|Daniel O'Connor||Apr 14, 2001 9:28 am||.dmesg, .chowder|
|John Baldwin||Apr 14, 2001 1:20 pm|
|Daniel Eischen||Apr 14, 2001 2:19 pm|
|Calvin NG||Apr 14, 2001 7:41 pm|
|Daniel O'Connor||Apr 14, 2001 8:29 pm|
|Daniel O'Connor||Apr 14, 2001 8:38 pm|
|Trenton Schulz||Apr 14, 2001 10:03 pm|
|Greg Lehey||Apr 14, 2001 10:21 pm|
|Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH||Apr 15, 2001 4:38 am|
|Toby Hutton||Apr 16, 2001 5:58 pm|
|Warner Losh||Apr 16, 2001 9:21 pm|
|Subject:||Re: Dell Inspiron 8000 and FreeBSD 4.3|
|From:||Toby Hutton (thut...@vet.com.au)|
|Date:||Apr 16, 2001 5:58:41 pm|
Trenton Schulz <twsc...@gloria.cord.edu> writes:
On Sun, 15 Apr 2001, Daniel O'Connor wrote:
Hi, I recently got a i8000 for work and so far I am fairly pleased with the success I am having. Currently the internal modem and ethernet work, USB works and X is running.
Just wondering? But does your Inspiron 8000 use the ATI Mobility and have a builtin DVD drive? I had a couple problems that I can't seem to figure out, and haven't annoyed me enough to do something about it...
With X, sometimes, when I'm leaving the graphics mode(switching consoles or ending my X session) the screen does a fade to a nice bright white and locks up the machine, causing me to swear and hard reboot the notebook. This is with XFree86 4.0.2 on up (I couldn't get a configuration to work with XFree86-3). I'm wondering if it's my hardware or XFree86-4 not as ready for primetime status.
I have noticed this fade to white thing happens particularly if you are using the text consoles and change font size with Fn+F7 on one console and switch to another.
My DVD drive isn't detected unless I wait for about a minute to boot the kernel (by setting the autoboot to 60). If I don't wait that long then I get "ad0 identity retires exceeded" or something along those lines (don't have the dmesg handy :(
YES! I've been getting this but I hadn't found a way to fix it - I've been DVD-less for weeks. I'll try this waiting thing out, thanks! I've spoken to Soren Schmidt briefly, he believes the Dell ATA controller isn't following spec...
Also, I can't suspend/resume which I am told is because of a BIOS bug which sucks but there's not much to be done about that :) (I can induce a suspend/resume OK but when the laptop comes back the fxp card spits millions of 'SCB timeout' and 'DMA timeout', and it seems the ata controller wedges, or doesn't reinit the controller).
APM is the only thing not working for me now. I get 'resetting ATA devices' upon waking up or something similar and the machine freezes. I'm not going to freeze it now to get the proper messages... :)
So for me, installing FreeBSD involved:
Polling mode didn't work for the PCIC - gave it IRQ 10, fixed. Sound card wasn't detected - add snd_maestro3_load="YES" to /boot/loader.conf, fixed. DVD drive not identified - wait a minute at boot, (hopefully) fixed.
Everything else, including XFree86 4.03 @ 1400x1050 works beautifully.
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