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Re: X isn't working



On Mon, 16 Jul 2001, Branden Robinson wrote:

>> (II) LoadModule: "mga_hal"
>> (II) Loading /usr/X11R6/lib/modules/drivers/mga_hal_drv.o
>> (II) Module mga_hal: vendor="The XFree86 Project"
>> 	compiled for 4.0.3, module version = 1.0.0
>> 	ABI class: XFree86 Video Driver, version 0.3
>> (II) MGA(0): Matrox HAL module used
>
>As I understand it, the HAL module is not necessary in XFree86 4.1.0 for
>basic functionality.  Consider moving this module out of the way.

I think the HAL is needed for dualhead on G400, and for any of
the available TV-foo features.  Not 100% sure as I don't use HAL
though.

>> This is disconcerting.  But I am confident it will work out.
>
>You're using experimental XFree86 packages in conjunction with a closed
>source server module that Debian doesn't supply, and using a server option
>that is known to cause problems in some configurations (for all I know, it
>is the combination of mga_hal and fbdevhw that is the problem; both are
>ways of communicating with the MGA hardware).
>
>Unless you're interested in being a guinea pig, I suggest a more
>conservative approach.  Otherwise, I suggest we take this problem report
>upstream.

Our builds disable support for the hallib.  I don't know if that
is an option for your packages, but it is:

#define UseMatroxHal	NO

For those who use X builds with HAL support built in, and have
the Matrox HAL, you should send bug reports directly to Matrox.
They are fairly responsive in my experience.  Luugi Marsan, Karl
Lessard are two engineers there working on XFree86 support.
<lmarsan@matrox.com>.

Hope this helps.


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