Subject: Re: Why not track our xsrc with X11R6.6 from
To: None <nathanw@MIT.EDU>
From: John Darrow <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/17/2001 10:56:46
Nathan J. Williams <nathanw@MIT.EDU> wrote:
>The part of the XFree86 approach that bothers me is that it scans the
>entire universe of PCI busses itself, looking for a video card. That
>is duplicated effort, and it's also a pretty dangerous operation.

And that's even when it works... I had a machine which had a Mach64 on
the motherboard, and an add-in video card which also was a Mach64
(with a lot more RAM).  The X server probe would hit the motherboard
video and stop probing there, even though it would later fail on some
of the tests.  I had to hack some of those tests back into the probe
routine to get it to continue on to the add-in card.

(The situation has since improved somewhat, in that the server now
notices the motherboard video is inactive and goes on by itself,
without additional hacks... I haven't tried XFree 4 and its multiple
monitor capability yet...)


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