Bug 106102 - Radeon 9800 supportable if Chip Id added
Radeon 9800 supportable if Chip Id added
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: XFree86 (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Mike A. Harris
David Lawrence
: 105962 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: 105962
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Reported: 2003-10-02 15:30 EDT by Chris Ricker
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-11-04 00:30:40 EST
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Description Chris Ricker 2003-10-02 15:30:05 EDT
Dell Dimension 4600 with a Radeon 9800 128MB ram

During installation, tries to start radeon, fails, falls back to vesa.

After install, using radeon driver works if I tweak the XF86Config with a new
Chip Id.

The device is seen as:

01:00.0 Class 0300: 1002:4e48
        Subsystem: 1002:3002
        Flags: stepping, 66Mhz, medium devsel, IRQ 16
        Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
        I/O ports at de00 [size=256]
        Memory at fe9e0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        Expansion ROM at fea00000 [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: [58] AGP version 3.0
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
01:00.1 Class 0380: 1002:4e68
        Subsystem: 1002:3003
        Flags: bus master, stepping, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 64
        Memory at e8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
        Memory at fe9f0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800]
01:00.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R350 [Radeon 9800]

The problem is that, although the radeon driver works with this chipset, it
doesn't recognize its ID because the 9800 chipset isn't on the whitelist of
supported hardware. If I put:

        ChipId          0x4e45

in XF86Config (which according to Google is a Chip ID for a 9700) then it works....
Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2003-10-05 13:50:38 EDT
I've just backported the latest support from CVS for all XFree86.org known
ATI Radeon/FireGL hardware.  The latest updates are provided by the following
two patches in XFree86 4.3.0-36, and will appear in rawhide soon.


Yet to be done, is to take the latest PCI ID list from ATI, plus their
Catalyst drivers Windows .INF file PCI ID's, then apply a couple new
patches for new hardware coming out, then verify the billion locations
where these all show up in the driver/Xserver/pcitable/yadayada.


Please test 4.3.0-36 and let me know if it works for you, and if it
is autodetected by r-c-x properly.

Thanks Chris
Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2003-10-05 14:14:30 EDT
*** Bug 105962 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Dax Kelson 2003-10-05 15:40:57 EDT
Chris is out of town this week, so I'll test this out and report.
Comment 4 Mike A. Harris 2003-10-06 05:26:10 EDT
Thanks Dax.  RPMS are on my people.redhat.com ftp space under

Comment 5 Dax Kelson 2003-10-13 00:48:46 EDT
I tried out -37.  The Xserver would start without having to add the ChipId line.


Problem I saw though, the console (whole machine maybe??) locked up while the
GNOME desktop was still loading. I couldn't do a CTL-ALT-F1 to get a text

That was with a fully up2date (I subscribed the machine to the beta updates
channel) with the exception of the kernel.

Anyways, I did this testing 10 mins before I had to leave to catch a 18 hour
plane ride to Australia to teach a class. Sorry I didn't have a chance to chase
down the lockup.

I won't be back until next week, but Chris will be back this week (starting

Speaking of which I'm +16 hours from my normal time zone (MST), so my Monday is
almost done.
Comment 6 Chip Turner 2003-10-24 16:30:29 EDT
I also am seeing this lockup (though in -40), both on AMD64 and i386 RHEL3
final, running the Fedora XFree86 RPMs.
Comment 7 Chris Ricker 2003-11-04 00:30:40 EST
I'm closing this, since it works w/o Chip Id now....

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