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XFree86 in -current, still no luck on the laptop
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: XFree86 in -current, still no luck on the laptop
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- Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 12:58:10 +0100
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Despite the hints I got, it is still impossible for me to get XF4.4
running on my laptop. Peter Hessler suggested to put `Option
"MonitorLayout" "LVDS"` in the Device section, which didn't work out for
me (logfile says that this option has been ignored.) He also suggested
to plug in an external Monitor - that gave me a picture on the external
Monitor, but didn't help getting a picture on the TFT either. :( The
screen always stays blank there, and the console where I start X shows
two dots per line, about one dot per second ... looks like this:
That goes on a while until it gives up. I tried `xf86cfg -textmode`, `X
-configure`, Googling for config files that work for others, using their
modelines, using sane modelines I found in the XFree86.0.log after
having it probe around, etc pp. I'm totally stuck. Unfortunately, I have
no way of getting my old working XF86Config back either (but that one
didn't contain anything special, though - it just worked, generated by
xf86cfg, with no custom modelines or anything.)
When I ran xf86cfg with the external monitor attached, it crashed when
choosing Configure/Screen (iirc ... it's the configuration window with
the single monitor in it), right-clicking and choosing "Configure".
This does NOT happen on my regular desktop PC where the nv driver is
used - there, XFree86 works fine and dandy, even xf86cfg feels quite
stable on it.
The laptop I am trying to get this to work on is a Dell Inspiron 7500
from May 2000, with a 15" TFT display (IBM ITSX93, ideal resolution is
1400x1050@60Hz, 16bpp) and an ATI Rage Mobility P graphics card.
I found the following strange log entries:
(WW) ATI(0): Inconsistent panel horizontal dimension: 1400 and 1401.
(--) ATI(0): 1400x1050 panel (ID 6) detected.
(--) ATI(0): Panel model IBM ITSX93.
(--) ATI(0): Panel clock is 107.859 MHz.
(II) ATI(0): Using digital flat panel interface.
(Why the 1400 vs 1401 thing? Could this be a bug in the driver,
(II) ATI(0): Engine XCLK 124.453 MHz; Refresh rate code 12.
(--) ATI(0): Internal programmable clock generator detected.
(--) ATI(0): Reference clock 29.500 MHz.
(WW) ATI(0): Extraneous XF86Config HorizSync specification(s) ignored.
(!!) ATI(0): Conflicting XF86Config VertRefresh specification(s)
(II) ATI(0): Maximum clock: 230.00 MHz
This doesn't make sense either - I have only one HorizSync/VertRefresh
entry in my XF86Config, respectively. Not having them doesn't help
either. Does it auto-detect something it wouldn't tell me about, without
letting me override it?
After that, I get loads of messages similar to these:
(II) ATI(0): Not using default mode "800x600" (exceeds panel dimensions)
That is clearly a lie, since my panel supports 1400x1050 - some others
are "true", though, e.g. when it talks about 2048x1536 and such.
(**) Option "TargetRefresh" "60.0"
(**) ATI(0): Target refresh rate is 60.0 Hz
(--) ATI(0): Virtual size is 1400x1050 (pitch 1408)
(**) ATI(0): *Default mode "1400x1050": 155.8 MHz, 81.5 kHz, 74.8 Hz
(II) ATI(0): Modeline "1400x1050" 155.80 1400 1464 1784 1912 1050
1052 1064 1090 +hsync +vsync
(**) ATI(0): *Default mode "1400x1050": 122.0 MHz, 64.9 kHz, 60.0 Hz
(II) ATI(0): Modeline "1400x1050" 122.00 1400 1488 1640 1880 1050
1052 1064 1082 +hsync +vsync
(**) ATI(0): *Built-in mode "Native panel mode": 107.9 MHz, 76.2 kHz,
(II) ATI(0): Modeline "Native panel mode" 107.86 1400 1400 1408 1416
1050 1050 1051 1052
"TargetRefresh" is something I tried, but that didn't help (according to
other log files I have, the default is 75Hz.) Setting either of these
modes explicitly doesn't help either.
Another ineffective option I tried was ``Option "panel_display" "True"''
Since log and config files are rather large, I decided not to post them
here in their entirety. I'd mail 'em off-list to anyone who wants to
look at them, of course, and further suggestions on how to fix this or
get more helpful information out of X would be highly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,