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Old 04-26-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
semiRocket
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Sapphire HD 3650 [AGP version]


I recently upgraded my graphic card because the old one stop working. The exact card is here.
According to this the PCI Express version works fine on Linux. I don't know if that is relevant.

I tried many recently distros and it works partially only in PCLOS 2009, but the computer freezes up after some usages. In Kubuntu 9.04 Live I have got oversized fonts and it freezed up before I managed to do anything.

I've tried all modules that includes ati, radeon, radeonhd, vesa and fglrx. In PCLOS works only with proprietary one but with already mentioned troubles and weird refresh rate. When I configure it to some normal refresh rate, on the next login brings back that old one (43Hz). When I try to run some screen saver, or anything that have something to do with video, my computer completly locks up, with hardware reset as the only option.
With open source modules X starts, shows desktop but it freezes up immediatly.

I wrote this thread in hope that some owner of this same card confirm this issue, or that some of the drivers developers see this thread and start working on this issue .

lspci:
Code:
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RV635 PRO AGP [Radeon HD 3650] [1002:9596] (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
        Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device [1787:0028]
        Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 255, IRQ 16
        Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
        I/O ports at a800 [size=256]
        Memory at dfef0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        Expansion ROM at dfec0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [58] AGP version 3.0
        Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci
        Kernel modules: fglrx

Last edited by semiRocket; 04-26-2009 at 06:52 PM. Reason: lspci output
 
Old 04-26-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
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Logs

Here's the fglrx xorg.conf automatically configured by installer, I've added only monitor refresh rates:
Code:
# File generated by XFdrake (rev 242880)

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the xorg.conf man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "ServerFlags"
    #DontZap # disable <Ctrl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
    AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
    #DontZoom # disable <Ctrl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
EndSection

Section "Module"
    Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
    Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
    Load "extmod"
    Load "type1"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx" # 3D layer
    Load "dri" # direct rendering
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard1"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "hr"
    Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Mouse1"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
    Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "monitor1"
    VendorName "Generic"
    ModelName "1024x768 @ 60 Hz"
	HorizSync   30-70
	VertRefresh 50-120
    #HorizSync 31.5-48.0.5
    #VertRefresh 50.0-70.0
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "device1"
    VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
    BoardName "ATI Radeon X1300 and later"
    Driver "fglrx"
    Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "screen1"
    Device "device1"
    Monitor "monitor1"
    DefaultColorDepth 24
    
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 8
        Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
    EndSubsection
    
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 15
        Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
    EndSubsection
    
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 16
        Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
    EndSubsection
    
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 24
        Modes "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
    EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "layout1"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
    Screen "screen1"
EndSection
And here's the Xorg.0.log from startx till logging out.

--------------------------------------------------------------

Here I've used an old Slackware 12.0 xorg.conf file with radeonhd as driver.
It seems that works well (screen savers are running, with a poor frame rate). But, everytime I start X I have to configure resolution and refresh rate. On login they are set to 640x480 with 100Hz ? monitor refresh rate. Here's the output of Xorg.0.log

--------------------------------------------------------------
The mayor problem here seems to be that automatic installers don't know how to configure my card, and I don't know either.

Please help!

Last edited by semiRocket; 04-26-2009 at 08:35 PM. Reason: more logs
 
Old 04-27-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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Question startx Screen Resolution

I've installed Slackware 12.2 and I haven't got any more computer lockups (Finally ), so I could play a little more with configurations. I'm using momentarily radeonhd driver, but the screen resolution problem remains; everytime I login into X it puts 640x480 100Hz resolution in front of me. There's a low 3D framerate, but at least it works

I'm using 17" CRT monitor.

Looking more carefully into Xorg.0.log I have noticed that it sets Screen Dimensions to 512x32mm when I was specifically set DisplaySize to 320x240 in xorg.conf and therefore Resolution is calculated to 48x610dpi when I need 81x81.
Don't know if that has anything to do with resolution issue, but I had to manually set fonts DPI to 96 in KDE Control Center for a decent size (On value Default it was huge).

If anyone knows how to solve this situation please help. Also, if anyone knows how to write a script that changes resolution and refresh rate automatically, it would be great.

My new xorg.conf file:

Code:
# File generated by xf86config.

Section "Module"
    Load        "dbe"  	# Double buffer extension
    SubSection  "extmod"
      Option    "omit xfree86-dga"   # don't initialise the DGA extension
    EndSubSection
    Load        "type1"
    Load        "freetype"
    Load       "glx"
EndSection

Section "Files"
    RgbPath	"/usr/share/X11/rgb"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/local/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/OTF/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/CID/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Speedo/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
    FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic/"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
	Option	"StandbyTime"	"10"
	Option	"SuspendTime"	"20"
	Option	"OffTime"	"30"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Fx-tech"
	Driver	"kbd"
	Option     "XkbRules"      "xorg"
	Option     "XkbModel"      "pc105"
	Option     "XkbLayout"     "hr"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Logitech USB"
	Driver	"mouse"
	Option	"Protocol"	"IMPS/2"
	Option	"Device"	"/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier	"K-700K T CMonitorMade In China"
	DisplaySize	320  240 #mm
	HorizSync	30 - 70
	VertRefresh	50-120
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Sapphire Radeon HD 3650"
    Driver      "radeonhd"
    VideoRam    524288
    # Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
	Option	"AccelMethod"	"exa" # xaa or exa
	Option	"DRI"	"on"
	Option	"ForceDPI"	"81"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "Sapphire Radeon HD 3650"
    Monitor     "K-700K T CMonitorMade In China"
	DefaultDepth	24
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       8
        Modes "1024x768" #"800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes "1024x768" #"800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes "1024x768" #"800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       32
        Modes "1024x768" #"800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier  "Default"
    Screen "Screen 1"
    InputDevice "Logitech USB" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Fx-tech" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection
 
  


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