Problem with an ATI x2900 video adapter

Michael D. Norwick mnorwick at
Sun Apr 10 13:08:25 UTC 2011

On 04/10/11 06:44, Warren Block wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Apr 2011, Michael D. Norwick wrote:
>> surprised this afternoon when, while the installation of gnome2 was 
>> working, I think it was building GCC 4.4 and friends, the HP 2010i 
>> LCD monitor I use on the machine appeared to lose the input to its 
>> DVI port.  The HD activity light was still flickering so I let it 
>> continue and waited a hour or so for it to quit indicating activity 
>> before I pressed the reset button.
> Sounds like the video card went into power save.  Pressing a shift key 
> might have brought it back.
>> I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this or, if a PR 
>> is necessary against the Xorg radeon driver.
> It's not clear whether you were running in the console or X.  If X 
> wasn't even installed yet, the radeon driver could not have been at 
> fault.

Yes, Xorg was running with gdm and gnome2.  I was building packages from 
ports in a gterm.
No, no combination of Shift-Fn or <Meta-key>-Fn did anything.  The 
keyboard was active as the Caps-Lock and Num-Lock lights worked.
The monitor power save features are disabled.
I wonder if the Linux Catalyst Control Center app. from ATI would work 
under VirtualBox-OSE?

Thank You,

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