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Re: ATI Radeon 9800 Pro blacks out, unrecoverable

On Mar 14, 2012, at 1:14 AM, Michel Dänzer wrote:

> On Die, 2012-03-13 at 10:38 -0800, K.Reitz wrote: 
>> I am new to Debian and have installed Debian 6 net install on my Apple
>> Gigabit G4 PPC. I have a serious problem with the video. I am using
>> the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256M Mac Edition AGP card which has the R300
>> processor (brand new card). The video looks pretty good once I learned
>> I must use the non-free repository for the video drivers. However I
>> have this problem of the video spontaneously blanking out and will not
>> return. When the video blanks out the screen is totally black and the
>> monitor informs me that it is not connected. I have looked into the
>> logs but I find nothing of value.
> What are the other symptoms when the screen blacks out? E.g. does the
> machine remain responsive via ssh, or at least responds to ping?
> -- 
> Earthling Michel Dänzer           |                   http://www.amd.com
> Libre software enthusiast         |          Debian, X and DRI developer

I am able to SSH into the computer when I lose the screen. The system appears to be alive and well from a shell. If I issue remotely:

root@debian:/var/log# /etc/init.d/gdm3 restart
Stopping GNOME Display Manager: gdm3.
Starting GNOME Display Manager: gdm3.

Results in my being logged out and back to the login screen. I can then log back in again and I have my screen

I'm not sure where to look as Debian is so different then I am use to (Red Hat stuff)


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