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Date:      Sat, 19 May 2012 21:00:08 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: ATI Radeon HD5500 driver question
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On Sat, 19 May 2012 11:59:03 -0600, Gary Aitken wrote:
> 1.  Since the driver notes that Acceleration was disabled, but there are 
> no other errors, shouldn't the driver work in dumb frame buffer mode? 
> (Hoping to get something hobbling along...)  Or is this the result of 
> the need for KMS and I'm SOL?

Do you have drm/dri (direct renering) installed, port and
kernel module? I've been using that with a ATI Radeon 9200
(I think, RV250, no HD) with excellent 2D and 3D results
both with XFree86 and - tested with excessive gaming. :-)

> 2.  Since the server didn't exit, is it actually pretending to run? 

Check using ps or top.

> Shouldn't I be seeing the standard X grey hatched background? 

No. The default new background is plain black. Nothing to see.
No grey pattern, no twm, nothing. And in case HAL and DBUS _or_
xorg.conf settings don't really match, you don't even see the
X-shaped mouse cursor.

> 3.  The Xorg man page notes that <ctrl><alt><bksp> should cause it to 
> exit.  However, it doesn't, and I had to use kill -TERM.  Any hints on 
> why <ctrl><alt><bksp> doesn't cause it to exit?

This is also a new default to _not_ work anymore. You have more
than two (if I remember correctly) options in making it work.
You'll find them in the Handbook:

One possibility when X has been compiled _without_ HAL support
(and no hald running), placing 

	Option "DontZap" "false"

into the "ServerLayout" section should work. Additionally, I see
that I have

	Option "XkbOptions" "terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp"

in the "InputDevice" section of "Keyboard0". It "just" works. :-)

Magdeburg, Germany
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