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Date:      Tue, 1 Oct 1996 10:26:10 +0100 (GMT+0100)
From: (Alain FAUCONNET)
Subject:   Re: Installation Question
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Advanced Digital Research" at Oct 1, 96 02:51:30 am

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Advanced Digital Research wrote / a ecrit:
> I'm having trouble starting an X server and building a customized kernel
> after performing an installation using the Walnut Creek FreeBSD 2.1
> CDROM distribution media.  My system configuration and installation
> steps are included at the end of this mail.  Thanks in advance for any
> help you can lend.
> 	Jon
> 1.)  Executing 'startx' causes the system to panic.  The monitor goes
> blank for approximately 15 seconds and then the system reboots.  Upon
> startup, fsck is required to repair disk inconsistencies caused by the
> panic.  

[point 2 deleted -- no clue]

> 3.)  After failing at #2 above a number of times trying different
> config file entries, I took a different approach and copied the GENERIC
> config file to MYKERNEL and added only the XSERVER option and the psm0
> option.  After building this kernel, the system was able to boot, but
> startx still paniced the system as described under #1 above.

I have seen similar problems with a P133 system  (Intel  Endeavor  MB)
and a Diamond Stealth Video VRAM 64 (a.k.a 3400) adapter.
Probable cause was that base of frame buffer  memory  was  not  mapped
correctly (adapter hardware/firmware bug ? MB BIOS bug ?  human  error
on  my  part  ? ;-). I  have  found  the  following (admittedly dirty)
workaround in the XF86Config file:

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Diamond Stealth 64 Video VRAM"
    VendorName  "Diamond"
    BoardName   "Stealth 64 Video VRAM"
    MemBase     0x8000000
    Option "sw_cursor"
    Option "Diamond"
# Use Option "nolinear" if the server doesn't start up correctly
# (this avoids the linear framebuffer probe). If that fails try
# option "nomemaccess".
# Refer to /usr/X11R6/lib/doc/README.S3, and the XF86_S3 man page.

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