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Visual artifacts with XFree86 4.0.2-7 on a Sony VAIO PCG-735

Hi, debian-laptop folks,

I posted this question on the debian-x list a few days ago and got no replies.
I'll try a different crowd here:

I recently upgraded my Sony VAIO PCG-735 laptop to unstable (sid), including
XFree86 4.0.2-7.  This laptop uses the Neomagic MagicGraph NM2160 chipset
with an 800x600 HPA LCD display.

Everything went smoothly except that I'm getting funny little visual artifacts.
A picture is worth a thousand words here; see


The extraneous dots around message 2736 are the artifacts I'm referring to.
This image came from an unaltered xv "Grab", which may be a clue.  They tend
to go away with a forced redraw (control-L).  I've noticed the problem most
often in xterms with the default font; they happen much less often when a
non-default font is selected.  I have also noticed them from time to time in
other applications (for instance, konqueror).  

This didn't happen with XFree86 3.3.6.  I haven't noticed it on my desktop 
machine, which is running XFree86 4.0.2-7 with an ATI Xpert 98 card. 
Has anyone else noticed this effect?  Is it a known problem?  Should I file 
a bug report?  What other information would be useful to include in a bug 
report (my XF86Config-4 file?)?

Thanks very much for your help,

-- Fred Gray

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