Subject: Re: Alpha Xserver for MGA?
To: Dave McGuire <>
From: David Hopper <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/05/2002 00:35:45
Dave McGuire wrote:
> On February 4, Stephen Degler wrote:
> > I have a PWS500au with a Matrox Millenium 2 card in it, replacing
> > the original 8 bit TGA.  SRM is happy with the card, and I've run X on it
> > when under Linux.  I was wondering if anyone knows how hard it
> > would be to get a working Xserver under NetBSD.  I'm thinking about just
> > trying USE_XF86_4 and seeing what happens.  Any ideas or suggestions?
>   I followed the instructions found in this email message, more or
> less.
>   It's unstable when acceleration is enabled, but seems to work ok
> otherwise.  Any suggestions from more XFree86-knowledgeable folk would
> be greatly appreciated. :-)

Just to clarify the referenced post, the bsd_axp.c and bsd_video.c patches
are still required for XFree 4 to compile on NetBSD-alpha, even with the
very latest xsrc (Feb. 2, at least).

My track record so far:  I'm still running XFree4 accelerated on a PWS500a
+ Matrox Millenium II with absolutely no crashes whatsoever.  I have not
had the same luck with either an AlphaStation 255 + Millenium II, or an
AlphaServer 1200 + Millenium II.  These latter two crap out with garbled
displays, or reveal a display only to lock up with PLT errors upon
blitting.  This is with the exact same binary set as compiled on the
functional PWS500a via the referenced post above (i.e. with -Wl,-E). 
Something smells funny betwixt the different Alpha machine types, for
certain.  Your mileage may vary.

>      -Dave
> --
> Dave McGuire
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