Xorg & ATi/Radeon drivers on 7.0-STABLE?

Aline de Freitas aline at riseup.net
Tue Mar 25 14:53:50 PDT 2008

Em Tuesday 25 March 2008 15:35:51 C Verboom escreveu:
> Hi All,
> Just new here, so if this has been dealt with before, pls excuse me.
> I've seen only a few posts dealing w/ ATi drivers ("ati" and "radeon") on
> v7.0-STABLE and Xorg, and together with my own experience I'm inclined to
> suspect there's something wrong with this combo. Or "wrong"... it may need
> special attention, but I lack the knowledge to prove or find a definitive
> answer, and you ppl here might.
> For a while I've been running 6.2-STABLE w/ Xorg on a Dell Latitude C610.
> Worked nicely @ 1400x1050, no problems.
> A few days ago I've performed a fresh install of 7.0-STABLE. The install
> was done for User/X-User, nothing (cvs, ports, etc) has been added or
> modified apart from network settings to be able to ssh/scp.
> The problem: there's no way that I can get a decent graphics resolution
> like I was used to. The only one xorg.conf setting that resulted in stable
> graphics was 'Driver "vga"' and 'Mode "640x480"'.
> For the last 2 days (with the help of numerous Ati and Xorg-related posts
> on the net and c/p from my old xorg.conf) I've been trying to apply any
> reasonable setting using the "ati" and "radeon" drivers, only to see a
> blurred screen: HorizSync and/or VertSync way off, flickering and scrolling
> bars. No visible diff in the blurr w/ modified sync numbers, but no
> hang-ups as others seem to have stumbled upon: I can always kill the server
> w/ C-A-BS. Sometimes something seemed to happen (KDE starting? I never
> waited long before I killed the server...) as I did see a partial
> light-colored change in the blurr.
> Comparing the log of my old setup (I've put the image back twice over to
> check), there's a few -in my little experience- important differences with
> output of drivers and modules, or at least the way things such as
> capacities and capabilities are displayed, so under the hood there's so
> much changes that I cannot reasonably grasp what exactly is different and
> in what way... for which I apologize, but I'm bold enough to suspect..
> So: is the problem with me or with the new ... (drivers, modules, ???)

It looks like an ati driver issue.

I suggest you to first, try the latest git tree driver by doing the following:
git-clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/xorg/driver/xf86-video-ati
cd xf86-video-ati
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/local/man

Then deinstall the xf86-video-ati from the ports tree:
pkg_deinstall xf86-video-ati-6.8.0_1

and install the one from the git tree:
make install

If you see the same issues with the driver from the git tree, you should 
report it to the xorg mailing list at:

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