Xorg Not Finding AGP Card

Charlie Kester corky1951 at comcast.net
Fri Jan 29 22:30:13 UTC 2010

On Fri 29 Jan 2010 at 12:15:03 PST Programmer In Training wrote:
>First time I installed FreeBSD (yes, there was a first time, I managed
>to hose the root account and had to start over again) I was asked
>something about whether or not my vid card was PCI or AGP. I answered
>AGP (as that is all I have that is halfway decent). I had Xorg up and
>running with minimum fuss (aside from it's choice of default wm even
>when I had wmaker already installed), I had no such prompt this time,
>which I didn't think of until now.
>I've got the latest Xorg installed from ports (I think it's 7.4_2).
>#Xorg -configure
><bunch of stuff about it failing>
>No devices to configure. Configuration failed.
>Which is a pile of malarky, obviously. It also says it cannot find
>fbdev. hald and dbus are installed (although I get "no such command"
>when I try to start dbus from the cli (despite it being a requirement
>for like 50 million different packages (yes, I can nest parenthesis and
>use hyperbole all day long), half of which are probably installed by now)).

I'm not sure why Xorg isn't seeing your video card. Do you see a device
named "agpgart" in /dev?   If not, it probably means the agp module
couldn't identify your card when you last booted the machine.  What's
the make and model of your card, and what version of FreeBSD are you

You're not supposed to start hald or dbus from the commandline like
that.  Instead add the following lines to your /etc/rc.conf file:


Then run the following commands from the command line:

	/usr/local/etc/rc.d/hald start
	/usr/local/etc/rc.d/dbus start

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