FreeBSD 5.2.1 won't run with ATI RADEON
bobmc at bobmc.net
Sun Jan 28 05:11:15 UTC 2007
BrendaBPowers at aol.com wrote:
> I am new to Unix and purchased a copy of FreeBSD 5.2.1 from Fry's to begin
> learning. FreeBSD is used at my work and I wish to learn the OS myself.
Perhaps this is a political situation where person(s) at work who
already have BSD skills do not have the time to help or the organization
structure makes that unfeasible. Anyway, your initiative is commendable.
> After installation the 'startx' command will not start the GUI KDE. I get an
> error message ' no screens found'.
Assuming you have created an account for yourself, create a ".xinitrc"
file in your directory with:-
.. but the X server must be configured first from the root account.
> I have tried all the combinations of horizontal-vertical sync that are within
> the range of my monitor but all fail.
What do you mean by fail? It could be distorted display or none at all.
Try as root:-
X -configure #creates a file prints on the console
cd # root directory
X -config xorg.conf.new
If you can't move an X on the screeen with a mouse. Hit
ctrl-alt-backspace and try a change in xorg.conf.new
- in section Screen enter - DefaultDepth 24
- in subsection Display under Depth 24
enter Modes "1280x1024"
If ok, cp xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
> Since I am completely new to Unix I do not know how to send you the log file.
That's ok, because X creates a big file
> I found that with Suse, if I installed
> at the lowest resolution the OS would resolve the problem during the first boot
> and reset the resolution to the max. size. FreeBSD does not do this.
> Can anyone help?
> Brenda Powers
Results depend upon the combination of your video card and monitor.
Recent Linux distributions feature a lot of scripts and daemon programs
to figure out all these combinations. BSD stays relatively baggage-free
by asking you to do a few manual procedures which are usually
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