problems with "ATI proprietary" R500 driver on xorg server 7.0.1

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Sat Oct 17 17:05:22 PDT 2009

On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 7:43 PM, Dan Engholm <mustang at> wrote:
> John,
> Thanks for the reply.  I'm sorry if my posting was out of place; I was
> just doing what the driver told me to do.
> (WW) R500(0): R500 support is under development. Please report any
> issues to xorg-driver-ati at
> This is how I found out about this list.  I'd love to try something but
> I really don't understand what you're suggesting.  We can take this up
> off the list, if you prefer.  Or not at all, if you don't want to.

r500 is a repacked version of the radeon driver for r5xx+ chips that
redhat ships with rhel.  I'm not sure the xserver that is shipped with
rhel support xrandr.

> --Dan
> John Serink wrote:
>> Hi dan:
>> 2 things:
>> 1. This mailing list is for the xorg gpl drivers, it has notjing to do with the ati closed source drivers,
>> 2. I have a X1600 based system, r530, M56 and works great with the Xorg drivers and Xrandr for large desktop. Give it try and see what you think.
>> Cheers,
>> John
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: xorg-driver-ati-bounces at <xorg-driver-ati-bounces at>
>> To: xorg-driver-ati at <xorg-driver-ati at>
>> Sent: Fri Sep 25 17:22:12 2009
>> Subject: problems with "ATI proprietary" R500 driver on xorg server 7.0.1
>> Dear list,
>> I have a PC with an ATI FireGL V3400 display adapter.  It has two flat
>> panel LCD monitors connected via DVI and I want to set it up with a
>> single desktop spanning the two.  After some research, I figured that I
>> had to install the ATI proprietary driver to get the Xinerama extension
>> for this card so I got it and installed it with no apparent problems.
>> Unfortunately, aticonfig reports that it cannot find suitable hardware
>> so I had to configure the server by hand.  I found that it works just
>> fine with Clone on and Xinerama off but if I reverse the two, the server
>> crashes with this in the log:
>> Backtrace:
>> 0: X(xf86SigHandler+0x71) [0x48e8f1]
>> 1: /lib64/ [0x3b2b6302d0]
>> 2: X(xf86RandR12CreateScreenResources+0x38e) [0x4b7c0e]
>> 3: X [0x4b1d3f]
>> 4: X(main+0x2e5) [0x4333b5]
>> 5: /lib64/ [0x3b2b61d994]
>> 6: X(FontFileCompleteXLFD+0x229) [0x4327f9]
>> The driver says this of the adapter:
>> (--) R500(0): Chipset: "ATI FireGL V3400" (ChipID = 0x71d2)
>> I could not find any driver version information in the log but I just
>> downloaded it from AMD on the 15th.  The installer's filename is
>> If anybody has any ideas on how to get around this problem, I would
>> appreciate hearing them.  Other information is available upon request.
>> Thanks in advance.
>> --Dan
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