Subject: Re: Alpha Xserver for MGA?
To: David Hopper <>
From: Stephen Degler <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/06/2002 20:06:56

I was able to build the server,  but it locks the system
up hard.   There is nothing  but the X startup on the screen,

% startx

XFree86 Version 4.2.0 / X Window System
(protocol Version 11, revision 0, vendor release 6600)
Release Date: 23 January 2002
        If the server is older than 6-12 months, or if your card is
        newer than the above date, look for a newer version before
        reporting problems.  (See http://www.XFree86.Org/)
Build Operating System: NetBSD/alpha 1.5ZA [ELF] The NetBSD Foundation, Inc.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
         (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
         (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Wed Feb  6 19:43:33 2002
(==) Using config file: "/etc/XF86Config"

I'm going to double check my patching a later tonight, but does anyone
have any ideas?

My system is running -current , updated just a few days ago, and a current
kernel as well.  Its rock solid otherwise.   My kernel conf is generic
+ kernfs , procfs, and ipsec.  I'm not using ipsec at the moment.

Thanks, for all the helpful responses BTW,

On Tue, Feb 05, 2002 at 12:35:45AM -0800, David Hopper wrote:
> 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
> > St. Petersburg, FL         "Less talk.  More synthohol." --Lt. Worf
> David