View Full Version : Radeon 7200 issues
01-03-2007, 05:14 PM
Hey guys, I recently installed PC-BSD 1.3 on a spare computer using a Radeon 7200 (old, I know) and I can't seem to get it working. It's fine during the install process, but when it boots to KDE the screen becomes severely distorted, as if there are no drivers, and hangs there. At times, the the monitor won't even get a signal. I was wondering if there's a way to correct this. I used Fedora before PC-BSD using the same card and it worked fine. I have no other spare video cards laying around. I was forced to use the onboard video for now, which is even crappier than the 7200. Any insight would be much appreciated.
01-03-2007, 05:45 PM
If you can, ssh into your PC-BSD computer with your other computer and look at the /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config file. If one of those exists then as root, edit it and look for the Device | Driver line and change it from what it is (probably ati) to vesa. If it doesn't exist the as root run X -configure and once it finishes then cp /root/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf and then reboot now
Hope fully this will help as there seems to be a problem with some of the nVidia cards
01-03-2007, 06:48 PM
Worked. I really appreciate the help.
01-03-2007, 07:19 PM
What was wrong with it?
01-03-2007, 07:46 PM
It was merely PC-BSD having trouble recognizing the card, so I did as you suggested. I SSH'd into PC-BSD from another computer and edited the device | driver line in those files and changed it to vesa. It's a quick fix, but it will do for now. Not that it's of great importance (and as much as I dislike ATI), but I hope there is better support for older ATI cards in the future. I'm loving this distro. I can't believe how fast it is. It's now my distro of choice.
Thanks again for the help.
01-03-2007, 07:50 PM
If the problem is PC-BSD's ability to recognize the card, please post a bug. we have a detection mechanism and you can help improving it by posting your bug on the bug database.
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