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From: Allen Ziegenfus <listmail@××××××.net>
To: gentoo-alpha@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-alpha] Trouble configuring Xfree 4.30 on ~alpha: won't return to text mode, unsupported relocation type errors
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 16:06:33
I've been working on migrating my PC164LX from RH7.1 to Gentoo, and I've
been having a heck of a time with configuring X. Can anybody give me a
hint as to what to try next?

I have a PC164LX with SRM and a Matrox Millenium II video card. I've
compiled everything using ~alpha packages which gives me XFree 4.30. 
Depending on how I set up my XF86Config-4 file, I get very different
results. Sometimes X doesn't come up at all. Sometimes X comes up fine,
but then when I exit X it won't return to text mode and I'm left with an
unusable blank screen, forcing me to reboot. I'm also getting hundreds
of these messages in my XFreelogs:

Elf_RelocateEntry() Unsupported relocation type 10 

When X doesn't come up at all I usually get this message: 

(II) VGA: Generic VGA driver (version 4.0) for chipsets:generic
(WW) VGA: No matching Device section for instance(BusID PCI:0:5:0)
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

I get basically the same thing whether or not I specify the mga driver.
Nothing will come up at all until I specify the BusID of my card in the
Device section. (And yet, I only have one video card.) 

If I do this, I eventually get X running fine. However,  when
I try to exit X, the monitor won't return to text mode, and I just get a
blank screen. Sometimes this is accompanied by all of the lights on the
monitor blinking on and off, sometimes not. I can then either
ctrl-alt-delete or ssh in to reboot.  Another funny thing is that when X
is starting up, it first brings up the video card init screen twice.

As to the relocation error message, I saw some posts about this message 
that recommended upgrading XFree or gcc but I'm creating a new system
here so I'm already using the latest. The only funny thing that's
happened in my installation so far is that after I got the base system
configured, I was looking through some portage documentation and I did a
emerge -u world. This upgraded some of my glibc kernel headers, and in
the message that scrolled by it mentioned that I should also re-emerge
glibc. I did this, but then later I thought maybe that that got the
packages out of sync. So I ran some commands that I got out of a gentoo
forum to basically rebuild the entire system, including the kernel. This
didn't change anything(although it took about 3 days to do). 

I tried gentoo out before about 6 months ago and I didn't have any of
these problems (although I think I was using alpha ebuilds instead of

Any ideas?


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