radeon and FreeBSD freeze

Boris Samorodov bsam at ipt.ru
Wed Sep 10 13:48:52 UTC 2008

Michel Talon <talon at lpthe.jussieu.fr> writes:
> Boris Samorodov wrote:

>> The most convenient way to freeze the OS is to finish gnome session.
>> When gdm is reloading the whole mashine freezes at gnome greeter.
>> The mouse cursor freezes while being a clock-buzzer. Ctrl-alt-del
>> doesn't help, only reset does.
>> > Does disabling DRI in xorg.conf fixes the problem ?
>> Didn't try, but may do if it may help.
> This is a well known problem, with radeon cards on machines with Via
> chipsets. The freeze occurs under FreeBSD, Linux and even Windows,
> most easily with DRI but sometimes without DRI. The only solution i have
> found is to exchange the video card on the machine with a Via chipset to
> an nVidia card, and put the Radeon on a machine with an Intel chipset.
> Now i have zero problem, including with DRI. The radeon card now drives
> a beautiful 1920x1200 screen without any problem, and gives a very good
> display quality.

I have an ASUS P5K motherboard with Intel P35/ICH9 chipset together with
the radeon card.

Boris Samorodov (bsam)
Research Engineer, http://www.ipt.ru Telephone & Internet SP
FreeBSD committer, http://www.FreeBSD.org The Power To Serve

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