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Old 11-21-2010, 05:25 PM   #16
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Re-download the link in my last post. This time the correct driver is in the tar.gz file. It should show as version 1:6.13.0-3-mdv when installed.
 
Old 11-21-2010, 06:46 PM   #17
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Thank you.

I've installed it in my system.
This driver supports KMS, but it freezes when it is enabled after a while.

With KMS disabled, it seems to work, but it needs more testing.

I've tried to upgrade to Debian's latest driver and it produced a freeze again also without KMS, so it is not sounds good for the future of the ati driver & 200m card.

Maybe it would be good trying the Debian's 6.13.0.2 without KMS, because now I don't exactly remember if I tried exactly this driver without KMS enabled, but now I'm very tired.

I think I will try that tomorrow and I hope Mandriva's version will work with KMS turned off.

Anyway, did you use alien to transform the package or some other tools?
 
Old 11-21-2010, 07:52 PM   #18
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Are you disabling KMS for the radeon driver with "radeon.modeset=0"?

I extracted the driver from the Mandriva package and rebuilt the Debian package with the Mandriva driver.
 
Old 11-22-2010, 03:39 AM   #19
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I am disabling it via radeon-kms.conf in modprobes.d with option "radeon modeset=0", then regenerate initramfs.

What tool did you use to rebuild it?
Sorry for this question, I just would like to know the method.

I don't really understand why I didn't have problems in Mandriva with this driver and why I have in Debian with the same version... maybe there could be problems in some of it's dependencies, or... I don't know.
 
Old 11-22-2010, 08:41 AM   #20
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I used dpkg to rebuild the .deb package.
 
Old 11-22-2010, 09:58 AM   #21
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Thanks.

Interesting topic: http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?p=153437
Also: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=28402

Although my kernel is newer (2.6.35.8), I could produce my freezes with the stock kernel in Debian (and also with 2.6.36).
I've just found interesting this - maybe similar - problem...

Anyway, the system still seems working with the older radeon driver.
 
Old 11-24-2010, 02:57 PM   #22
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Thank you very much your help again.

My system is stable since I've installed version 6.12.6-1_amd64 of the radeon and ati package.

The difference in the images I can see is the lack of KMS and wakeup from standby support.
Otherwise, it works absolutely perfectly.

I am just afraid this problem will remain for a while (just like the wakeup from standby bug) and I have to throw my notebook to the trash if I would like to keep my system up to date (for example, continue to use Debian testing when they've released Squeeze).

So thank you again your help.

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Old 11-25-2010, 10:38 AM   #23
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I'm glad I could help! My laptop is still on 6.12.4, I'll probably upgrade it soon and see if I get these same problems.
 
Old 11-26-2010, 07:22 PM   #24
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Please let me know the results after you upgraded your system also if there are no problems after that.

I hope the problem will be solved by the radeon developers or by an improved version of other X components and you will not have it.

Thank you again your help.
 
Old 11-29-2010, 11:04 AM   #25
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Well I updated my radeon driver. I had to set radeon modeset=0 to get compositing back. Everything seemed to be fine for the first hour after. Multiple reboots were all successful too.

I came back to my laptop a couple hours later to find the laptop frozen, and the HDD indicator on, but not active. I had no choice but to do a hard shutdown. Upon reboot I was getting errors:
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[  464.961110] hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
[  464.961116] hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=1757087, sector=1757087
[  464.961135] hda: possibly failed opcode: 0x25
[  464.961138] end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 1757087
[  467.151613] hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
[  467.151622] hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=1757087, sector=1757087
[  467.151643] hda: possibly failed opcode: 0x25
[  467.151647] end_request: I/O error, dev hda, sector 1757087
This seems like a hardware failure, and not so much a file system corruption from the shutdown.
 
Old 11-30-2010, 05:39 AM   #26
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Can you see something in the SMART table of the HDD?
...or how about copying the data to /dev/null by dd (for example) /after backup/?

It really seems to be an HDD or controller failure.

Edit: Maybe badblocks is a good tool to test te HDD when you can't find any interesting information in other ways.
After a full backup, you can try read/write tests with 00, 01, 10, 11 default patterns written to disk.

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Old 12-04-2010, 11:29 AM   #27
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Seems the laptop is experiencing power issues, which may be the cause of the hard drive failure. So I may not be able to test the current radeon driver with the 200M chipset.
 
  


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