Suitable laptop for FreeBSD?

Aaron Lewis aaron.lewis1989 at
Thu Mar 4 00:06:21 UTC 2010

Bas v.d. Wiel wrote:
> Aaron Lewis wrote:
>>> Umm... that's incorrect.  Maybe you mean ATI doesn't supply closed 
>>> drivers for FreeBSD (although they do have Linux drivers, I think).
>> Well , the opensource ati driver doesn't work for me , no matter 
>> linux or FreeBSD , it crashes
>> I've read the documents , and found my ATI is on the support list , 
>> but it just don't work ;-(
>>> Are you saying the R400 has both integrated and discrete video 
>>> cards? Lenovo's web site doesn't seem very oriented to telling 
>>> potential customers details about their newer computers.
>>> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
>> I bought it in china , you'll had to know R400 has lots of types , 
>> mine is 2784a18.
>> Of course you can choose to buy an energy-save laptop , which has on 
>> independent Video Cards ,
>> Just an build-in intel Video Card , it's better for power saving 
>> someway.
> It's very strange that your machine should crash so early in its boot 
> process. I don't own any ATI hardware so I'm not entirely sure on 
> this, but my impression is that booting into the console should work 
> with just about any kind of video hardware. Does Windows actually work 
> with the ATI card? I'm beginning to suspect broken hardware here..
> Bas
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Yeah , when i enable "Switchable Video Card" in BIOS , my Linux won't 
start X11 ,
fglrx driver doesn't allow me to do so , it tell me directly to disable 
this feature  ,
and must turn to "Discrete Card" Mode.

And if i do so  , after boot menu , right after the progress bar  , ( 
not the boot loader )
i don't know how to describe this , it just hangs at prompt when i press 

I think it's because my ATI Video Card is kind of special , it has 
"Switchable Video Card" ability ,
some new features , even ATI official linux driver can't really handle 
this , and for BSD ,
it even don't boot.

Best Regards,
Aaron Lewis - PGP: 0xA476D2E9
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