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Re: Trying to get XFree to work on a PowerBook G3.

On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 12:27:20AM +0100, Peter M. Lemmen wrote:
> Hello,
> I recently inherited an old PowerBook G3 (Oldworld, I believe. It wouldn't
> boot the CD, and BootX is working fine.) and have been installing Debian on
> it. It actually went quite well, with only a minor heart-attack when
> installing quick, which made the system no longer boot (and me not knowing
> the reset key-combination. :-) But I got it working again and am now trying
> to configure XFree, which is where I am stuck.
> I have tried using the fbdev, ati and atimisc drivers both from the stable
> (4.1.0) and testing (4.2.1) release. I've systematically tried different
> values for all options I imagined could have an impact, like using the
> kernel framebuffer interface, refresh rates for the screen and removing
> driver modules. The results are pretty much all similar.
> atimisc simply dies with a message of no screens found. I assume this is a
> wrong driver.
> ati and fbdev let the server start, but usually hang the whole machine with
> a black screen. fbdev sometimes lets me kill the server after a while (with
> Ctrl-Alt-Backspace), ati always hangs. fbdev also sometimes produces bands
> of garbled pixels, but then it always hangs the machine.
> The kernel framebuffer driver itself seems to be working fine. I've not had
> any screen problems working in text mode and 'fbi' (a framebuffer image
> viewer) also works without problems.
> I use the following kernel arguments with BootX:
> video=atyfb:vmode:14,cmode:32,mclk:65
> I would appreciate any hints on which direction to go from here.

Take a look at 

Re: Linux 2.4 on PowerBook G3 pismo

And the thread it's in. Your powerbook may be a lombard or pismo,
that would probably be useful to know (I think the lombard has a 
bronze keyboard).

"The way the Romans made sure their bridges worked is what 
we should do with software engineers. They put the designer 
under the bridge, and then they marched over it." 
-- Lawrence Bernstein, Discover, Feb 2003

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