X11 setup ....

William A. Mahaffey III wam at hiwaay.net
Sat Aug 9 21:26:13 UTC 2014

On 08/09/14 15:37, doug wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Aug 2014, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>> On 08/09/14 12:03, doug wrote:
>>> On Sat, 9 Aug 2014, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:
>>>>   .... I am following the instructions at
>>>> [1]http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/x-config.h 
>>>>   tml to get my newly installed xorg setup. I stepped through 
>>>> everything
>>>>   up to the 'Xorg -config xorg.conf.new -retro' which didn't fail, bit
>>>>   didn't behave quite like it was supposed to .... Machine is AMD 
>>>> Jaguar
>>>>   Kabini based, quad core, 1.3 GHz, 25W, gfx on die:
>>>>   Aug  9 10:23:34 kabini1 kernel: CPU: AMD Sempron(tm) 3850 APU with
>>>>   Radeon(tm) R3     (1297.59-MHz K8-class CPU)
>>>>   xorg detects it as: BoardName   "Kabini [Radeon HD 8280 / R3 
>>>> Series]"
>>>>   The above test is supposed to give a black & grey grid on the 
>>>> screen,
>>>>   w/ an X-mouse. I have the mouse, & it moves around, although
>>>>   click-&-drag does nothing, & I might have the grid, although it is
>>>>   pixel-by-pixel, not finitely sized grid .... The troubleshooting 
>>>> page
>>>>   is little help .... Am I good to go or not :-/ ? TIA ....
>>>> -- 
>>> Look in /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Errors are somewhat esoteric unless you 
>>> know a lot about X11 but they are clearly marked. You can subscribe 
>>> to the X11 mailing list or just search the archives of that list.
>>> You can see if you are good to go by trying startx.
>> Thanks. My question was poorly articulated, should have been 'am I OK 
>> for XFCE ?' .... I plunged on & started XFCE, & it works mostly 
>> pretty good, but the gfx is definitely spotty, lotta flickering, 
>> background on desktop looks a bit dicey, window frames are granular & 
>> flickery. I just looked through /var/log/Xorg.0.log & there are *no* 
>> errors (no '(EE)'s) .... what now :-/ ....
> Ah - my desktop of choice. The X11 list might help. I excel at 
> choosing PCs whose video card are not supported. However flickering 
> and worse in my experience has meant driver errors. Have you tried the 
> vesa driver? You will not get the full use of the card but if that 
> driver does not work it may mean hardware issues. If you have a 
> windows partition, it is good to test the hardware.
> I am afraid this one is above my pay grade :(
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It's already on the vesa driver, & the 'gfx card' is on die w/ the CPU 
.... No sweat, I figured I might have a few glitches w/ such new 
hardware .... When you say X11 list, do you mean the FreeBSD/X11 list, 
or X.org ? Thanks :-) ....


	William A. Mahaffey III


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