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Date:      Mon, 14 May 2007 16:36:13 -0500 (CDT)
From:      Scott Bennett <>
Subject:   Re: ATI Radeon 9600xt (256MB DDR) on FreeBSD 6.2 ; solved?
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     On Mon, 14 May 2007 16:18:22 +0100 (BST) dharam paul
<> wrote:

>That is right sir, thugh kde package was installed,
>% echo "exec startkde" > ~/.xinitrc
>was still required to be passed to X server.
>The display is as if the screen is diagonally right
>shifted (i.e. there is empty space at the left and at
>the bottom)
>I am using VESA driver. Is further improvement
>possible so that display is stretched to whole screen.
>I have googled about this problem, but so far the
>solution seems to be a little away.

     The VESA driver is not optimal for that card.  The radeon driver will
at least get you 2-D acceleration, though not 3-D.  The reason xorg -configure
doesn't find your card is most likely the absence of a radeon kernel driver
in your kernel.  FreeBSD 6.1 still needed the following two lines added to
the kernel configuration, though 6.2 doesn't seem to need them.

device		drm
device		radeondrm

I don't recall whether you stated which version of FreeBSD you were using.

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