Greg - yeah, I did turn this site up on my travels. I'm not much of a coder, do you suppose for the time being I could get a diff vs. the X source that you used? Also, I'd be happy to test anything anyone comes up with in the future.

On a related note, has anyone had any luck getting the touchpad to fire up? Every time I've booted I've had a USB mouse connected without problem, but the touchpad dosn't detect at all. Kernel does include psm support.

Thanks much ~j

Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
On Thursday, 29 January 2004 at 17:01:44 -0500, Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:

On Thu, 2004-01-29 at 16:53, Jonathan T. Sage wrote:

Hello - recently purchased a dell inspiron 5100.  Out of the box, 5.2
installed wonderfully.  More than wonderfully.  The only issue I ran
into was with X. I am unable to use X with agp support compiled into the
kernel. While this is a perfectly acceptable workaround, I was curious
if there is a fix for this issue (DRI/DRM would be great sometime down
the road).  If not, and me not being a coder, what information might I
be able to provide that would help the process along in getting this
card to work properly "out-of-the-box".

Any infortmation would be fantastic

Search the archives on freebsd-mobile for answers to this. Greg Lehey has done some extensive work on this issue, and has an even nastier workaround.

The problem I had, which may no longer exist, was that the video BIOS
was not all mapped (specifically, the last 16 kB were not mapped).
The X server accesses this area at startup to get information about
the display, so it fails.  My solution was to compile the video BIOS
into the X server, agreed a very nasty workaround.  See for more details.  The
correct answer, of course, is to find out why this area isn't being
mapped.  FWIW, Knoppix Linux works fine.

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