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From: walt <w41ter@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Re: Advice about ati-drivers? [50% SOLVED]
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 23:30:48
Message-Id: jlg12h$kp7$
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Re: Advice about ati-drivers? [50% SOLVED] by Nikos Chantziaras
On 04/03/2012 04:28 AM, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
> You cannot use two drivers at once. Either use the kernel driver > (which does KMS), or ati-drivers.
Thanks Nikos, that's the part that (apparently) the gentoo wiki doesn't emphasize enough, because my googling has found dozens of us confused gentoo Radeon users making the same mistakes over and over. (And along the way I discovered that you've been saying the same thing over and over :) Just two more comments, now that I have the ati-drivers working: First, I forgot to use eselect opengl to select the ati version instead of the xorg version. That helped a lot :p Second, although I realize now that I didn't need kernel drm support in the first place, there is definitely a bug in the drm kernel code somewhere. Even after I finally got the firmware to load properly I still got a "EDID not available" error in dmesg, and hence the black screen during boot. A real problem was that the EDID error was not clearly flagged as an error, so I overlooked it until I stumbled across a post from years ago in this mailing list from someone who didn't miss it. (Thanks to that person, who's name I've forgotten already.) Now that I have the ati-drivers working I, of course, am losing interest in kernel drm support and how to prod someone into fixing it. Shame on me...