Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 85641
Radeon driver fails on Fire GL E1
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:51 EDT
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Description of problem:
The XFree86 radeon driver fails on this card. VESA works.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set up X with radeon driver with this card/monitor combo
Actual Results: No X
Expected Results: X
System is a Dell Precision 650 with a Dell P992 monitor.
From the XFree86.setup.log:
XFree86 Version 4.2.0 (Red Hat Linux release: 4.2.0-72) / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
reporting problems. (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: Linux 2.4.18-11smp i686 [ELF]
Build Host: daffy.perf.redhat.com
Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.18-14smp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(gcc version 3.2 20020903 (Red Hat Linux 8.0 3.2-7)) #1 SMP Wed Sep 4 12:34:47
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(++) Log file: "/dev/null", Time: Tue Mar 4 17:51:16 2003
(++) Using config file: "/email@example.com"
(EE) No devices detected.
Fatal server error:
no screens found
Using VESA, X gives the following about the hardware:
(II) VESA(0): VESA BIOS detected
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Version 2.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE Total Mem: 65536 kB
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM: ATI Fire GL E1
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Software Rev: 1.0
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product: R200
(II) VESA(0): VESA VBE OEM Product Rev: 01.00
(II) VESA(0): Ranges: V min: 48 V max: 170 Hz, H min: 30 H max: 107 kHz,
PixClock max 240 MHz
(II) VESA(0): Monitor name: DELL P992
I can provide more info if it would be useful.
I'm not familiar with FireGL E1, but I presume it is an R300 chip, in which
case it wouldn't have existed when XFree86 4.2.0 was released, nor when
Red Hat Linux 8.0 was released, so it is most likely unsupported. That's
the bad news. Now the good news....
If I can determine if the chip is similar enough to existing supported
cards, I might be able to arrange to have it supported in our next erratum
releases. R300 chips are supported in our phoebe beta, but I'm considering
backporting this to 4.2.0 for erratum as well. In theory I can sneak in
support for this chip if we can get it to work.
Please attach your X server log and config file using the "radeon" driver.
Using the links below, attach uncompressed individual files as MIMEtype
Created attachment 90508 [details]
XF86Config with radeon driver
I used the "Radeon (generic)" setting in redhat-config-xfree86
Created attachment 90509 [details]
Thanks. The files have been uploaded.
I'm not sure whether this is a R300 - lspci give the following:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon R200 QH [Radeon
8500] (rev 80)
If it helps, ATI's specs state this card has an 8800LE chip:
This card should work 2D/3D in Red hat Linux phoebe beta.
That's good news. It's a production machine, so I'm not able to try out the
beta, but I'll look forward to the release. You mentioned a 4.2.0 erratum: will
the card work with this when ity comes out?
There will be 4.2.1 erratum for Red Hat Linux 8.0 in the near future. I
am hoping to be able to add support to 4.2.1 for various ATI Radeon and
Fire GL hardware, however it will be 2D only support. 3D requires
XFree86 4.3.0, and it is not possible to backport that amount of
Are you interested in testing 4.2.1 packages if I manage to get support
for this card into them, prior to official release?
Absolutely. I'm hoping it's a limitation of the vesa driver rather than the
monitor support that's keeping me at 1280x1024 - do you know whether this is true?
Actually, it is the video card BIOS that determines what video modes
are available. The "vesa" driver is just a dumb do-nothing driver that
interfaces with the video card BIOS using a standard interface (VESA VBE).
It is only capable of doing whatever is implemented in the BIOS.
I'll update this report when there is a test version of 4.2.1 available.
I suspect it'll be sometime within the next month, probably sooner.
I haven't had time to do the backporting of support from 4.3.0 to 4.2.1
that I had hoped to be able to do. Unfortunately, the 4.2.1 erratum will
not have support fot this hardware.
On the upside, Red Hat Linux 9 supports this card, and it should work in both
2D and 3D.
Closing as CURRENTRELEASE of Red Hat Linux 9.
It is still possible that some future erratum may have more things backported
for Red Hat Linux 8.0 also.