X11 setup ....

doug doug at fledge.watson.org
Sat Aug 9 22:55:19 UTC 2014

On Sat, 9 Aug 2014, William A. Mahaffey III wrote:

> 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 :(
> 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 
> :-) ....
"FreeBSD X11 mailing list" <freebsd-x11 at freebsd.org> is the one I follow. I am 
hoping for a solution to the console switching issue. Either list is probably 
okay for this issue.

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