MSI RAdeon R4670/512 and xf86-video-ati/xf86-video-radeonhd-devel crashes!

Robert Noland rnoland at
Mon Nov 9 12:38:33 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-11-09 at 10:16 +0000, O. Hartmann wrote:
> Hello.
> Please respond also to my eMail address, since I'm not subscriber of 
> these lists! Thanks.
> Since I utilise a MSI Radeon R4670/512 RV730-based graphics card, I'im 
> incapable of using either
> x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati or
> x11-drivers/xf86-video-radeonhd[-devel]

Try updating xf86-video-ati, patch attached.


> The box is a ASUS P5K-Premium based system (Intel P35 chipset, CPU Intel 
> Q6600), running FreeBSD 8.0-RC2/amd64 successfully. The X11 subsystem 
> ist the most recent as one can find in the ports collection. I'll attach 
> the logfile of the currently running Xserver.
> My box got a new 24 inch TFT display so using VESA driver or lower 
> resolutions than 1920x1200 isn't acceptable. The situation is as follows:
> In all cases it doesn't matter wheter kernel module 'drm.ko' is loaded 
> or not.
> Driver 'radeon' (x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati) crashes the box immediately 
> without any  messages. I can see the xdm-login requester, but just 
> before this shows up, I realise that the mousepointer sprite gets a kind 
> of 'distorted', it shows up some 'stripes'. They vanish. When log in and 
> the desktop is about to show up (using windowmaker), the screen stays 
> black, the box crahes and in some lucky situations, it reboots, in less 
> lucky situations it remains frozen.
> Driver 'radeonhd' (xf86-video-radeonhd-1.2.5_2) works, but without 
> 'options EXA' and without 'options DRI'. It is bumpy, but shows a 
> 1920x1200 pixel screen in full colours.
> Driver 'radeonhd' (xf86-video-radeonhd-1.3.0) doesn't work, it shows the 
> same behaviour as 'radeon' (xf86-video-ati). I can wathc the mouse 
> pointer sprite getting striped and a kind of distorted, then the box 
> crashes.
> Those crashes occur mostly when switching from xdm-login requester to 
> desktop. In some cases I can switch to the console (pressing 
> ctrl-alt-[F1--F7]), but at some point, this also freezes/crashes the box.
> I'm a little bit confused, since the ATi-RV730LE chipset is supposed to 
> be supported. I run another box, an older nVidia CK804-based Athlon3500+ 
> box equipted with a MSI R4830/512 graphics card. The same base OS 
> (FreeBSD 8.0-RC2/amd64. The graphics board runs perfectly with ALL(!) 
> radeon-type drivers, options EXA and DRI enabled, kernel module drm.ko 
> loaded.
> Can someone help? Since I do not have Windows XP/Vista/7 running on the 
> box in question, I can not update the firmware of the MSI R4760 with a 
> potentially existing firmware-update (since those tasks can only be 
> performed via a special software from MSI running on XP/Vista as far as 
> I know).
> Thanks in advance,
> Oliver
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