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Old 30th October 2008
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Default Going graphical or not?

Hi people, this is first venture with FreeBSD. After installation I was looking forward to getting to grips with the OS. So after installation I promptly got to the login, logged in as root. First of all lets get graphical. pushed out the startx command and in a blink of an eye, nothing. My fine 19 inch flat screen flickered and displayed no signal and died with a no signal display. I was unable to get back to the command prompt.

Okay maybe I missed something.

On another PC I promptly started reading the FreeBSD docs. Following the instructions I ran the following on rebooting into FreeBSD..
Code:
# cd /usr/ports/x11/xorg
# make install clean
Again nothing.

Rebooted again and tried the next suggestion...
Code:
# Xorg -configure
# Xorg -config xorg.conf.new
Again nothing. I then read the newly created xorg.conf.new. I also rebooted into Slackware and printed off the xorg.conf used in Slackware.

Comparing Slacks xorg.conf with FreeBSD's, they are near enough identical apart from a couple of minor points.

Slacks conf "keyboard"
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
	Option       "XkbModel"  "pc105"
	Option       "XkbLayout"  "gb"
EndSection
Frees conf "keyboard"
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"
EndSection
The "Card0" in Slackware
Code:
	Identifier  "Card0"
	Driver      "radeon"
	VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"
	BoardName   "Radeon 9100 IGP"
	BusID       "PCI:2:5:0"
The "Card0" in FreeBSD
Code:
	Identifier  "Card0"
	Driver      "ati"
	VendorName  "ATI Technologies Inc"
	BoardName   "Radeon 9100 IGP"
	BusID       "PCI:2:5:0"
The screen was almost identical as well.
Slackware...
Code:
        Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth 24
	SubSection "Display"
        ..... the same from here
FreeBSD...
Code:
        Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	SubSection "Display"
        ..... the same from here
Okay the differences I edited into xorg.conf.new on FreeBSD were the
"XkbModel" "pc105" and "XkbLayout" "gb" as well as the DefaultDisplay set to 24. I left the Driver for the card set at ati. How do i know if FreeBSD has a Radeon Driver? Okay.

Same result nothing. Where am I going wrong?

Version = FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE i386
X.Org X Server 1.4.0

Important part of Xorg.0.log
Code:
(==) Log File: "/var/log/Xorg.0.org", Time date and time here
(==) Using config file: "/etc/X11/xorg.conf"
Parse error on line 378 of section Device in file /etc/X11/xorg.conf
     "ATI" is not a valid keyword in this section.
(EE) Problem parsing the config file
(EE) Error parsing the config file

Fatal server error:
No Screens Found
When I open xorg.conf in /etc/X11 it only contains 141 lines. Obviously I am missing something here. The only reference to "ATI" I can find in xorg.conf is in the VendorName under the Identfier "card0".
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