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MeshCube: ATI Rage VGA progress

To: Michael Stickel <>
Subject: MeshCube: ATI Rage VGA progress
From: Ralf Ackermann <>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 11:20:27 +0200 (CEST)
Cc: Pete Popov <>,,
Original-recipient: rfc822;
Hello Michael,

I managed to compile and start a 2.4.22 kernel (with aty... patch 
=> executes some atyfb specific code (see below)

atyfb: using auxiliary register aperture
atyfb: 3D RAGE (XL pCI-33MHz) [0x4752 rev 0x27] 4M DRAM, 29.498928 MHz 
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 80x25
fb0: ATY Mach64 frame buffer device on PCI
Dummy keyboard driver installed.
        => the output varies from either
                - my monitor stating "no signal"
                - to "input not supported"
=> is there any further way to debug this behaviour?

Unfortunately the kernel later on reproducibly crashes at

NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.fos: ICMP, UDP,�CP,�GMP
IP: rhats, CPreinti Pain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address fffff000,�pc 
== 8028 0
Oops in fault.c::do_page_fault, line 206:
$0 : 00000000

=> We can hopefully solve this by agreeing on a common (proven to work) 
test basis => see below.


Can we do a few things to coordinate further work:

1. Are we using the same miniPCI ATI Rage XL? Mine is an Micro Star MS 
9513 and states

[root@meshcube02 /]# lspci -vv
0000:00:03.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage XL (rev 
27) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- 
ParErr- Stepping+ SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- 
<TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 128 (2000ns min)
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 5
        Region 0: Memory at 40000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
        Region 1: I/O ports at 0300 [size=256]
        Region 2: Memory at 41000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Expansion ROM at <unassigned> [disabled] [size=128K]
        Capabilities: [5c] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=0mA 
                Status: D0 PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=0 PME-

2. Can we please put 
        - a hint on what kernel source to use (e.g. tag for retrieval 
                from mips-linux CVS) and any necessary further
        - a .config file for the kernel
on the Wiki?

Looking forward to seeing something on my monitor! :-)


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