but
> > a hardware reset. I have tried with both my ATI Radeon 7500 and my SiS
> > 6326 AGP, same thing. Other than that, everything works as before.
> >
> > Anyone out there had a similar problem?
> >
> > Will
> Yes, pretty much identical ones.  When I portupgraded to 4.3.0 the system
> would lock up hard whenever I tried to use X.  The log file indicated
> that the xserver tried to query the video card bios and failed, and this
> apparently led to a kernel panic.  4.2.1 works  on the system just fine,
> so I just reinstalled the 4.2.1 files from packages and haven't bothered
> trying to debug it more.  Check your XFree86 log files and dmesg logs for
> clues.
> Video card is a Radeon 7500 also.

I can't seem to find anything. I've found that when I disable Xvideo, the 
SiS6326 "seems to be" stable, I havn't had time to let it run for more than 
6 hours though, so it might not be it.

The Radeon drivers don't allow Xvideo to be disabled, so I can't say if it's 
Xv causing this or not.

The crashes seem less frequent with the Radeon than with the SiS with Xv 
enabled though, so I don't think it's the Radeon which is guilty, probably 


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