Xorg error: New athlon laptop, radeonhd video - unable to load fbdev

Da Rock freebsd-questions at herveybayaustralia.com.au
Wed Dec 21 06:43:58 UTC 2011

On 12/21/11 07:39, Warren Block wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Dec 2011, Da Rock wrote:
>> The laptop is a compaq cq62 with a quad core phenom and a ATI 4200 
>> Radeon mobility GPU, as well as 6300 GPU.
> Sorry, I can't find any specs for a CQ62 with both ATI and NVidia. 
> There's a trademark name for the dual GPU systems, at least the 
> Intel-plus-something-else kind, but I can't recall it.
No, no- you won't. Both cards in the laptop are ATI.

The HTPC has an onboard NVidia, and a PCIe 16x ATI.
>> The HTPC/desktop is a whitebox quad core phenom on a ASUS MB (not 
>> 100% sure which) with a NVidia onboard pcie GPU, and an ATI Radeon 
>> 3450. There could be yet another GPU on there, but I can't remember.
>> That system is running 8.x FBSD (1 or 2- can't quite remember),
> The start of /var/log/Xorg.0.log would be interesting, both for the 
> version of FreeBSD and the version of xorg-server.  I don't think I 
> have anything with dual PCIe X16 slots to test.
I'll have to look closer at it when I get a spare breath, it is a little 
>> and the laptop I'm installing 9.0-RC3 on, with the view to using 
>> freebsd-update to RELEASE, because of the lack of Atheros 9285 
>> support in 8.x (tried for hours, just couldn't get the bird to fly :( ).
>> From what I understand now, having been able assimilate what has been 
>> discussed here and through google, it seems there is a conflict when 
>> dealing with multiple onboard GPUs. What exactly is the issue with 
>> getting an arbiter for FreeBSD? Aside from time, naturally.
> Usually it's finding someone able to do the work that's willing to do 
> the work.  The Foundation is funding some of that, and I've heard 
> they're interested in getting the KMS for the Radeon driver going.
Is there anyone here that _can_ do the work? What about mentoring? As 
for the financials... thats something else to consider.

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