Freebsd 8.1 + xorg + radeonhd hang

Eivind E eivinde at
Mon Sep 13 22:04:20 UTC 2010

On Mon, 13 Sep 2010, Roland Smith wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 10:16:48PM +0200, Oliver Fromme wrote:
>> Eivind E <eivinde at> wrote:
>> > One of my machines has a Radeon X1550 graphics card. When first
>> > installed (then as either 7.1 or 7.1 prerelease), the radeonhd driver
>> > hung the machine hard, screen went blank, numlock and capslock
>> > didn't work, no network (so no ssh) and I couldn't do much but
>> > hard reset the machine. I had to use vesa for a while, then, after
>> > upgrading, the radeonhd driver worked up until fairly recent upgrades.
>> > Sadly I didn't try the driver very often so I don't know if upgrading
>> > src or xorg+drivers helped the problem.
>> >
>> > The machine is now running FreeBSD 8.1, but after rebuilding all
>> > packages via ports, the problem with the radeonhd driver is back,
>> > showing exactly the same behaviour as before.
>> Did you try the normal radeon driver (not radeonhd)?
>> It supports the RV515 chip used by the X1550, too.
> Keep in mind that normal radeon driver is called x11-drivers/xf86-video-ati
> now.
> If you load the drm.ko and radeon.ko (and maybe agp.ko) kernel models with
> this driver, you'll have accellerated 3D as well as 2D (both XAA and the newer
> EXA). Works like a charm on my Radeon X 1650 Pro, and should work with your
> card as well.

Tried to substitute the driver with ati and loading radeon.ko (which
automatically loaded drm.ko) and had the same results as the plain
radeon driver. X starts up once in a while, but the screen goes
to about half of normal brightness and the view is moved down and to the

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\\//   Eivind Evensen

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