Subject: Re: X11 on i386
To: Adam Ciarcinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John F. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 10/18/1998 12:15:16
> X still hangs up from time to time. Usually when the CPU is quite busy
> (e.g. when I complie something).
> To Space Case: I stopped using KDE since it's buggy. I havn't tried
> kpanel yet.
> To Dave Sainty: I only use XF86_SVGA for now, so it's not a bug in
I assume you've got an S3Virge chip, then.
I have a new system I'm trying to set up, and I'm also seeing random lockups
using X with such a chip (SVGA driver). I know it's not the getty issue
because (a) I've copied my system configuration files over from my old box,
which has been running quite happily since NetBSD 0.8 ;-), and (b) the system
does not respond to ping. Note: I have DDB *disabled*, which means the
system has not panicked (it should core dump and reboot, but it just wedges).
I have only been seeing this problem with high-color modes, but that's with
fairly light loads (like an "ls"). Perhaps it's just waiting for a high
enough load to lock up in 8-bit mode as well.
Is your graphic card an AGP card? The XF86 documentation (such as it is)
does warn that AGP has been tested on only a few chipsets, which does not
include the S3 chips. I really ought to get around to sending in a bug
report to see if this is a plausible symptom of a bug in XF86, or if it's
some kind of motherboard problem (QS440BX by BMC Advanced Research)...
(I'm running -current as of about 4 days ago.)