RE: Configuring XF4 for Lombard
(apologies for MS-cruft - I'm at work)
That message you refer to was probably from me, just playing the part of
a concerned citizen. I have no pretensions to moderating anything.
yaboot may sound extreme, but it's the way. it's not that hard tho. all
you need is:
- a copy of yaboot at the top level of the directory structure of the
- a valid yaboot.conf, also in / of your boot partition
- the ability to hold down cmd-opt-O-F at boot
- type "boot hd:n,yaboot" where n is the partition number
You can make it more convenient with yabin etc, but my fingers are so
used to doing this automatically that I can't be bothered setting it up
any more. :-)
From: Sergio Brandano
Sent: Thu 14/12/2000 12:17 PM
Cc: Michel Dänzer; email@example.com
Subject: Re: Configuring XF4 for Lombard
Too bad, dear Michel. There is no way that I can read the DOC
file. The message
included in clear text refers to yaboot as the solution of all
problems, but I am
using BootX and installing yaboot sounds a little extreme. I've
tried with a boot
floppy, but OF does not like it, and re-formatting the HardDisk
Recompiling XF4 from source is also off-topic.
Thank you all, for your attempts to ask my questions regarding
the specific issue.
I will install the programs I need in the MacOS partition and go
forward with it
until the correct binaries are in place, and they will hopefully
work for the Lombard,
one day in the third Millennium...
Regarding the other messages on apologies etc, I remember
receiving a very
pacificatory message from what I assume was the moderator, for
which I can
be blamed for reaction, and a certain other person can be blamed
my reaction in the first place, and a number of other people
Then I remember somebody apologising, and then myself accepting
Unfortunately I was (and I am still doing it, to a certain
extent) I was struggling
with a broken system (that motivated my original request for
help) and a text
e-mail client on another machine, so I really do not know to who
I was writing
to in the first place, although my answers were strictly related
to the replied
message. I believe the mail client did the rest, by posting my
reply to the right
person, and I apologise if this was not the case.
I also remember sending a very explanatory message, where I
is my own way to help. Although the mailing list archives are
hunting for FAQs, and I do use them, it is not always easy to
find what you
are looking for, and sometimes (like in my present case) it is
not even possible.
The way I proceed is to compile a web page with concrete help
problems I've managed to reduce to solutions. By "concrete" I
along the line of "install the package X" including a version
number if it is
necessary, with detailed instructions on how to configure and/or
my own configuration files that are one click away. I am always
page, and I am always available to reply to private requests of
help. This way
of proceding has been proven quite successful in the last two
years; so successful
that the page in question was scoring in the top five of our
sites for quite some time.
I do not hunt for credits, I only hunt for happy people.
Merry Christmas, and happy new millennium, if we do not cross in
list in the near future.
Michel DÃ¤nzer wrote:
> Sergio Brandano wrote:
> > I am returning from an unsuccessful attempt to create a
> > floppy. The reason is that at OF time, I can not specify
> > The reason is that ... I do not have a ZIP drive, and the
> > does not work for my SuperFloppy. (SF is a 120Mb internal
> > floppy drive on /dev/hdc )
> > I am stuck and in real troubles. I have work to do before
> > of the week, and I need to have this video back. Is there
> > that you have in mind and I can try?
> Looking for a Word document on this box to test kword with it,
I found the
> attached text. Hope it helps.
> I forgot who posted it to the list, please speak up to claim
your credits! :)
> Earthling Michel DÃ¤nzer (MrCooper) \ CS student and free
> Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc,i386) user \ member of XFree86 and
The DRI Project
> I've been fighting with XF4 on my Lombard for a while now and
have made some headway. I'm posting this for those having the same
troubles as I had.
> First, thanks a million to Michel Schmitz and Michel DÃ¤nzer,
who answered a lot of (stupid) questions. These two are exemplary of why
the Open Source community is !
> Anyway, here;s how I got things to work:
> Use yaboot to avoid PCI register overlaps created by OF and
> Get a fresh copy of linux-pmac-stable off linuxppc.org.
> Substitute the ~/drivers/video/atyfb.c file with the one
attached to this posting.
> Configure with ati and fbdev support, make and install
> Make sure you use runlevel 3 to tool around in.
> Get Ani's XF86-4 source off linuxppc.org
> sync the Xserver section and update the Xfree86.cf file as
posted on Ani's X-page on linuxppc.org.
> Make and install.
> Substitute the ~/modules/hw/drivers/video/ati_drv.o file with
the one attached to this posting.
> Put the XF86Config file attached to this posting in the
> Startx and enjoy great accellerated graphics (plus all the
bugs I've not discovered yet).
> Name: XF86-4_on_lombard.doc.gz
> XF86-4_on_lombard.doc.gz Type: application/gzip
> Encoding: base64
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