Xorg and ATI Rage-Mobility

doug at safeport.com doug at safeport.com
Wed Sep 29 14:46:25 PDT 2004

I finally got around to trying XFree86 4.3 (from the 5.2 CD). It works fine.

I could find nothing on the Xorg or XFree86 (4.4) sites. but neither works with
my system (and perhaps) this chip. I am going to post this on those sites.

I tested Free86 with the 5.x binary. Installing that does not update the package
database. Where might I find how to do that manually? I am sure the need will
arise again :)

On Fri, 24 Sep 2004, Joe Altman wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 23, 2004 at 02:22:53PM -0400, doug at safeport.com wrote:
> >
> > I have tried the default xorg.conf (from Xorg -configure), one that I
> > edited, <snip> All do the same thing - give a black screen,
> Me, too.
> > Xorg.0.log has no error messages.
> Me, too.
> >     vendor   = 'ATI Technologies'
> >     device   = '01541014 Rage P/M Mobility AGP 2x'
> The P/M Mobility AGP 2x matches what the laptop I have uses: an IBM
> A20m.
> What I see from ps ux is that both my X session and window manager
> start, but (as you point out) the screen goes black.
> It's almost as if xset comes on and blanks the screen, immediately
> pursuant to the invocation of X, for this particular chip.
> > Thanks for any ideas
> I've no ideas. I've pondered and used google and the search function
> for the lists; no joy. I do note that there is a recommendation to use
> the gatos bits (gatos.sourceforge.net) if one wishes to use the
> multimedia capabilities of this chip; this occurs during the compile
> of Xorg and/or in the Xorg log. It doesn't seem to me that the
> multimedia capabilities of the card are relevant to the basic use of X
> for a windowing system.
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