Subject: x problems on iMac DV
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Mauro <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/30/2005 23:34:42
Hi, phew ! I just installed netbsd on a iMac DV.
I've already looked thru the mailing lists and only found an unanswered
question to this list from a few years ago at
I'm wondering if iMac DV (with an ATI Rage 128) can run X as I am
having trouble configuring it. When I pass startx, the screen goes
black. I can't seem to get into another console by using any variation
of cntrl+option+F1-12 as the screen stays black. cntrl-option-+ does
not cycle thru modes as the screen stays black. cntrl+option+backspace
does not kill X. By coincidence I've realized that cntrl+option+F1,
then blindly typing 'su', 'MysuPassword', then 'reboot' gets me out of
I ran xf85config as #. These are the details of it.
-wrote it to user's ~, then cp'd to /etc/X11 as # (tried and tested on
fbsd and obsd)
-xfree is the server, as checking /usr/X11R6/bin shows X linked to
-no us variant
-no additional XKB
-H to 60-60 (works on other unices)
-V to 75-117 (works on other unices)
-called the monitor "iMac Monitor" without quotes
-selected Rage 128 as video card
-selected ram to be 8834 (this is hashed in the config file anyway)
-ok'd modes (should run thru anything the card/monitor doesn't support.
There was nothing out of the ordinary anyway)
-set default to 16, but also tried 8 (work on 16 and 24 on other unices)
PS-console scrolls very slowly
I'm not sure about the below, although I can't see it being the reason
for X's failing.
-selected IMPS/2 for my usb m$ mouse, using /dev/input/mice but I
gather /dev /wsmouse is probably correct?
As I can't find sample xf86Configs of Rage 128 based machines running
nbsd, I thought nbsd might not support X on the Rage 128 despite the
netbsd macppc X11 page stipulating, "XFree86 supports a small subset of
all supported macppc models, but it is a much more capable X server --
it handles resolution switching and more than 8 bpp color depth, in
addition to some acceleration."
If this is wrong there should some sort of notice on the main macppc
page (or the X11 macppc page) rather than the general, " ... XFree86
supports ... more than 8 bpp color depth, in addition to some
Any assistance is appreciated. If Rage 128 is not supported, I'd
appreciate, though disappointing, response.