Xorg installation fails

Ean Kingston ean at hedron.org
Wed Jun 22 14:20:32 GMT 2005

On June 21, 2005 08:46 pm, Simon Ulfsbecker wrote:
> Hi readers,
> I would greatly appreciate any suggestions as to why my Xorg installation
> fails.
> Xorg.0.log file can be fetched at:
> http://hem.bredband.net/simulf/Xorg.0.log

No promises I have a clue here. I am by no means an X setup expert. My 
technique is to choose hardware that is explicitly listed as compatible in 
the documentation (and early on in the probe list)  but I did notice a few 

First, your output indicates that you don't yet have an xorg.conf setup. Try 
running xorgconfig from the command line and answering the questions very 
carefully. Go through the video card database and find your exact video card 
if you can when selecting the video card.

Secondly, I noticed that xorg probed your video card as a radeon but it chose 
to use the generic ati driver. I think there is now an included radeon 
specific driver.

Third, I believe that xorg defaults to a ps2 mouse/keyboard if your hardware 
has ps2 ports without even looking elsewhere. I used to have an old serial 
mouse and XFree86 failed to find it on hardware with ps2 ports. If I 
explicitly configured xorg to use the serial mouse there was no problems.

On the mouse topic, I have since switched to using the FreeBSD moused console 
mouse utility and configuring xorg to use the sysmouse device instead. You 
have to configure this manually to get xorg to use the sysmouse properly.

As for your logitech mouse, I've used those (serial, ps2, and usb) on various 
systems without a problem using moused so unless you are having hardware 
problems it should work fine.

> During standard installation of freeBSD 5.4 my logitech USB 3 button mouse
> fails to be detected, but when doing a post install mouse configuration the
> pointer shows up and can be moved around when testing the mouse deamon.
> Still, my mouse pointer is reported as missing when running Xorg -config
> xorg.conf.new after that.
> Using a USB to PS/2-adapter might do the trick, but adhering to moore's
> law, my motherboard (Asus p4p800 deluxe) can't handle a PS/2 mouse for some
> odd reason. My box won't boot and the monitor wont power on having anything
> plugged into the PS/2 port (!).
> Some errors are also reported for my ATI Radeon 9800 pro GFX adapter, but I
> think it's the non present pointer device that is hindering me from doing
> an Xorg -config.
> I'm out of clues...
> Best regards,
> Simon
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Ean Kingston

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