On Thu, 15 Mar 2007, Lubomir Toshev wrote:

I am trying to run X11 on a machine with FreeBSD 6.2 and S3 Savage
video card. The installation of X11 was successful. The initial test
is ok, everything seems to function normally. The problem occures when
I try to exit the test with Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. At that moment it
looks like an attempt is made to switch the video mode and the screen
remains black. After some time the monitor goes to power down mode as
if there is no video signal.

I've seen the same thing with a ProSavage DDR-K integrated on an MSI motherboard. It appears that the video card doesn't reset correctly when quitting X. If X is left running, Ctrl-Alt-F1 works to switch back to console mode.

Other than the reset issue, the Savage video seems to work fine.

There's a UseBIOS option documented in the savage manpage, although "UseBIOS No" didn't help with this particular system. Other options like DmaMode are probably worth trying (I would, but that system is a long way away).

Hmm.  A search just now turned up this:


(Link suggests disabling the Load "dri" option in the xorg.conf Module section may solve the problem.)

Please respond on whether that works or not.

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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