X config problems on T41p

Jesse Sheidlower jester at panix.com
Fri Apr 2 09:51:30 PST 2004

I'm running FreeBSD 5.2.1 on a ThinkPad T41p. I'm using XFree86
4.4.0, installed from the binaries on the XFree site (the video
card, an ATI Radeon FireGL T2, was apparently not supported with
the radeon driver shipped with 4.3).

Initially, X was working fine, with no config file at all, yet
I've run into problems trying to use a config file. I generated
one with XFree86 -configure, but this set the driver to "ati",
instead of to "radeon" which seems from its docs to be the one
supporting my card. In any case, whether with the driver as "ati"
or as "radeon", the trackpoint doesn't function at all, nor does
the touchpad (which I disabled in the BIOS anyway, as some Web
pages said this was necessary to use the third button and I
don't like the touchpad anyway). Everything else seems to be
OK but I can't get anywhere without any pointer.

The InputDevice section maps the Device as /dev/sysmouse, 
which I thought is correct; there's no /dev/mouse.

The several Web pages about FreeBSD on a T40 or T41 don't
say anything helpful; this doesn't seem to be a problem
for these users (the T41 guy did say that no config file
was needed, but my problem is I _want_ to use one to set
other details).

Thanks for any suggestions.

Jesse Sheidlower

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