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A Losing Battle: Video cards for Xorg on a 9111-285
« on: January 23, 2012, 09:35:03 PM »
I have a 9111-285 Intellistation with both a GXT135P and a GXT6500P in it. Neither works well with Debian squeeze for one reason or another.

I have tried stopping gdm3 and passing 'Xorg -config' to generate an xorg.conf that I can mess around with but it errors at:

(++) Using config file: "/root/"
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
Number of created screens does not match number of detected devices.
  Configuration failed.

I assume that's because I selected the GXT135P as the framebuffer and there are actually 2 cards.

I can boot via serial console with the GXT6500P in the machine and it boots (thus bypassing the kernel incompatibility with displaying the frambuffer on the GXT6500P) but Xorg hates that card even more, doesn't have a driver and uses the 'fbdev' driver instead which works very poorly as it is probably not working well as a frame-buffer device because of the kernel incompatibility.

The GXT6500P works flawlessly in AIX 5L as you'd expect.

What to do...