Subject: Re: XFree86
To: Charles M. Hannum <>
From: John Evans <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/17/1995 22:08:13
On Tue, 17 Jan 1995, Charles M. Hannum wrote:

>    I just got a Diamond Stealth card, so I finally got around to installing 
>    X... after finally making sure all the dot clock values, monitor sync
>    rates, etc, etc, etc, etc. were right, we eliminated all of the error 
>    messages, but now when I do a startx, (or xinit, or X :0, or anything)
>    it says goes through your standard stuff as it tries to load then
>    gives me an "X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown)"
>    I'm using NetBSD 1.0 w/ XFree86 3.1... I have 16 megs of RAM and it's on 
>    a 486/66.... 
>    Anyone have either any specific ideas or know where I can turn for general
>    help?
> Did you try redirecting stdout and stderr to a file, and see if the
> server generated any more messages?

Actually, right after I sent the message, I did that, and though it
didn't help much, a number of other things we tried finally got the
server to start, but we've checked and double checked the settings
of the clocks, the frequncies, everything everywhere a number of times,
and it is still very broken: the screen is all flickery and scrolly like
the frequencies are set wrong or something.... but as I said, we've
been over and over that.  I'm using the Stealth 911/924 with a NEC
Multisync 5FGe... 

Here's the actual output (after having redirected both stdout and stderr
to a file):

XFree86 Version 3.1 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6000)
Operating System: NetBSD 1.0_BETA 
Configured drivers:
  S3: accelerated server for S3 graphics adaptors (Patchlevel 0)
      mmio_928, s3_generic
Using pcvt driver (version 3.0)
(using VT number 2)

XF86Config: /etc/XF86Config
(**) stands for supplied, (--) stands for probed/default values
(**) Mouse: type: Logitech, device: /dev/tty01, baudrate: 1200
(**) S3: Graphics device ID: "Diamond Stealth"
(**) S3: Monitor ID: "NEC Multisync 5FGe"
Warning: The directory "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/" does not exist.
         Entry deleted from font path.
Warning: The directory "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/" does not exist.
         Entry deleted from font path.
Warning: The directory "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/" does not exist.
         Entry deleted from font path.
(**) FontPath set to "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/,/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
(**) S3: Option "nolinear"
(--) S3: card type: ISA
(--) S3: chipset:   924
(--) S3: chipset driver: s3_generic
(**) S3: videoram:  1024k
(--) S3: Ramdac type: normal
(--) S3: Ramdac speed: 110
(**) S3: clocks:  25.00  36.00  50.00  80.00 110.00
(--) S3: Maximum allowed dot-clock: 110.000 MHz
(**) S3: Mode "800x600": mode clock =  50.000, clock used =  50.000
(--) S3: Using 6 bits per RGB value
(--) S3: Virtual resolution set to 800x600
checkDevMem: warning: failed to open /dev/mem (Operation not permitted)
	trying aperture driver
checkDevMem: warning: failed to open /dev/xf86 (No such file or directory)
	linear fb access unavailable
(--) S3: Using a banksize of 64k, line width of 1024
(--) S3: Using a single 64x64 area for expanding pixmaps
(--) S3: Using 8 planes of 960x423 at (0,601) aligned 8 as font cache
MIT-SHM extension disabled due to lack of kernel support
PEXExtensionInit: Couldn't open default PEX font file  Roman_Msh: warning: running as root with dot in PATH
X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
X connection to :0.0 broken (explicit kill or server shutdown).
xinit:  connection to X server lost.

waiting for X server to shut down 

And here is my XF86Config file:

Section "Files"
    RgbPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
    FontPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc/"
        FontPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/"
        FontPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo/"
        FontPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/"
    FontPath	"/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/"

Section "ServerFlags"
#    DontZap

Section "Keyboard"
    Protocol	"Standard"
    AutoRepeat	500 5

Section "Pointer"
    Protocol	"Logitech"
    Device	"/dev/tty01"

Section "Monitor"
  Identifier "NEC Multisync 5FGe"
  VendorName "NEC"
  ModelName "5FGe"
  Bandwidth 135.0
  HorizSync 22-79 KHz
  VertRefresh 55-90 Hz
  ModeLine "800x600" 50 800 856 976 1040 600 637 643 666

Section "Device"
  Identifier "Diamond Stealth"
  VendorName "Diamond"
  BoardName "Stealth 924"
  VideoRam 1024
  Clocks 25 36 50 80 110
  Option "nolinear"

Section "Screen"
  Driver "Accel"
  Device "Diamond Stealth"
  Monitor "NEC Multisync 5FGe"
  Subsection "Display"
#   Depth 8
    Modes "800x600"

Any thoughts?